Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blue Strips Quilt As You Go

This is my third donation quilt.

This one was particularly easy and highly addictive to make. Why is it addictive? I can't stop thinking about making the next one and what color combinations to use.

I have lots of fabric to use and this particular design is a great one for someone like me. I like small, simple projects that work up quickly, but look cute.

This is a close up of the back of the quilt.

The finished measurement is 45 inches by 60 inches

The top of the quilt was all donated fabrics in shades of blue. The back of the quilt is an owl print flannel. Strips were sewn in the Quilt As You Go method. (If you're a tad confused, Google: Quilt As You Go)

This worked up so fast and easy that it may be my go to method from now on. I hate having to pin a quilt sandwich together. With this method, I still had to pin, but strips were sewn and quilted in one easy step.

Fabrics that were donated were given to me by the customers and employees of Schrader's Fabrics by Barb.

The flannel and batting I purchased with the funds from my Etsy shop, Nelly's Quilt Room

This quilt has been donated to the Gabriel Project.


Blue Spiral Isolette Cover Quilt

This is my second quilt to donate this year. It was a lot of work. I'm not sure I'll do another one like this, but it was a lot of fun and I was able to use up a lot of small scraps and a fabric panel that didn't sell in my Etsy shop, Nelly's Quilt Room.

The center piece is a fabric panel. The surrounding fabrics were individually pieced together. About 90% of the top fabrics were donated.

The backing is flannel that was donated to me.

The fabrics donated to me for this project were given to me by employees and customers of Schrader's Fabrics by Barb.

The finished quilt measured 50 inches by 60 inches. It will be donated to my local hospital.

Monkey Growth Chart Quilt

This is my first charity quilt for this year. It was a very simple design. I feel more drawn to simple craft projects.

You'll have to tilt your head to the left, but I think you get the general idea that it's just a fabric panel with a coordinating fabric around it.

The backing fabric is flannel.

The panel was one that I had purchased a few years ago. Since, I wasn't using it for anything productive, I decided to make it into a small quilt.

The finished size of my donation quilt was 45 inches by 60 inches.

The organization it was donated to was Project Gabriel.

The fabric surrounding the panel, the backing fabric and the binding fabric were all donated to me by people who heard of my crafty philanthropy. My local quilt shop spreads the word about my efforts and people clean out their stash. Then I get to take all those scraps and have fun.

The local quilt shop that helps me out soooooo much is Schrader's Fabrics by Barb.

Without the help of the ladies at the quilt shop, constantly cleaning out their fabric stash, I would not be able to do what I do.

If you want to help support my project, hop on over to my Etsy shop, Nelly's Quilt Room

Stay tuned for more crafty wonderfulness :-)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Crafty philanthropy

2015 was so busy for me, that I didn't even post on here. wow

So 2016 is here. I'm excited for this year so far. I started doing something different last year with my Etsy shop. With the profits from my shop, I made different things for charitable causes. The main focus of 2015 was the ConKerr Cancer pillow case project. I would make a pillowcase for item I sold in my shop. In 2015, I was able to make 210 pillowcases.

2016 rolls around and I'm still gung ho with making pillowcases. Then a bomb gets dropped on me. My donation spot, Fabrics by Barb, told me that they no longer needed pillowcases made. On top of that, someone donated a bunch of fabric to me and left it at the shop.

I was left scratching my head. What the heck was I going to do with a beautiful bag of fabric wonderfulness????

I also kept thinking about the bins of yarn in my basement.

I asked around and found several places willing to take quilts and other crafts. As of now I'm currently crafting for 3 charitable causes:

Project Gabriel: This project helps out girls who decide they want to keep their baby.

My local hospital. They had a need for lap comfort quilts and isolette covers

My local PTO.  I may be awful at fund raising, but I'm great at crafting. They love my cute free crafts :-)

I may add to this list as the year goes on.

What I'll be doing this year is using my profits from my Etsy shop to get the supplies needed for making quilts and other craft goodies. I'll try to keep up with posting the pictures of projects on here so that my customers can see what their purchases help me produce.

Why bother doing this stuff?? I just enjoy being a crafty philanthropist.

Stay tuned, more crafty madness is on the way.