Friday, November 3, 2023

Quilt the World with Accuquilt and Island Batik


 Have you done quilts or projects for charity?  It makes you feel so good knowing your time and effort will surround someone with a hug.  I've donated quite a few, and long arm tops for charity, too.  I've done Quilts of Valor, and presented quilts to special people in my life who have served in the armed forces.  My dad, and my sister-in-law's nephew, and a priest were 3 of the men who got quilts, but I've donated blocks, too.  I donated to my guild, as well.  This one is going to Pieceful Patchers of Williston Park, part of their drive for quilts for a children's charity.  It's not quilted yet, but will be soon.  Things have been a little crazy lately, and my sinus infection makes it worse.  

Heather likes to check out my work.

I wanted something bright and cheery.  I had packs an older collection of 5" squares aka Stamps from Island Batik, and a pack of neutrals, and decided to start this at the charity sewing day back in March.  I used the Quilt in a Day Tossed 9 Patch pattern, but made a mistake in the cutting (maybe too much chatting, not enough check it twice??) and then the time at the center was ending.  I set the blocks aside until I figured out how I wanted to fix the mistake.  I ended up actually making a replacement block, and cut them all correctly, lol.  I added some borders, Almond and Birthday Spikes for the outer border.  It measures about 52" square, and I have more Spikes for the binding ready to go.   I know some child will enjoy snuggling with this bright, fun and happy quilt.  Although the squares were precut, Accuquilt dies would also work for this design, and I did use the strip dies for the borders and binding.  

 Island Batik and Accuquilt have prizes up for grabs if you share your quilts on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #quilttheworld2023

So, find a charity, make a quilt and share it.  You'll feel great, and so will the person who gets to cuddle with the quilt.  My other guild has a number of charities we support, and recently donated 26 quilts to help cover the students, teachers and families involved in the Freeport band bus accident.  The students lost 2 teachers, and many others were injured when their bus went off the road into a ravine in PA, on their way to band camp.  We also collect kennel quilts for a local animal shelter, and donated quilts to some of the local food banks to give to the families who need a hug.  Knowing my efforts help another is such a great feeling.  You'll agree when you create something for another.  And you may even win a prize.  

Thanks for reading, and I'll share the finished quilt soon.  

PS, Island Batik Ambassadors are doing a blog hop this month.  You can read about it and get the schedule and enter to win fabric, too.  By Annie bags are awesome.  Check it out! 


Jennifer Schifano Thomas said...

Your quilt is so pretty with the sun shining through it. I know someone is going to feel loved wrapped up in it. Beautiful and inspiring post. I love what you wrote. Have a great day!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

This is just beautiful, Maryellen! I know it will be well loved!

Kathleen said...

That is a fun and colorful quilt! I do love quilting for charity.