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Covering the World - True Blue
Covering the World - True Blue
For a girl who prefers to avoid spotlights, I have a bad habit of saying, "...sure, I'll go first."
The problem with that is - what am I supposed to do? While there are guidelines - choose a charity, choose a pattern or quilt, etc., - there aren't any examples to follow. So bear with me, I'm winging this. (Another recurring bad habit.)
I love this Covering the World campaign, sharing quilts with others. There was a time when I kept the quilts I made because I used them for my pattern business. But when I changed directions, I had more quilts than I would ever need. So I started giving more of them away - to friends, to family, and to charities. A few were auctioned to raise money for a children's charity, and others raised money for folks needing help after Hurricane Sandy. I like to think that's why I had been keeping them, that was their intended purpose.
So when this lovely campaign came up, I was happy to participate.
My first task was to choose a quilt. While considering options, I saw this one on the quilt rack and knew "that's the one!" It's happy, cheerful, not too flowery, and almost big enough for a twin-sized bed. And who doesn't like blue and white?
I made this as a sample for Moda's Cake Mixes - Recipes 3 and 4. The fabrics are Linzee McCray's Feed Sacks: True Blue collection, and there's a Cake Mix pattern for it - True Blue Birds In The Air.
If you use AccuQuilt dies, you'll need the dies for 2" finished half-triangle squares, and 4" half-triangle squares. (Or half-square triangles - don't ask.)
Use those to make a total of 340 assorted 2" finished HTSs and 88 assorted 4" finished HTSs - or make up your own combination. Actually, you probably won't need that many, I had a few leftovers that I stitched into the quilt backing.
True Blue was quilted by Maggi Honeyman with Droplets, one of my favorite allover quilting designs.
As to the charity, this will be going to a quilt guild in Colorado that is collecting quilts for people who lost their homes in the fires after Christmas.
Whew. I think that's everything.
One more thing to share. I've always included plain squares in the pieced strips I incorporate into quilt backings, and they're used for quilt labels. I hand-write the title, maker - usually me, the quilter, and the date the quilt was made. I don't remember why I started including favorite quotes, but it's something I did for many, many years. This is the quote I wrote onto the back of this quilt.
This was meant to be.
The most precious gift you can give someone is the gift of your time, and your attention.
Be sure to join the Facebook Group - Covering The World - to see more donation stories, and ideas for where to donate. And if you share a donation on social media, please tag it with - #quilttheworld2022 - so we can see it.
A huge thank you to Baby Lock and AccuQuilt for joining Moda for this campaign.
And if you need more information about this campaign - Covering The World 2022.