Scrap busting for Charity

Like many quilters, I love using up fabric scraps to create things. It’s a bonus if I can help with charitable projects. Cynthia of quiltingismorefunthanhousework has begun a new charity called Compassion Quilts. Several times a year she will give instructions, colors and other directions for quilt blocks. When we mail our finished blocks, she will sew them all together into beautiful quilts for local hospital patients. This month there’s a Churn Dash Block Drive. Lucky for me, I was given an early heads-up and started sewing some a few weeks ago. I have several but wanted to show you a few, in case you want to help along.

The block drive is for unfinished 12.5″ churn dashes, 6.5″ churn dashes and 6.5″ four patches. These final quilts are destined for veterans so red, white and blue is the color request. The churn dashes should have whitish backgrounds but you can read all the details in the link above. I can’t wait to see how Cynthia creates different layouts using these various blocks.

Most quilters just LOVE the churn dash pattern. Can I be honest here? I have never really understood the churn dash craze. I just didn’t get it. This is my first time sewing this pattern and there is now a stack of them growing on my table. I may be hooked on this pattern!! It really is a little charmer in both big and small sizes. It feels great to help with a good cause plus selfishly, I am able to sew and learn new things through these block requests. It’s definitely a win-win!

The second thing I want to share is my finishes for Safelight. I was thrilled to be using up lots of fun scraps for an annual charity drive. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I have been sewing cosmetic bag sets for a domestic abuse shelter. Carole of helps her local shelter by pulling together tote bags filled with sundries and other items. She calls her project Safelight 2023. As I mentioned in my last post, shelters are experiencing record numbers of needy people coming for help. Carole’s filled tote bags will be a nice boost for people in dire straights. Here are my completed 10 sets to be sent to Carole as soon as possible. I may add a little ribbon for a zipper pull, but otherwise they are all done.

Below are the final sets to round out the total of ten for Safelight 2023.

These are the last 4 patterned items and I’m sending 10 complete bag sets to Cynthia. It feels good to have these done and on their way to start off the month.

Thank you for reading all the way through. I hope to be sharing more items in the next few posts. This is me coming off a spell of time away from my blog…but I'”‘m back now!

Linking to: Design Wall Mondays, Oh ScrapPatchwork & Quilts, Midweek MakersConfessions of a Fabric AddictPeacock PartyFinished or not FridayBrag About Your GoodiesThank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday.

11 responses to “Scrap busting for Charity

    • Thanks so much. I had a head start for the churn dashes…I’m not that speedy. However, like I said, I’m becoming a big fan of those big and little blocks. The recent ones I made have fussy cuts for the centers…oh the fun!


    • I’ve been in a crazy work mode this weekend so far. I’m having fun putting some fussy cuts in the churn dash middles. I might just never stop!! Do you have a deadline for these addictive churn dashes?


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        div dir=”ltr”>I hope to have all the blocks by the end of April. But if you have a large quantity, mid Apr


      • Perfect!!! Passover is coming up but I’ve got time to keep going still. THanks.


    • Glad to hear I’m in good company. I am making some right now and finding lots of fun in the process. I have done hashtag quilt blocks and they kind of remind me of those. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Love all the bags! So colorful! I made a king size churn quilt and I probably don’t make another one. Wasn’t my favorite pattern.


    • I hear you. A whole king size quilt might turn me off from any pattern!! I have been enjoying the churns though on a smaller scale. I still think my favorite pattern will always remain the log cabin with its many varieties. Thanks for stopping by.


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