Monday, March 4, 2019

A Finish and a Goal

Over the weekend this little child's quilt found its way to the finished pile and will be donated for our quilt ministry.  A very straight-forward little leader and ender project, the four-patches were made while piecing the star units for the Christmas top completed a few weeks back.

The four-patches are made from three packs of 2-1/2 inch squares I received several years ago.  The original plan was to make place mats for some of the grandchildren, but that never happened, and I'm on a quest this year to divest myself of some of the excess stash that has just been sitting around, especially the little precuts that seem never enough to make anything substantial.  A new-to-me stencil was quilted in the outer border. I think this stencil will make an excellent practice motif for our newer free-motion quilters, great practice for smooth curves, and fills a fairly narrow border nicely.  I think this one will get a lot of use!

The backing was made up of leftover fabrics from a baby quilt made nearly ten years ago for our oldest granddaughter.

After completing  three quilts over the last week for our ministry's quilt 'pantry' my plan is to move on this month to starting a couple quilts for the yearly camp benefit auction which happens each Labor Day weekend.  Luckily the first flimsy was already finished last fall and has been awaiting quilting for several months.

Early last fall I was given several blocks and enough coordinating fabric to complete 13 total blocks. After going through my stash the blocks eventually became this top.

My goal for March will be to find suitable backing and binding fabrics, and at least have the quilt sandwiched and perhaps partially quilted by the end of the month.  It should make a good size throw quilt as the top measures 70 inches square.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts where Patty graciously hosts the One Monthly Goal challenge each month.  

We seem to have missed the brunt of the latest storm, for which everyone around here is breathing a sigh of relief.  Winter does seem rather never-ending this year doesn't it? Between snow showers early this morning I managed to snap this quick photo, though the camera and I didn't stay outside for long as the temperature was still in the teens.

Happy Monday stitching, and I hope you are seeing signs of spring where you live!


  1. A wonderful finish for the ministry. I do like the stencil you used for the border. I think I have that design in a few sizes and I really like how it finishes a border.
    The other quilt top you have made is very striking. I love the rich color the borders add to the bold graphics of the design.

  2. You have gotten very creative in using some of your bits and pieces. The simple little 4 patch makes a cute little kiddos quilt. You'll feel great to get your first auction quilt done. It's very striking.

  3. A kid somewhere will love the little four-patch quilt! The second one is beautiful. I can see how the blocks were made, but I'm wondering what the block is named. It is an eye-catcher for sure in those colors! ---"Love"

  4. Nice quilting stencil to finish off the sweet and colorful quilt for your donation. Striking March OMG project - the border fabric works so well with the inner blocks...

  5. You can't ever go wrong with a simple four-patch.:) Great quilting design on the border!

  6. Very nice! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  7. As usual, your drive to complete quilts is quite enviable! Three finishes, and now you're moving on? Guess you are motivated by cold weather. :-) I really like the center design of that black, gray, and white quilt. That part looks nicely modern. Glad you could pop outdoors for a quick photo, and I'm happy the storm didn't transpire as expected. Warmer weather ahead... and then perhaps worries about flooding. Mother Nature is certainly having her way this winter.

  8. No spring here....but I know it's coming.
    The four patch is one of those timeless blocks. Great photos!

  9. The border quilting on the little four patch is perfect! Nice setting for those graphic blocks. Looks great!


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