Monday, August 3, 2015

Reunion Quilts

Every year in July, all the Corry's go up the mountain for the Annual Corry Family Reunion.  And each year, Barbara (that's my fabulous Mother In Law if you are new around here) brings up fabric squares that she has ironed on fun coloring designs.   And the siblings, and cousins, and second cousins, and so on, all get together and color, and color, and then color some more.  From Toddlers to Teenagers, everyone has a little color time while up the mountain.   Here are some of my little ones blocks from previous years.

So whenever these blocks start to stack up a bit, Barbara starts making quilts.  And in the last month she has made 5 of them!!!  Aren't they just so fun!!!  Everyone is special and individual.  Some use orphan blocks and some are sashed, and everyone is so cute and so fantastic!!  So let's check out the latest 5 :)

First up, this adorable Play Ball QUilt.   All of the color blocks are fun sport themed balls and Barbara found a bunch of fun novelty sports prints in her stash to offset the colored blocks.  So fun!!

Next are these adorable Wonky 9 Patch blocks offsetting all of the fun flower coloring blocks.   I love all the calming blues and greens in this quilt, so calming ;)

And this was a super fun quilt to figure out how to layout.  All of the bears had been ironed on point so they had to be sewn in on point not to make them sitting on their heads :)  I love how Barbara figured it out.   So fun!!!

And this one is just fun, fun, fun!!!  All of these were leftovers from several strip quilts and Barbara put them together with some simple sashing so the blocks didn't get lost.   Yup, this is some super wild fun!!

And finally, some adorable Granny Squares offsetting colored blocks ;)   Barbara made a granny square for a bee block in January and loved it so much she just kept making more.  Don't they look so fun in the quilt!!!  And I love the subtle rainbow layout, adorable!!

Barbara donates these to local charities and I know they are going to be so well loved!!!  I just think it is so amazing that she finds a way to involve so many of her posterity in these quilts!!!  What a treasure and what a wonderful way to teach her grandchildren the joy of doing things for others.  I am already looking forward to seeing next years batch of coloring blocks ;)   

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, sometimes the adults even get in on the coloring fun ;)

I hope you have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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  1. These are amazing quilts! What a creative idea... Barbara is brilliant!

  2. What a brilliant idea! Every quilt is unique and contains so much character and love for quilts to give to others. Thank you for sharing and inspiring ideas and charity quilting projects. Have a wonderful creative day!

  3. I would love to know more about how to get coloring designs to iron on and what kind of crayons or markers are used to color them.

  4. What a wonderful idea! And, how great are those quilts!

  5. That is just a fantastic idea! I have wanted to try this with my nieces and nephew. There are not enough of to make that many blocks, but it would be fun to make one quilt. Thanks for sharing!
    Janice S. Here is a link that has crayon tinting instructions that are pretty easy:

  6. Wow! What a wonderful idea! They are soooo cute :) i love that she donates them too.

  7. What a cool idea! It's great that she donates them.

  8. Those are great quilts. :-) I love how she made different layouts for each one. I would have had a hard time figuring out just how to set so many different blocks! Tell her hi for me. :-) Hugs, H

  9. what a great idea and can see some lovely quilts have come from the colouring in sessions, treasures to be sure

  10. WOW! that is so awesome. I just love reading your posts, always so happy and fun :))

  11. Do the kids color with a certain type of crayon? June is my month.

  12. Thank you for your kind comments.
    I found several books of iron on transfers in thrift stores. This year I found our latest designs. I hope I can find some books cheap online. We use Sharpie permanent markers, both the fine point and the ultra fine. I've tried crayons, other permanent markers, fabric pens, but the sharpie seems to keep the color through washings better than any of the others. I especially try to get the painters to sign and date their masterpieces. I love seeing who colored the square even more than what a great job they did. And it's fun to see blocks as they've grown up.

  13. All of these quilts are so beautiful and so inspiring. I think it is precious that all of these quilts go to charity. I'm sure that keeps family fights to a minimum since no one is fighting to keep them.


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