Tuesday, December 30, 2014

working on group charity qulits

My quilt group, Mt. Washington Quilting Bees, makes quilts for a charitable organization each year.
This time we have voted for 2 organizations...Hospice and Project Linus.  Both request smaller quilts which works well for our group...more manageable when it's time to do the quilting.

Looking for ideas for blocks that each Bee could make using her own fabrics...which would then be joined with other Bees blocks for a scrappy look,  I came up with this "16 Patch Block".

They are made with 2 1/2 inch squares, which can be cut from scraps...but a quick and easy way to make them is by using "fat quarters",  which is an 18" x 22" cut of fabric commonly sold at fabric stores.

Take a dark and a light fat quarter and place them right sides together. 

Cut lengthwise into 2 1/2" strips.

Sew these together in sets of two and then join those together into sets of four strips.

Cut these sets crosswise into 2 1/2 " segments.

Flip every other segment to form a checker board pattern. Sew together in sets of four. There you have your 16 Patch.

The clock is there because I was timing myself. Using this method, I had 7 blocks finished and pressed in less than an hour and a half.

Here they are with other blocks I have made from smaller scraps (not all joined together yet).

I think it makes an interesting scrappy quilt. These blocks finish at 8" square...so probably 7 rows of 5 blocks would make a nice small quilt.
 I will present it to the group and see if they would like to try this block for our charity quilts.

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