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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free is Always Good

It's not often that we can say we made a quilt for free.  But this one definitely qualifies.  I have finished another languishing project - happy dance!  These blocks will be donated to my guild for our quilt show in April.  Guild members were asked to make designated versions of this block throughout the year .  They will be for sale in the boutique at the show for $1 apiece.  Our goal as a guild was 1,000 blocks - to date, we have about 1,400!!  And I'm getting ready to give 48 more.
Each month there was  a suggested theme - red, white and blue, Christmas, floral, bright, etc. These blocks were made for the "Manly" month.  I was just going to do about 20, but since I've been a "brown girl" for many years, I had lots of scraps and they just kept multiplying :).
I didn't spend too much time trying to figure out the balance, very scrappy quilts are usually okay if the same group of fabrics is used.  
This little block I think wins the award for the scrappiest - it has a partial seam, and two fabric substitutions in row 2 and row 3. I can believe I actually used up all that fabric, but I did.  That being said, I bet you can't find it in the big picture.  Love that about scrap quilts :).
So here it is - 48 blocks done and I'm ready to move on to the next project.  The blocks still need to be trimmed and a final press and they'll be ready to turn in.  I hope someone takes these home and enjoys making a fun, "manly" quilt.  Wouldn't it be interesting to see how it ends up??  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Stay warm and have a great day.
Karen

10 comments:

Debra said...

I would take it home but then you'd have to piece it and
Quilt it! Love the colors though, manly and all. Good job!
Deb

Karen said...

The browns make me oh so happy. Love them!

Terry said...

Your blocks look great! They'll make a wonderful quilt! :0)

pcflamingo said...

What a great "manly" scrappy quilt! Love the idea. The group I make charity quilts for gets lots of "girly" type quilts and scraps but not so much that is suitable for teenage boys. This will really work for that age group. Can you tell I'm stealing it? :D

Michelle said...

Love the blocks too........
I like brown as well.
Some lucky male will love the quilt when it's done.

audrey said...

Great blocks! There's just something about brown in quilts that makes it look so cozy to me.

Vivian said...

This guild project is such a wonderful idea. It's an easy project so that hopefully all, or most, members get involved in this part of your upcoming show. Novel idea, good price, and a great variety of blocks for sale. Looks like a win-win situation for all.
That featured block proves that you're definitely a thrifty quilter. Sewn exactly like our ancestors would have done--making do with what you have.

Karen said...

Does the guild ever take blocks that aren't in the set pattern for the year?

Pokey said...

They look wonderful, what a neat project ~
:-}pokey

Janan said...

This is a great idea for fund raiser. I may suggest this to the Dothan Guild.