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Creating for a Cause

Inspired by the Island Batik February challenge, I began creating for a cIsland Batik Starry Night fabricause with the Starry Night fabric line.

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My first thought was to honor a veteran through Quilts of Valor, but with this lovely blue monochromatic color scheme, I decided to find another charity, and settled on AZ Blankets 4 Kids. Hopepfully, this quilt can bring comfort to a child in difficult circumstances.

Disclaimer: I was provided fabric and notions to make this quilt. Please read my full Disclosure policy here.

Creating for a Cause

I started by pairing light and dark fabrics for star blocks.

light and dark fabrics from the Starry Night line by Island Batik

I made some friendship stars with the turquoise prints, and lazy LeMoyne stars with the rest of the blues.

batik friendship star block

starry night lemoyne

My AccuQuilt GO! was helpful in cutting the squares and half-square triangles that I needed for these blocks. I used these dies:

2-1/2″ strips #55025

2″ (finished) HST #55712

3-1/2″ strips #55032

3″ (finished) HST #55009

I used more of the Starry Night collection on the back. I always use a Schmetz needle for piecing, and I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting when I loaded the quilt on my longarm for free motion quilting.

Here is the finished quilt, a lap version (48″x60″) of my pattern Big-n-Bright.  Purchase a copy of the pattern while it is on sale during February 2021. Shop now!

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More quilts!

On Friday, Feb 19th Island Batik gave away two sets of 2-1/2″ strips, one from Painted Blossoms and one from Starry Night. See the results on their blog post here.Island Batik strip sets

Then, see all the quilts in this video and visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors:

February 15:

February 16:

February 17:

February 18:

February 19:

End of Blog Hop and Round-Up

Fabric Giveaway!

I want to help you make more quilts for charity! So, I am sharing 2 yards of the Starry Night collection – 4 half yard cuts.  This raffle is open to residents of the US only. Just comment on this post and tell me about a charity project you have been involved in. 4 fabrics from Island Batik Starry Night collection Thanks for making the world a brighter place!  Giveaway has ended…Angie was our winner. Congratulations!

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  1. Beautiful quilt! I love the Stars–one of my favorite blocks.
    We have a group of ladies in my neighborhood that sews for babies. I love to make baby items for them. They give to families that need help providing for their newborns. Thank you for your giveaway.

  2. Our guild makes red, white and blue quilts for veterans that are in our local hospice house. We also make quilts that go to kids being taken from their home to take with them to their foster care home.

  3. I’m not involved in any particular charity organization. I am more into the needs of families and individuals in the local communities who need a helping hand.

  4. Wow your quilt is gorgeous. I love how your stars pop. These fabrics are lovely and between the fabrics and your pattern the stars just shine big time. Other than church my main charity is Cat House on the Kings. They rescue and bring back to health kittens and cats so they can be adopted into good homes. They do wonderful things all year long and tirelessly love these cats.

  5. I recently sent some baby/toddler quilts to a friend’s niece who is a foster mom. She wanted to give each kid their own quilt to take with them. I have made a few other quilts for donating – perhaps to local homeless shelter or respite house. (I want to finish 2 more which are in progress, then contact the charities to see if they would like the quilts.)
    Beautiful blue fabrics – highlighted well by your quilt!

  6. This is beautiful! I love the combination of the two different stars–perfect for a fabric line called Starry Night! Is the background fabric from this line?

  7. Andi, I love your quilt. It shows off the blues in your fabric bundle beautifully.
    Mercyful Quilts is one of the charities of my choice. These are the quilts they use at Mercy Hospital to comfort dying patients. They ask the family of the patient if they would like to wrap their loved one in a quilt to bring comfort and security as the person goes through the dying process. After the person passes away, the family keeps the quilt along with memories of comforting their loved one until the end.

  8. I have made Foster Care Quilt’s, Quilts of Valor, lap quilts for a retirement home. I have also donated cage pillows to my vet for them to use for overnight guests.

  9. Your quilt is soooo beautiful! The fabric and the pattern are a perfect match! And thanks for quilting for a cause! Benefit dinners with silent auctions are a common way to help people with medical bills or other needs in our town. I’ve made quilts for those. And I use the scraps to make clothesline baskets which sell pretty well in silent auctions too. I’ve also made a couple raffle quilts for my church women’s group.

    1. I love the idea of raffle quilts. Everyone is a winner…you get the joy of making, someone gets the wonderful quilt to cuddle with and the organization gets the needed funds. YAY!

  10. love your quilt. I make charity quilts for Options. It is a pregnancy center that helps young mothers with babies. The young moms get all sorts of help from things for the babies, help finding resources, getting a support network set up, etc. The baby quilts are included in welcome baskets for the new babies.

  11. I make around 50 quilts a year for donations. Some go to Women’s Abuse Shelter and some go for survivors of Natural Disasters. Then I coordinate our pillowcase drive for Children’s Hospital. We make 200-500 each year. It truly is an honor for me.

  12. I don’t think mine counts as a charity, but I’ve been the advisor for our city’s Youth City Council for 13 years (it is a volunteer position). Our group (all high school students) does service all over our city, from making blankets for our local children’s hospital to planting trees in parks. Anything to make our community better.

    I love the blues! Definitely my favorite color.

  13. LOve your qult and y/our colors. I have made just some fleece throws fro Project Linus. I am justi learning quilting so hopefully I can donate quilts in the future.

  14. I make quilts for my local quilt guild on a regular basis. I enjoy doing it as a break from other things I am doing and lets me experiment with colors and patterns I might not have tried otherwise. And it’s a great place to work on my free motion quilting skills!

  15. Your quilt is beautiful and will give a child a warm quilty hug.
    I do a lot of charity quilting. Victoria’s Quilts is a favourite of mine with their support of cancer patients. I also donate orphan blocks to a friend for LWO work and support my local organizations with quilted goodies for the Christmas hampers and quilts for auctions for fundraisers for neighbours with difficult circumstances.

  16. Our Guild supports at least 2 charities every year. We’ve down dresses and britches for Africa, Project Linus, Nurses for Newborns, walker bags, weighted blankets for the school district to name a few. Our current project is XL twin quilts for our areas Tiny Homes for Veterans Project. It’s so rewarding to help these wonderful organizations.

  17. The Starry Night collection is perfect for your Big n Bright quilt pattern! What a beautiful piece and knowing that it will be cherished for years to come makes it even more special. I’ve been involved with LWR (Lutheran World Relief) who makes quilts to send to impoverished countries and communities around the world. So many quilts, all made with love!

  18. I have not made a quilt for charity before, but really have been inspired by all of the different ways that quilts can be used for various organizations. I am thankful for all of the ways the ambassadors have promoted various charities through this blog hop!

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