Quick Charity Quilt

I pulled out a blue floral print as I was trying to clean out some fabrics.  I just happened to see another blue, and a yellow fat quarter at the same time.  I want to sew up more charity quilts, so this looked like a good combination.  But, because I am deep into doing the work on other projects, this one needed to be simple and quick.  No triangles this time!

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I started with cutting the blue and yellow fabrics into 3-1/2 inch strips, and sewing those in pairs. Cross cut into 3-1/2 inch units.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I sewed those into four patches.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I cut the blue floral into 6-1/2 inch squares and sewed one to each four-patch.  Make sure all your units are identical, it is important to the overall design.  I made sure I had a yellow square on the top of each unit.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Press towards the larger square. Sew two units together to make a strip of four blocks.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Alternating the orientation, the seams nest on the larger square.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Alternating the orientation of the rows, gives me a checkerboard setting.  The yellow squares run diagonally one way while the blue ones go the other way, creating some movement in the design.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

For borders, I added a one inch border of dark green first to set the piecing apart from the borders. I only had enough of the blue for one 2-inch border, and not enough of the blue print as I would want the next border to be 3 inches wide.  So, I’ll use the blue print as binding.

Blue Yellow Charity Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I loaded it on the longarm and quilted half of one row of cute bows. Then the machine locked up. Seriously locked up. Something is really wrong. Unfortunately, Randy was out on vacation last week when this happened. So, with any luck, maybe I can get with him this week and get sewing again. I have a Moda Bake Shop quilt I need to get on the frame soon to have it ready for the August publication date. I am soooooo glad I started that one early!

Update – it is finished, see the completion HERE.

So, what are you working on now?

10 thoughts on “Quick Charity Quilt

  1. I just finished a quilt with this same pattern (blue, whit, & orange floral, blue/white stripe and orang solid with a slight pattern). It’s a very cheerful quilt. I don’t have a long arm, so I was going to try to FMQ. I’m a relatively new quilter so I’m hesitating a bit. I was thinking of some sort of swirl with an occasional heart here and there. The floral print has hearts in it. Any suggestions?

  2. Rosemaryflower

    Very cute Carole. I love the colors. I love Blue yellow and white
    Have a nice week-end. ugh, humidity. Well, so glad I do not live on the coast haha have you had enough rain? Stay cool.

  3. Good Morning Carole! I think your charity quilt is so pretty with all of the flowers and fabric combination. These are fun types of quilts to do. Sorry about the problems you are having with the longarm; I hope that it can be fixed quickly and that it will not cause any delays or trouble for your August publication. Deanna and I have gotten together this week and with all the posts about Christmas in July blog hops and such, well I was really in the mood to put together a Christmas quickie. We finally chose our fabrics, our block (Shoo Fly) and have put together a couple of Table Runners. They have been so fun and we just might get them completed today! LOL. I sure get a ton of inspiration from you and putting together quilts in such a short time that look superb! It is overcast here today with more rain in the forecast so a great day for quilting! Have a fantastic creative day!

  4. dezertsuz

    Uh, oh! Locked up is not good! I hope it’s soon fixed and you are on your way again. This is a cute quilt, and looks very quick.

  5. So simple looking and such an engaging colour combination. I hope the problem with your longarm machine is not serious and that it is mended quickly.

  6. I don’t quilt and I’m curious about this machine. What exactly does it do and how does it looking up stop you from finishing the quilt. I m guessing maybe it does the quilting on the finished pieces for you, but not sure. HUgs-Erika

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