Charity

Just In Time (JIT) Group Charity Blocks – Improv Triangles

Our charity program year is broken up into trimester projects and as we’re currently into the second trimester of the year, it’s time to present our JIT My First Home group project.

We typically provide fabric and kits for members to take, sew up, and return to our Charity Coordinator Kristyn, but seeing as we’re all sewing at home for the time being, we’re asking for this group project that you use fabric from your stash for these blocks. If you are in need of fabric in this color palette, please email Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com to make arrangements.

A little about the JIT My First Home Project:

JIT is an organization that helps support those in San Diego County, ages 18 – 26, and is for anyone that has ever spent time in the foster care system. They provide various services to these individuals to help them break the cycle of foster care, become self-sufficient, and build a secure future.

We support the My First Home project, which helps to set up a first apartment and furnish that apartment for each individual. Our focus for this trimester is on throw and bed sized quilts. Quilts should be 50″ x 60″ or larger.

Our block for this trimester is an Improv Triangle block. You can create these blocks using various methods, but here’s a quick and easy way that makes two blocks at once.

First, here’s our color palette of blues, aqua/teal, greens, and yellows with light greys and low volume. Feel free to use any type of fabrics, solids or prints, as long as they fit in within this color range.

Blues, aqua/teals, greens, yellows
Light greys and low volume

Next, you’ll want to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size and layer them on top of one another. The two pieces can be any two colors from the color palette.

These pieces can be a square or rectangular, just make sure they’re the same size. They can be any size you’d like to make – want to make large 12″ blocks or small 4″ blocks, go for it! The triangle you cut from the fabric can also be any size – make it tall and narrow, or short and wide, or anything in between.

Once you have your two pieces layered, you’ll be making two angled cuts on your fabric. The first should be cut from top to bottom on one side, then slide that to the side so that you don’t cut into those pieces with your second cut. Make the second cut on the opposite side so that you have the other side of your triangle.

Swap your center triangle on each block so that you have the background in one fabric and the triangle of the second.

Sew up your block using a 1/4″ seam, press your seams to the side, and then trim any bits that over hang the edges. (For reference, these blocks are approximately 5.5″x6.5″)

We’ll be sewing these blocks through August, which is the end of our trimester. When you’ve completed your blocks, please email Kristyn at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com to make arrangements for either pick up or to mail them to her. Any other questions about this project or any of our other charity efforts can also be emailed to Kristyn.

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Quilt Donations for Wildfire Relief Efforts

In response to the wildfires occurring in California, several organizations are collecting quilts to be given to those effected by the wildfires. Eternity Quilt Events is collecting quilts to be donated to those impacted by the Camp Fire in Northern California. Sewing Arts Center in Santa Monica is also collecting quilts that will be donated to those impacted by the Camp Fire as well as those impacted in Southern California by the Woolsey Fire.

We will be collecting quilt donations at this Sunday’s (11/25) sew-in at Quilt in a Day, as well as at our holiday party on 12/2 that will be sent off to help with these relief efforts. Quilts can be dropped off with Kristyn at these two events and if you have any further questions, please email her at sdmqgcharity@gmail.com.

More information about the Eternity Quilts Effort can be found here.

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2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

In case you haven’t heard, this upcoming QuiltCon’s Charity Challenge theme is to use small piecing. While the whole quilt does not need to be made up of all small pieced blocks, it should be the main focus. For more information about the challenge, check out the QuiltCon website.

        

We have planned out the guild’s quilt for this challenge and are raising our own challenge to guild members as well. We are challenging every member to contribute to the overall quilt design by creating one block. You are certainly welcome to contribute as many as you’d like!

For this challenge we are using Kona colors in the following palette:

Blocks for the quilt must finish at 5” or smaller and may use up to two colors from the color palette above. The background will be made up of only the White and Bone colors, while the main parts of the quilt will use the other five colors. Blocks can be created using any method – EPP, traditional piecing, FPP, improv, ect.

Fabric for these blocks will be made available starting at the August meeting, but you may also feel free to use your own fabric if you have these colors available. All blocks will need to be returned to Kristyn no later than the October meeting, so that we have time to assemble the top and get it quilted before the deadline. If you would like to make a block (or to return a completed block), but are not able to make a meeting or sew-in, please email Kristyn and we will try to make arrangements.

More information to be discussed at the upcoming meetings!

Need some block inspiration? Check out these links:

Free Patterns:

Raspberry Kiss Block

Wombat Quilts Mini Quilt Blocks

Quilting Company’s Bitty Block Series

Dear Jane FPP Patterns

Paid Patterns:

Scrappy Triangles

Alison Glass/Giucy Giuce FPP Mini Series