Monday, February 15, 2021

Create for a Cause Blog Hop Week 3

 

Colors of Camp
Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
50" x  60"

Today is the day for me to post my project for the Create for a Cause Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  For my creation I used the Painted Blossoms Fabric Collection from Island Batik designed by Kathy Engle for Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.


Aren't these lovely fabrics?  I was able to use the whole collection in the quilt.

It is always a challenge to design something with so many fabrics.  In many ways it's like designing a scrap quilt.  For this quilt I first saw a photo of a quilt on Pinterest that was a scrappy quilt- but all in red and white fabrics.  Very pretty!  But that pattern used selections of light and dark reds- half the block in dark red and half in light red.  I wouldn't be able to do that with this collection.

So I took the design and made each of the blocks one color and the center blocks all one color and the pinwheels one color.  That was nice and scrappy and I could use all the fabrics.  

Then I thought, why don't I cut the center block on the diagonal and use two colors for the center?  I could use more colors this way.  Wow, I love what that did!  Now I had a nice secondary design of squares on the diagonal.  It is always fun to take a block and play around with it and see what you come up with.  It may surprise and delight you!

The second part of our challenge was to decide on a non-profit that we would like to give our quilt to.  I chose Camp Alexander Mack in Milford Indiana.  

This is our church camp that has a wonderful facility and provides many  programs for children thru adults during the year.  Unfortunately with COVID, almost all programing was shut down this year.  Every year there is a festival and auction in October to support the Camp and I usually donate a quilt or two.  This past year they weren't able to have the Festival, but did have an online auction.  I am donating this quilt and hope we can have the Festival in person this Oct.

On the back of the quilt I spelled out CAMP MACK in bold letters.



Here's a funny story that wasn't so funny at the time.  I prewashed the fabrics for this quilt as I know it will be washed often in it's life.  I washed the fabrics, dried and ironed them and got busy cutting and sewing the blocks.  What a surprise I had the next time I went to do laundry and found one of the fabrics flattened against the wall of the washer!  All  my blocks were already sewn!  Well, I hadn't done the lettering on the back yet, so I decided to add the pretty teal fabric to both sides of the words. I think it looks great and can now say I did use all the fabrics in the quilt!

I used Island Batik Painted Blossoms CollectionHobbs Premium Cotton Batting and Schmetz Microtex Chrome Professional Grade Needles and Aurifil Thread in making the quilt.




Disclaimer:  all the fabrics, thread, batting and needles for this project were supplied to me thru the Island Batik Ambassador program

Island Batik is having another great drawing. This time there are two drawings- for 2 1/2" strip packs of either Painted Blossoms or Starry Night. Be sure and go to their website and enter.

I am having a drawing of a selection of 44 half square triangles (4 1/5" F) and 4 light colored blocks 9" x 10" of the Painted Blossom Collection.  Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing.  Drawing is for USA only due to shipping.  Winner will be drawn thru Random.org at the end of the Blog Hop.  Please make sure that I can contact you if you are a winner.







31 comments:

  1. Pretty Quilt would love the triangles. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  2. oh but your quilt is stunning. those fabulous fabrics really help make it shine. thanks for sharing and inspiring. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  3. Connie, your quilt is beautiful. I love the Fabrics in this collection and the way the pinwheels were formed from the design. So awesome.
    Thank you for your giveaway.

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  4. So pretty and the back is equally beautiful!

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  5. This is beautiful, Connie! My eyes just want to move all over it! And I absolutely love that you added the name of the camp on the back!

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  6. What an AWESOME quilt..and Special backing too,... Love it!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :)

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  7. I love Kate Collerans collections and I love what you have done with this fabric. And for such a wonderful cause. I sure this quilt will be lived. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win some of this beautiful fabric.

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  8. So pretty, Connie. I love the way you played with the block and fabric to create this fun design. Great quilt, great cause.

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  9. Great quilt. I do like the 2 colors in the center, and love the pinwheels that are also formed.
    Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  10. The fabric is beautiful but your design puts it over the top. Love the colorations of the design. Will you be sharing a pattern someday? Thanks so much for sharing. Dain gdavidhoffman@yahoo.com

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  11. Such beautiful fabric and the quilt is so pretty. @quiltsprn on IG

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  12. These fabrics are so pretty, and your quilt came out great! I like the pinwheels in the light color emphasizing the diagonal!

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  13. Love your quilt! And it is such a great color combination. Great collection!

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  14. So, not a lost sock, but a lost half yard? I think that's really funny, and something that would happen to me. Great quilt and cause.

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  15. Love your quilt. The fabrics are so pretty.

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  16. What a way to go to find that piece of fabric in the dryer and just in time, too! It fit in perfectly on the back! Your quilt seems to shimmer with this collection and it will be cherished at Camp Mack for years to come.
    duchick at gmail dot com

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  17. what a pretty quilt. It is sad that the camps shut down. I think camping, especially church camping is good for the children.

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  18. Beautiful quilt. I like the way the colors match so well together, like campers meeting for the first time and becoming life long friends. cindy.keence@sbcglobal.net

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  19. Your quilt is beautiful. Love the way you took the block, and altered it to make the design yours. Great cause for you to donate to.

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  20. Your quilt is wonderful. Love the "Camp Mack" on the back!!!

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  21. I love pinwheel blocks. This batik collection made a beautiful quilt.

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  22. These are such pretty "sherbet-y" colors! Your quilt makes the most of them, too.

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  23. Batiks are my fav. I'm addicted.....

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  24. Such a beautiful quilt with these fabrics!

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  25. You made a darling quilt, Connie. I love how you made it double-sided :-)

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  26. I love what you did with this pattern! It keeps the eyes moving, and it's just gorgeous! I'm sure it will be a hit at the auction. Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for the beautiful giveaway!

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  27. I love this quilt and I do love that the challenge is for giving to a charity of your choice. But, the thing I love most is the missing piece that became found an integral part of the design...serendipity!

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  28. Thanks for sharing the creative process for making your charity quilt! I like to see how people take an idea and make it into a quilt.

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  29. These are pretty softer colors in batiks--very nice quilt!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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