Meeting a Charity Quilting Goal

One thing about quilting for charity is the need never ends.  There are so many worthy causes to give to, and it gets hard to decide what to do next.  It has been pointed out several times that the most difficult quilts to get donated are the ones suitable for an older boy.  It is easy to do toddler prints, and girlie stuff.  But there are older boys on the list too, often overlooked.  So, that is my focus for the next couple of quilts.  I am going to do larger ones suitable for an older boy, or young man.

Boy's D9P Quilt

My biggest problem with that is in fabric.  My stash is heavy Thimbleberries, florals and darks, lots of autumn colors, much too adult for my purposes, or too girlie.  These fabrics were more generic, just some dots and swirls.

There was only enough blue for the center patch, so I cut 12. I cut 24 gold ones for either side and sewed those rows. They are five inch squares.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Ok, you know I usually show you my boo-boos. Here’s another. When I got to the end I was one short, yet I knew I had cut the right number. Get out the ripper, I sewed two golds to one blue. Ugh!!

Boy's D9P Quilt

Got that straightened out, and completed the center rows for the blocks.

Boy's D9P Quilt

The gold and brown rows went much faster, as I could sew entire width of fabric in rows. I used 5 inch wide strips.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Then I cut the sections into five inch strips.

Boy's D9P Quilt

I pressed all toward the gold so I had nicely nesting seams.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Here is the nine-patch block.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Cut and turned in the usual manner.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Sewn one at a time. I tend to get wonky blocks if I try to chain piece at this stage.

Boy's D9P Quilt

The blocks were sewn into four groups of three blocks.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Then the rows were sewn together. And now, a decision to be made.

Boy's D9P Quilt

I don’t have enough of the blue with the dots left to do a border. I do have these other blues.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Neither one is an exact match for color. I also have enough of the brown, but I think that would be too much brown.

Boy's D9P Quilt

Which do you like?

See part 2 here.

20 thoughts on “Meeting a Charity Quilting Goal

  1. Either blue would work, for sure. I prefer the one on the right, it appears slightly darker. Lovely quilt. I have just used this same design in a baby quilt in pinks and greys.

  2. Lesley Gilbert

    I prefer the blue – could you not sew strips of both blues together for a more casual binding? Thanks for your tutorial.

  3. Margaret Reid

    I like the brighter blue. The one on the left in the photo. I have committed to making 4 quilts for Christmas for my Brother and his three sons. What a time I had coming up with something. I’m almost finished, But I sure wish I had seen this post months ago. Nice job.

  4. Blue for sure. Like Carol, the blue on the left. I know what my son would call that color of brown. Not nice, so blue for sure. Thanks for all you do.

  5. GrannyC

    Perhaps a thin inner border of brown with wider outer border of blue would frame it up and tie it together nicely. Some young man will really enjoy this quilt!

  6. I like the blue. Either look good to me, but I prefer the one on the left. The design seems slightly less girly, though it’s really just in comparison.

  7. I prefer the blue on the right, it is a tighter design and less girly. Carole, what if you did just a small strip of the blue and then added the brown as the outer border. Just a thought. I think it is fabulous that you are doing these quilts for charity and especially for an older boy, because you are so right not enough people make for this older gender. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Have a wonderful creative day!

    I will have all of step 4 done in a few hours and move on to step 5! I am loving the process of revealing this mystery. My hubby said last night that he is excited to see the final results of what everyone did to see what types of varieties are used. He is a wonderful supporter of my quilting adventures. Will post photos later today also!

  8. So great of you to make quilts for specific needs. I like the blue on the left for the border – it feels darker and more masculine. I feel a brown border would make the whole quilt look a little dark/dull. Love D9P patterns!!

  9. Jo Acuff

    I would use both-put the brown not so wide next to the blocks and the not so matched blue on the outside.

  10. Carol Leak

    Hi Carole, I’m Carol with no “e” My group makes lots of charity quilts, and we often use scrappy borders made of the leftover or similar fabrics. It looks fine, also uses up some of the stash instead of leaving more to deal with later! Just sew random lengths of the width you want for borders in all the colors of blue and brown you have left. I also use leftovers to piece bindings and backings. (Can you tell I’m a Bonnie Hunter fan?) LOL! Don’t forget to watch her Quiltcam tonight at 8 eastern. Carol (in Arkansas)

  11. sgrancio

    Great variety of ideas, it would be fun to see them all mocked up together. I prefer the blue on the left, but like the suggestion of a narrow inner brown border, maybe with a scrappy wider blue of both options, or border of the one and binding of the other… Good color pull from stash for a ‘hard to make for’ age range. Good reminder about such a versatile pattern, too.

  12. manasotavacation

    I like either blue, but if you want to put some extra time (like you have so much) how about wide “piano keys” with the brown and the blue on the border???? Put a narrow blue or brown inner border and then piano keys for outer border????

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