Friday, April 5, 2019

Two Quilts for Sew Much Hope!!!

I am so excited to share my two finishes from this last week!!! And these finishes are extra special because they were made to do good ;)    At the beginning of April I will be teaching at UQSM, an amazing retreat held in Salt Lake.  And there is still some room in my classes and I would love to see you there!!!  The cool thing is,  UQSM holds a Charity Quilt Auction where all the proceeds go to Sew Much Hope to help teach sewing skills in third world nations.  How awesome is that!!!   And I figured, if we talking about teaching the basics of sewing, why not make my Back to Basics Pattern!!!  And here it is ;)

I just love this design!!!  It creates some amazing secondary designs, that at first glance looks random, but with closer inspection, you see the pattern just jump out ;)    And I love the way this design incorporates the basic piecing elements of Squares, Half Square Triangles, and Flying Geese, but when put together in this awesome layout, it is anything but basic!!!  I really felt like that symbolized what this Sew Much Hope Charity is all about, teach the basics and the outcomes will be far reaching :)

For this project, everyone that is making quilts was given  8 prints from  Jen Kingwell's Looking Foward fabric line. I love the bright happy colors of this line and I figured, since I had so much fun doing a black background on my bright happy prints in my Pave the Way quilt back here, why not do another black background on these happy, bright prints.   And I just love how it makes everything about this quilt just pop!!!   So much fun ;)

When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over combination of swirls, echoed paisleys, and curls.   I know, it is kind of hard to see in this picture because the black blends so perfectly into the black background, but trust me, it makes some awesome texture ;)

And that is my Back to Basics Sew Much Hop quilt ;)   It is twin sized so I am hoping it finds a good home where it will bring a little pop of happy into someone room.    And side note, I just love this purple Cotton + Steel print on the back.  You all know how I love purple!!!     I am just so excited to go up to UQSM and see all of the quilts made for such an amazing cause ;)

And I was so excited about doing good with this fabric, I just had to use up every last piece.   So I cut up every last piece of scrap from the fabric that was sent into 3 1/2" squares and cut some grey solid squares as well.  And you just can't go wrong with some simple patchwork!!

This was so much fun to piece, and of course, went together so super fast ;)   I really love doing these simple patchwork quilts and these happy prints just shine next to that grey.  So fun!!!

When it came time to quilt, I decided on one of my favorite ways to quilt squares, the wavy orange peel.   It is just like making double arches, but instead of them being perfectly round, you make more of a wave shape.   And doesn't it just create the coolest effect when it is side by side in the patchwork.   I just love it!!!  

And for this one, I decided a pop of pink on the back, and a super fun purple binding, cause ya know, I love purple ;)    I think it just is that splash of fun to finish up this quilt ;)   And it is 48" x 54" so it will make a great little lap quilt.   And ya know I am totally wanting to make more simple patchwork quilts now!!!

So those are my two newest finishes that will be auctioned off for the Sew Much Hope Charity at the UQSM Retreat next month and I am just can't wait! for the whole weekend!!!  It is going to be so much fun and I just love being able to do good with this love of quilting ;)  Makes me smile from ear to ear!!!

Thanks for popping in today and sharing these finishes with me. 
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!! 

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  1. Melissa, the quilts came out wonderfully! And I love the patchwork leftover quilt! Would you please do a little tut on wavy orange peel? Thank you!
    -Jean ❤

  2. Both of these quilts are exceptional Well done, Melissa

  3. Very pretty quilts. Your just squares quilt just goes to show we don't have to always make elaborate quilts to make them special.

  4. Beautiful quilts - and gifts of love, Melissa!

  5. Both of your quilts are beautiful. At first I didn't see any secondary designs on the first quilt but then as I kept looking they just popped out at me and I love that in a quilt.


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