QuiltCon Charity Quilt

QuiltCon, the first national gathering of The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) is happening next month in Austin, TX. One of the many challenges and events happening around QuiltCon is the QuiltCon Block Challenge. Essentially, guild members were able to submit a block using the QuiltCon colors that were going to be pieced together by Elizabeth Hartman for a fundraiser quilt, the tickets being sold at QuiltCon. Yet only one quilt could be made for that drawing and many more blocks were received than could be made into one quilt. So the MQG decided to divide and send out the blocks to individual guilds, have them piece those blocks into a quilt, and donate all those quilts, 46 total (one for each bed), to the Austin Children's Shelter.

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild is making two of those quilts. Guild members have stepped up to piece, quilt, bind and make sleeves for the quilts. I voluteered to long arm quilt one of the quilts, and here it is.

My challenge with this quilt was the large amount of negative space (the yellow background). I decided to use a straght line chevron pattern. This is an often used design within the modern quilting movement, and I enhanced the pattern for added dimension by varying the spaces between the lines. I used a large feather pattern for the dark gray borders around the colorful blocks for unity. The curviness of that large feather is a nice contrast to the stark lines of the background. And finally, I created a unique quilting design to match the personality of each individual block.

Due to the quickly approaching QuiltCon, and the time needed for others to bind and make sleeves for the quilt, I had to squeeze this in and get it done asap in between my customer quilts. I'm glad I was able to participate in the making of this quilt, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Even better, I know it is going to make a needing child very happy to have this new colorful quilt on their bed.

Sunbonnet Sue and Spools Charity quilt

I'm trying to catch up on the charity quilts hanging in my closet  This Sunbonnet Sue top has been waiting around longer than I'd care to admit. This quilt is for a group called Quilts From The Heart that is associated with the Santa Monica Quilt Guild. They are a tremendously active group that contributes so much to our local community and more. Sorry it's taken me soooo long.

The spools quilt is for the Quilter's Circle of Hope that meets monthly to piece quilt tops for cancer patients participating in groups conducted at the Cancer Support Community located in West Los Angeles.

Thanks to Sew Modern

This Bento Box style quilt was made with fabrics donated to the Cancer Support Community by Lauren Hawley, owner of Sew Modern. Lauren has been tremendously generous to the Cancer Support Community, as well as to many other charitable organizations.  

Lisa Redmond pieced this quilt. I did the long arm quilting on this particular quilt. This quilting is an example of the concept that less is more. Long arm quilters, and myself most definitely included, tend to overquilt just because we can. This is a simple quilt intended to provide comfort for someone that is hurting, and called for a simple and functional quilting pattern.  

I'd also like to mention that Lisa Faulkner Alexakis who does long arm quilting out of Sew Modern, also generously donates her time to long arming quilts that are donated to the Cancer Support Community.

Another Charity Quilt

What am I working on today? Another charity quilt. This one is for the Wounded Warrior Project.


This particular quilt was pieced by Nancy King, who I know through the Westside Quilters and the Santa Monica Quilt Guild.

I enjoy doing the charity quilts in between my paying customers. Not only is it an opportunity to give back, but it also allows me the chance to try out and practice new quilting designs and patterns. A win win for all -- another quilt for charity and my skills improve to benefit my customers.