First off, our Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway is still going on, and you can enter here!
This is the second of two quilts I made for South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild‘s Pay It Forward charity group. We wanted to create quilts for Jacob’s Heart, a local charity that supports children with cancer and their families. Currently Jacob’s Heart is supporting 31 children in Santa Cruz county, and we were trying to make quilts before a charity drive they are doing tomorrow. Thus the 31 quilts in 31 days challenge was born.
For this quilt, I wanted to do something more gender neutral, so I chose green and yellow fabrics, with a couple hints of orange for a pop of brightness. I wasn’t sure I’d have time to do something very technically difficult, so I designed this quilt based on a simple expanding square motif. The sizes were determined by using charm squares for the central ring, as I had quite a few of them and wanted to use some for this quilt.
Making the quilt ended up being fairly emotional for me. I envisioned who it was for and what they were going through while I was making it, and wishing I could do more. I decided that if some child can be strong enough to fight cancer, I could get over my ridiculous fear of free-motion quilting, and so this is officially the first quilt that I’ve ever FMQed. It’s not perfect by a long shot, but I’m pretty happy with it overall. I’m sure with more practice I will improve, and now I’ve gotten that first step out of the way!
I used an orange print for the binding because I wanted to tie in the very central orange square of the quilt.
The back is two pieces of flannel, the Riley Blake chevron and some sketch flannel.
I wish I could infuse all the healing in the world into this simple quilt.
Finished size: 50″ x 50″
Fabrics used: A bunch of everything.
Design: My own.
Number of pre-cut charm squares actually used as this was designed around using them: 2