This year, as before, I plan to do lots of sewing for charity. My newest favorite sewing charity is called Jack’s Basket. At a time when a family learns that their newborn has Down’s Syndrome, this organization brings them a loving basket filled with information, uplifting literature, books, a baby toy and a homemade blanket. I was privileged enough to provide a blanket last year (with help from Kat, who quilted and wrote about it briefly on her blog.) The photo of a precious newborn baby on the blanket gave me goosebumps and I was hooked! I knew then that I would need to make more of these special blankets. Here are 3 quilt tops to show you. All will be quilted first and then shipped to Jack’s Basket, to help new families who are coping with the overwhelming shock of a Down’s diagnosis.
Since I had been staring at my bins of overflowing fabric scraps, creating with crumb blocks seemed like a great place to start. Here’s the first blanket that I made with red and blue scraps. I tried to be different in the middle and ended up with this angular design that I kind of like. This is a free form quilt design and naturally, I had to throw in some novelty fabrics for fun. With so many little images, this can be a blanket for an eye-spy activity when the baby grows up a bit. As with all the quilts below, please forgive the numerous loose strings. It’s just a quilt top in progress until those things get plucked!
I have written before, in a post called Crumb Therapy, about making these types of blocks. Crumb blocks are when you take small pieces of scraps and randomly sew them together to create your own larger piece of fabric. I usually make mine from small bits, but that can be a bumpy mess to quilt. This time, I straightened out my crumb pieces a bit more to keep them somewhat manageable. With each quilt that I’m showing you, I increasingly succeeded in a smoother finish. As you’ll see, the final baby quilt in blue has more right angles to the crumbs and less seams to flatten in the process.
This second quilt, I’m calling “Bubblegum” for obvious reasons. I had fun sticking in some purples to go with the varied pinks, but it still rings closest to the colors of bubblegum. I chose to divide 3 large crumb slabs with 2 strips of a lively tulip fabric. I love how this came out. I think it’s an interesting and easy way to shape crumb blocks into a simple baby quilt. When I saw it completed, I just knew I had to try one in a different color.
Since most of my scraps are blue, it was natural for me to next make a blue/green crumb quilt for a boy. Here below is the #3 “Out of This World” crumb quilt. It has more novelty prints and right angles. This quilt came together quickly with the smaller size horizontal slabs and having some larger pieces of scrap fabric. I admit to dipping into some Anne Kelle’s Sports Kids yardage to fussy cut two extra little boy images. I had one in my scraps but really wanted a few more smiling boy faces to add to the mix. It’s as if they’re playing hide and seek in the crumb mix!
Naturally, after finishing 3 baby quilts, I went to my favorite charity sewing, making doll clothes for A Doll Like Me. Amy and her dolls have been all over the news lately. She was made a GoFundMe Hero this month, which has resulted in much-deserved publicity! Her dream, and gofundme goal, is to provide a doll for every child who wants one, regardless of family finances. While every child deserves a doll that looks just like them, for many it’s an impossible task. Amy takes each individual and fashions a doll to look just like them. Her dolls go to special kids born without limbs or digits, with albinism or unique marks on their body and much more. She pays extra careful attention to detail. The challenges of each doll are as different as the children that receive them. She doesn’t publicize all the details due to privacy, but trust me when I say that knowing the particulars would touch your heart and bring you to tears!!
Amy frequently mentions that the first thing a new doll owner does is to change the doll’s clothing. I do some volunteer sewing, mostly making “some” doll clothing. Here are two little dresses that I whipped up last night. Sometimes Amy requests a particular outfit like a dress with firetruck, a pair of pants with baseball imagery, or a sleeping bag for a special needs girl who loves camping out. There’s that attention to detail that I mentioned!! The world is a better place because of Amy and her dolls. If you are interested in learning more, check out the above links and maybe help sponsor a doll.
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