One Quilt, 3 Ideas

OOPS…some of you got this last week, before it was finished..sorry!  Still learning the software  🙂

I’ve mentioned before that I like to do something new with each quilt, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve done on one of my donation quilts. Try this stuff and let me know if it works for you.

Make extra blocks from leftover fabric

Blended borders labelled

Fall Frolic, 40″ x 40″

When you’re making a big quilt, make enough extra blocks for a donation quilt.  You don’t have to buy extra fabric, just pull from your stash.  It won’t take much time to make a few more blocks since you’re already set up to cut and sew a particular block.  The quilt above is made from extra blocks I did while constructing my husband’s quilt, which you can see here.

If you have a multicolor floral or leafy print, try a blended border

Border detail labelled

A year or so ago I bought a book called Blended Borders because I was fascinated with the concept.  I tried out several variations on donation quilts; here is one.  Ideally, I would have used some of the border fabric in the quilt blocks, but this was a seat-of-the-pants operation, not a planned-ahead quilt!

Quilt it easily on your home machine

Chicken scratch labelled

Your walking foot will do more than straight stitch.  I like to use this stitch because it’s done in the ditch but you don’t really see if it wanders from the ditch.  It also adds some decoration to the quilt.  I often use variegated thread because it goes well with my favorite batik fabrics.  I don’t know what this stitch is officially called, even by my machine’s maker, but I call it “chicken scratch”!

Try some of this and let me know how it goes!

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