Friday, August 28, 2020

Quilts of Compassion

I finally shipped out the last of my Hands2Help Comfort Quilts for this year. The charity event ended back in June but I know the groups that receive the quilts can always use them. So I don't worry too much about when I get my donations shipped out. Hey, it's still 2020, right? (As if any of us could ever forget that it is 2020.)

This scrappy tumbler quilt has been given to Quilts of Compassion, who provide help to those who are recovering from disasters. I won a tumbler template in a blog giveaway last year, and have been using it to trim random scraps. I then sorted them into dark, light and medium values and stitched them into columns. The resulting top was pretty blah, so I framed it with two white and one skinny red border. That felt more fresh and clean.


You can see the mishmash variety of fabrics I used in this closeup. Everything but the kitchen sink! I quilted it in simple wavy lines running through each row.


The backing was pieced together with chunks of fabric that were given to me by my friend Steph. The red is the same as the skinny inner border, and I used that for the binding, too. I think that helped make the whole thing more cohesive. 


The colors of the backing are more true in this photo. I love all the sweet hearts in these fabrics. Thanks, Steph!
 
These two previously-blogged toddler quilts were sent to Quilts of Compassion in the same box. I'll definitely be donating to them again; their mission really speaks to me.


We are currently cruising New England and have made it as far northeast in Maine as we can get the big boat. This photo is from Plymouth, Massachusetts where we had several spectacular sunsets. This one took my breath away! 

25 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh Louise, how clever to create the border on the tumblers, brings them together beautifully. And the smaller ones are cute. I'm on my third 5 yard quilt - such a great pattern. Stunning sunset photo, sail well.

Cathy said...

Oh my, that was a lovely sunset, wasn’t it? Anyway, I love the borders you did on that tumbler quilt. I’m going to save that photo to remind me of that great way to spice up a quilt! Stay safe, friend!

Pamela Arbour said...

I always look forward to seeing what you are making. You really know how to put things together. The sunset was beautiful.

Heide said...

Love the movement the tumbler block has. What a breath taking sunset!

Tracie @ Riceford Streams said...

Framing the tumbler block was very effective! I’ll have to remember that idea. Your sunset photo is stunning.

Debbie said...

I love kitchen sink quilts! The more the merrier. You have a beautiful sunset to enjoy.....great sailing.

piecefulwendy said...

I've been wondering what you've been sewing lately, so it's fun to see this post. I knew you were near Maine, which is fun. That sunset photo is amazing. Great way to finish that tumbler block quilt!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Fun quilts, Louise!!! Great job! So much fun to look at all those prints. And what a beautiful photo.

Barb Neiwert said...

Yes, fun quilts for a good cause! My question is this. Where do you store all your fabric on your boat? Maybe with small spaces it's a good reason to get fabric used up! Excellent sunset!!!

JanineMarie said...

I like your spin on the tumbler quilt. And yes, quilts are needed year-round. With this crazy year, time is irrelevant. Your sunset photo Is lovely, but along with your donation, it’s a poignant reminder of the effects of the wildfires out West. That smoke plume has traveled far!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your tumbler quilt is wonderful, Louise! I should dig out my tumbler template - I never quite mastered how to sew those shapes correctly, so some practice again might help! I should also look up Quilts of Compassion - I need someplace to send quilts that will take some smaller ones like I make. Where do you send them? Enjoy Maine -beautiful up there!

WAS Ann D said...

Great idea to border the tumblers. I like it! And what a beautiful sunset. Thanks for sharing it!

The Joyful Quilter said...

SEW glad you finished up your last H2H quilt for this charity, Louise! There is such a need of donation quilts of all styles and sizes for any number of organizations. You are a very generous quilter! It's always impressive to see what you've made on your boat.

Linda said...

Gosh it turned out so pretty. It’s amazing how a quilt can turn random scraps into a thing of beauty. You did good. I like that tumbler pattern. Hope it’s cool where you are!

gayle said...

Love those quilts! They'll bring some sunshine to places where it's needed!
And wouldn't the colors in that sunset photo make a lovely quilt...?

Vicki in MN said...

I love that you added that border on the tumbler quilt. I hope to one day see Maine. Gorgeous sunset!

Kate said...

Fun and colorful donation quilts. The border does really perk up that tumbler quilt. Maine is beautiful, we were a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Gorgeous sunset. Hope you've been able to enjoy a few more since.

Steph said...

I love it! You're very welcome for the fabric, it makes me happy to see it made into such a cheerful quilt :)

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

Your scrap quilt is great. Thanks for the idea! I have made lots of tumbler quilts, but I never thought to turn them like this (sound of hand clunking against head). Have a lovely time in New England. That sunset is amazing.

Cindy said...

Love that back with all the different fabrics!!!!! I find it amazing that you so much accomplished on a boat!!!! Love your posts!!!

Nicki said...

You sure know how to dress up a quilt. I love that scrappy tumbler quilt with the red and white border. It just made those blocks pop out with joy on the quilt. The scrappy back is perfect & pulls everything together. Thanks to Steph for her donation to the quilt. The two toddler quilts will be warmly received by youngsters who need a big hug after recovering from a disaster.
You could not have gotten a more beautiful picture of Vector out in the wide waters. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Angie in SoCal said...

Three wonderful quilts! Ah, that sunset - Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Blessings,

Kathleen said...

Love the sky and the quilts! Are you still in New England? I am loving this summer in so many ways, here, a little less crowded and many perfect days. I'm on Peaks Island in Maine...its a real privilege to live here.

Fiona said...

I love how you worked the tumbler quilt... doing the rows gives it an effective secondary pattern and the borders give it such a lift.... beautiful sunset... I know pictures don't do them justice ever so I can imagine how wonderful it was...
Hugz

KaHolly said...

You are so inspiring! Enjoy that New England coast! It’s where I grew up.