Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Quilts For Kids project

I was so excited to get my kit in the mail that I sent away for from Quilts For Kids. I mentioned them in my last post here about how you can request a quilt making kit. Then when it's done, the quilt is donated to a children's hospital. It's an amazing program and I was really touched after reading some of the stories on their website. It only took about a week to get it in the mail & I was excited to start a little project while my husband was out of town.

Here's what my kit looked like:

It came with all the fabric for a little boy's quilt. It was red, green, blue, and dinosaur print. Super cute! The fabric is all pre-cut, so there was really no prep work required besides pressing everything.

The first step was taking the strips of green & blue fabric & sewing them together lengthwise.

Put the right sides of the fabric together, facing each other. Use a 1/4 inch allowance for everything.

Press open.

There were 3 sets total. Next, we cut them into 3 1/2 inch block sets. 

This is what I ended up with. 

Next, combine 2 of the blue & green block sets to form a pattern like this:

Put them together, correct sides facing in.

Press open. This is your green & blue 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch square.

Then all you do is alternate the blocks you just made with the solid 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch blocks. Make sure all of the blue & green blocks are facing the correct way. There are different patterns you can make with the squares but I chose the basic layout from the instructions.

After double, triple, quadruple, and maybe quintuple checking your pattern layout, sew the blocks together in rows. Then sew the rows together.

This quilt included 2 borders. One was skinny & one was fat, so I added those but forgot to take pictures in between. I was just really excited about how much progress I was making!

 Here is the completed quilt top with both borders. 

I was so surprised at how quickly I was able to put this together. It took maybe 2 1/2 hours total, and that was with me being distracted & having to keep the kids occupied while I tried to sew. Once you make the little blue and green squares the rest just flew by. Despite how simple the pattern is, I've never done one like this. My son likes it a lot and said he would wants me to do his quilt kind of like this. We'll see what I come up with.

Next up I need to add the batting & the backing and quilt everything together. I'm not sure how I want to do it just yet. I don't really want to just stitch in the ditch so maybe I'll do something fun. It needs to be something that will hold up to a lot of washings though, so I need to keep that in mind when I do it. I'll probably head to Joann's for the batting sometime over the weekend. Can't wait to show you what the next step looks like!

What are you working on? Or wanting to be working on?

3 comments:

  1. Hi Mellisa I am new follower via under 300 blog hop . I love it here. you seem sincere and sweet. love the tats and make me want to have another one, maybe when I turn 40! you have a beautiful family.....continue being you and your numbers will increase immensely. I really love what you are about re quilts for a cause!! you are a true beauty and a rare find!

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  2. So cool! I made a quilt once and I probably won't do it again! Ha! But this is a great idea!

    Stopping by from the blog hop! Nice to "meet" you! :-)

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