Summer Circles // Finished Modern Quilt

Circles-Quilt-Charity Quilt-2

I’m so happy to share my quilt today as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids blog hop hosted by Heather @ Quilts In the Queue and the DC Modern Quilt Guild.

100 Quilts for Kids

If you have read this blog for a while, you may know that I started an annual charity quilt drive a few years ago called 100 Quilts for Kids. The idea is simple–make a quilt and donate it to a child/teen in your own community. I’m so happy that this year, Heather has taken over 100 Quilts for Kids and done a beautiful job!  A bit more about 100 Quilts and my donation quilt below:

Past 100 Quilts Info at Swim Bike Quilt

100 Quilts 2014 Links
100 Quilts for Kids Linkup (open until September 30, 2014–just scroll down)
100 Quilts for Kids Sponsor Information
100 Quilts for Kids Donation Ideas
100 Quilts for Kids Waves Quilt Along
Instagram Hashtag: #100quilts4kids
Flickr Group

My Circles Quilt

Circle Charity Quilt-3

When we packed up our house in June, I grabbed this project (drunkards path blocks cut with a die cut machine) to take with me. I knew everything would be in storage for a while and I would HAVE to bite the bullet and sew up these curves, something that had scared me a bit before this project.

Charity quilts are perfect for this type of thing–finishing works in progress, trying something new, etc.  When I heard the Portland Modern Quilt Guild was collecting small quilts (36” square at the time, although I think the size has changed) for a local NICU, I decided to join in. I worked on this quilt in 10 minute intervals, fits and starts, mostly because I’ve been feeling poorly.

Curves aren’t scary, and I didn’t pin the blocks.  They aren’t perfect, but it was fun.  When I think “quilts with curves,” I think of three people–Jen Carlton-Bailly,  Latifah Saafir, and  Angela Pingel.  All have great information and videos about sewing curves on their blogs, Instagram accounts, etc. Angela also has a great new book out all about curved piecing called A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing

There is currently even A Quilters Mixology Sew Along at Sew Sweetness, but I digress.

quilting straight lines swimbikequilt

I had a hard time photographing this quilt–the colors aren’t quite as soft as they seem in the photos.  I chose to quilt it with simple straight lines  (because it was easy), used a pretty pretty plum backing from Aneela Hoey’s Hello Petal line, and a great Cotton and Steel basics for the binding, Voila! Finished.

Circles-Quilt Charity Quilt-3

  I hope you think about making/donating a quilt!!

If you need a little inspiration, check out some of these finished charity quilts for 2014:
Improv Wonky Cross Quilt by Teaginny Designs
Half Square Triangle Quilt by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Busy Hands Quilt by Christa Quilts
Disappearing Hourglass Quilt by Kinda Quilty

Others stops on the DC Modern Quilt Guild Blog Hop

8/6 – Lynne
8/13 – Meli
8/20 – Alyson
8/27 – Carla
9/3 – Susan
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  1. Mary
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    I love the quilting. I have no idea how you thought of this but it’s great!

  2. kaholly
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Sweet quilt for a very worthy cause. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted September 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      thanks so much.

  3. ylmommyx4
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I love the colors and all the negative space on this quilt.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted September 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      thanks! It didn’t photograph well, but i’m glad i finally conquered my fear of curves. Your clamshell quilt inspires me to make something awesome.

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