For Pinks Sake 1024x1020 For Pinks Sakes: A Wonky Log Cabin Block

My friend Anna from Life Sew Crafty has hosted a blog hop over the last few months called For Pinks Sakesto honor friends and family members who have had breast cancer and to help her mother-in-law, Tina, especially.  Anna has asked fellow quilters and bloggers to make a pink block, any pattern, any size (bigger than 4”) that she is using to put together a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where her mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments.

According to the National Breast Cancer Center, 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. I have watched brave friends battle the disease successfully, including one recently while pregnant. Talk about inspiring. I have actually made a quilt for a good friend during her chemotherapy days, but it is red and black instead of pink, which is more her style. Something about making quilts to show love when you feel like there is little else you can do.

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Anna is hosting a giveaway on August 2nd for people who helped out (contributions, pink blocks, reposting about the blog hop, etc.) so you still have a few weeks to make a block or make a contribution towards her mother-in-law’s medical bills.  Thankfully, Tina is two years cancer free, but the medical bills from chemo, radiation, surgeries, etc. have put a damper on her spirits. I’m sure the love Anna has shown buy organizing this will help.

My block is very simple–it is a wonky log cabin (with an off-centered center). I used some of the new Cotton + Steel prints that I bought from Modern Domestic, which serendipitously is only 10 minutes from our temporary housing, with some fun scraps from a circle quilt I’m working on.  Jacquie has a tutorial for a wonky log cabin block if you are interested. Its an oldie but a goodie.

I hope you consider making a block/contributing to the cause. Happy sewing!

For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop Schedule

May 10
May 24
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 19
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Hexies 1024x682 Works In Progress: Hand Sewing Hexagons

Before our move, I went through all of my projects, project bundles, and fabric, trying to decide what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to donate, and what I wanted to destash. Thanks to everyone who bought fabric from me on Instagram (@swimbikequilt or @swimbikequiltdestash). I spent 2 full days listing, billing, packing, printing, and shipping packages. Phew!

Since I found out a few weeks ago that we are having a baby girl, I pulled this project back out. I’m not sure if it will become a pillow, or a wall hanging or a quilt for this baby. I’m thinking something a little smaller. I love this fabric (Posy by Aneela Hoey) and hope my little one loves to read, too.

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RJR Solids Quilt 1024x854 RJR Solids Blog Hop + Fabric Giveaway

Hurray! A finished quilt! This quilt is called Charleston Square, and made with super-sized blocks from my Charleston Square Tutorial I posted last summer.  I have a fun pattern in the works for this quilt, until I hit a road block in terms of poor health and moving to Oregon. The good news is, we made it to Oregon. The funny news is, I remembered I needed to photograph this quilt 15 minutes AFTER the movers showed up last Saturday, so I took it outside for the most impromptu iphone photoshoot ever. Hopefully I can share better photos when we get our stuff in a few months.

RJR Cotton Supreme Solids 1024x849 RJR Solids Blog Hop + Fabric Giveaway

Today I am sharing a quilt I made with these beautiful RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids as part of their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop.   I love working with solids, and I’m a fan of these.  They have a nice hand (they aren’t flimsy) but still manage to be pretty soft, and even have a slight sheen to them.

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As a bonus, there are lots of really beautiful, saturated colors to choose from with a nice selection of neutrals.  RJR Fabrics has a special section on FB dedicated to the blog hop that showcases the various projects.

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I finished everything but machine sewing the binding to the front of the quilt back in March, and then got really sick for a few months. Thank you, RJR, for pushing off my date until today. The good news is, you can peruse all of the other projects now since this is the last stop.

RJR Solids Quilt Back 1024x815 RJR Solids Blog Hop + Fabric Giveaway

I quilted lines about 1/3 of an inch apart over the blocks, and quilted a square-ish meander in the negative space. I backed the quilt in the Turks and Caicos solid, and its going to be soft and nice once it is washed and dried.

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RJR is giving away a FQ bundle of the fabric I used. Please leave me a comment ( US and Canada only) and let me know what size quilt you like making best.  I will draw a winner after the holiday weekend (Tuesday the 8th).

Pink Castle Fabrics carries all 120 of the RJR solids, I believe.  Brenda also has a Color Inspirations Club where she sells fq and half yard bundles solids each month, so check it out if you are interested.

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The solids I used are below (love the names!)

33 Optical White
181 Rhododendron
209 Cantaloupe
292 Turks & Caicos (this is the backing and binding)
310 Burlap
311 Rio
321 Greyhound
333 Bouganvillea
339 Tropicana
348 Neon
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100quiltsbutton11 100 Quilts for Kids in 2014 + Quilts in the Queue

Last week I mentioned a few of the exciting changes in my life. I’m so happy to announce that my friend Heather Tompkins from Quilts in the Queue will be taking over 100 Quilts for Kids this year, along with friends from the DC Modern Quilt Guild. I still plan to participate, of course, and donate a prize or two.

simplygolden header with title 100 Quilts for Kids in 2014 + Quilts in the QueueI’m so grateful to Heather and can’t wait to see what changes she has in store. When she announces dates and information, I’ll make sure to let you know. I think it will be this August & September, so you have plenty of time to start planning!


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