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Tuesday
Jan292013

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

First off, thanks for the feedback on my honesty post! You guys are the best! ;) 

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Throughout January, I've been sewing up a storm! This charity quilt top is just one of the projects I finished.  Quilt Con is less than a month away, but months ago, people from all over the world submitted blocks as part of the QuiltCon challenge. With the leftover blocks, guilds were given blocks to then make quilts for Austin Children's Shelter. There are enough quilts being made for each child to receive their own! I volunteered to piece together the blocks into a twin size quilt. Other friends from PMQG, pieced the back, quilted it, and bound it.

Above are the blocks that I recieved. I had a hard time at first deciding on how to piece all of these blocks together. At first I thought that gray would be the best to use as the background. But as I thought about a little girl or boy receiving this, gray didn't seem like the right fit. Not too cheerful! Also, there were two blocks that didn't seem to go as well with the rest. I decided that each block should have a gray border, once I added this to the two "outsider" blocks, it really made a big difference in making the whole quilt cohesive.

Next decision, what to use to piece the blocks. Honestly, I was trying to use what I had on hand rather than make another trip to the fabric store. After taking inventory of my solids, I had quite a bit of blue. All of a sudden it clicked, Starry Night! That would be the name and concept for this quilt.  

I laid out the arrangement of the blocks that I liked and started to improvisational piece together the blues. However, I choose too dark of a blue and it was starting to stand out too much. When looking at it, your eye is drawn too much to the dark blue. I posted a few pics on Instagram and got advice from my quilting pals and they all agreed. Sometimes your seam ripper can be your friend. :)

I really enjoyed improv piecing this top together. It was also amazing that this came out to just the right size, and I had just the right amount of fabric! 

Here's a finished pic of the final quilt, I really hope that this quilt makes some little guy feel extra special and loved! Don't you just love the back that Susan and Anne made?!

This quilt has inspired me to do lots more improv piecing...I love how you don't know exactly what it will look like in the end, but it often is better than you imagined. What do you like about improv piecing?