Wednesday 19 December 2018

Making a charity quilt

Recently I received a call for craft items for an auction at work to benefit a local cancer charity. And since I had been thinking of making a simple quilt from some fat quarters I had, I suddenly found myself with a deadline.

Not a bad thing, since I seem to need a fixed deadline to finish a project these days...

So I started cutting...

Making it a challenge to cut as many blocks from a Fat Quarter, I managed to make five blocks out of most of them, ending up with 59 blocks. Of course it should have been 60, but well, let's say mistakes were made...

I decided on a 7 x 8 layout, and used the remaining 3 blocks on the back.

I quilted with straight lines on my domestic machine, bound with a solid light green, and of course finished with a label.

The auction was a great success, and the organisers donated the money last week. I have no idea how much the quilt itself made in the auction since I wasn't able to go to the auction myself. However, I have no illusion it will have fetched as much as it would be worth commercially.

But this is the way I look at it:
  • I have made a quilt I loved making
  • I had the opportunity to refresh my memory of a pattern I enjoy
  • I have used fabrics from my stash
  • I have contributed to a great charity
  • I have contributed to the success of a fund-raising event which is now to be repeated next year
  • Someone has ended up with a quilty hug to enjoy!
 Win-win-win in my book!

Also, I am considering writing the pattern for this, would anyone be interested?!

Size: 46" x 52" approx.
Fabrics: 12 (metric) fat quarters for the top
Wadding: lightweight cotton
Threads: Aurifil 50 wt colour 2479, used for piecing and quilting
Photos: phone camera in poor indoor lighting (sorry, the weather isn't on my side these days)!

This is a finish from my Finish-A-Long Quarter 4 list, too, and is linked up with the Finish-A-Long. My full Q4 FAL list can be found at this post.



  1. To make and give for a benefit and for another to enjoy, that is all part of our quilting days . Love the blocks and the pinks.

  2. LOL I think that's going to be on my tombstone. "Mistake were made."

    GREAT finish - the simple block really highlights the colours and fabrics.

    Thanks for linking up to the FAL, on behalf of the global hosts.


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