Charity Sewing

Our guild does a lot of charity sewing for several local organizations. Whether we do it from home or in a central location, we are a very giving guild. 1 day a month we gather at a Community Health Network location to sew together. These ladies usually turn in 40-50 quilts each month!

Recently a kind fabric designer donated the yardage she had leftover from a past line. Some of the guild members met up to parcel out the fabrics into kits for us to take and make. The fabrics are mostly earth tones and nature motifs. While not something a lot of our quilters like to use to make quilts, I love neutrals and nature inspired prints. So I was eager to check out a kit!

My kit had a Carpenter Star pattern with it, so I decided it was time to make this pattern. I have made the Moda Love pattern, which is basically the same pattern, I have just not done it in the Carpenter Star layout. And with only 3 fabrics in the mix it makes a completely different look! And while I will allow that this pattern in this size is totally easy and quick, a four hour make? I’m not so sure about that. LOL! After 3 hours sewing at Community I only had the HSTs sewn, cut and pressed! OK, so maybe there was a lot of talking, and eating, and looking at other projects. LOL!

HSTs un-trimmed and Background squares

Since the fabrics kitted up I am trying to be frugal and get the most out of the yardage. There’s have enough of the sunflower print for the border, it just may not be as wide as the pattern calls for. The finished quilt should be 60″x72″, but mine will likely be 56″x68″. Someone said there’s more of the print in the storeroom, so I might check it out. I just can’t get a wide border and have enough of the print for the binding. Or I could use the dark green for binding. Right now it’s a looooong way from needed binding!

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Author: chrisknits

A knitter, sewist, quilter, mom, wife, and doodle lover!, but not necessarily in that order. Just ask my family, they'll tell you who comes first. Psst, it's the doodles!

15 thoughts on “Charity Sewing”

  1. Earth and muted tones are my favorites but hard to come by. 40-50 quilts a month? You are either a dedicated or large group of quilters. Thank you so much for linking up. I look forward to the Carpenters Star, I’ve never made one either.

    1. We have 150 members, but only 25 on average show up to the sew-ins. Other members bring their quilts to the guild meetings each month. They are a very dedicated bunch! > >

  2. Hi Chris! Oooh, that green fabric looks so rich and has a real depth to it. I’ve not technically made the Carpenter Star either but a similar sister or cousin for sure. And what’s the point of gathering together if you don’t share ideas, laughs, food and a little sewing?! It’s not work and no one’s paying you to be that focused – that’s what I’d say but I’m sure no one is complaining. Sounds like a good time!! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Somewhere in a notebook I can’t find I have the recipe for making the Carpenters Star very quickly using sets of “magic 8” HSTs. I did it once and it was very quick. But when I wanted to make it again I couldn’t find that notebook.

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