Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quilts for Le Bonheur

The Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild has made the Le Bonheur infant floor it's primary outreach.  Most people make baby quilts for the NICU babies, but they tend to forget about the ones not in NICU.  We donated quilts last year to this floor and it was just a wonderful experience.  We got to go up to the floor and take a tour.  We got to donate quilts directly to some of the families on the floor.  It touched us so much and decided right then that this was what we wanted to do as a guild each year.

This year, I utilized a quilt I started in my Color Value class at Quiltcon with Cheryl Arkison.  I learned a lot about the value of color and how to really develop a quilt by value and not by the color itself.  It is an amazing skill that I'm glad to have been introduced to.


I've found that yellows are the exception to the value rule.  I think I'll be spending some more time evaluating my yellow selections in the future.


The quilting was a fun Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) practice.  It has been my goal to get more comfortable with my FMQ this year.  I've found the smaller the quilt the easier, but I'm sure I'll be tackling more difficult FMQ projects in the future.

The back is just some fabric from Joann's that coordinated really well with the assortment of fabrics used on the front. This will be a wonderful little quilt for a special little someone in need and I'm so glad I get to participate.  For those of you in quilt guilds, what type of service projects to you participate in?

24 comments:

  1. I love your quilting. I am currently auditioning quilting designs for my next quilt top to be quilted. LOL
    Sandra

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  2. The quilt and quilting are great, and I hope the donation experience is just as rewarding this year.

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  3. Love your quilt. I squinted and looked at it and it was totally different but just as wonderful. Great job!

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  4. Great FMQ! I am no longer in a guild but I donate my longarm services to a local organization that makes and donates quilts to foster children, children who are receiving treatment for illness at the Children's Hospital and children from low income families. Working on quilt #102 today.

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  5. Very fun baby quilt. Gorgeous quilting!

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  6. Love, love, love! The quilt is beautiful and the fmq gives such great dimension.

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  7. I love the way you quilted that!

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  8. very impressed with your FMQ one day maybe I will master it. I have signed up for 6 mini 24" quilts as I thought it would be easier to practise on that size than something big.

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  9. The whole thing is simply stunning. I wish there was a modern guild in my area.

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  10. Hi, Janet - thanks for linking at TGIFF! Your figure-8s quilting looks so nice on this! I cannot, for the life of me, get that motif to work out nicely from my hands. Maybe one day . . . Love this quilt, and what a very nice community outreach for your guild to do!

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  11. Wow, simple but soooooo beautiful! And your quilting is perfect!

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  12. What a gorgeous quilt! I love the pattern made from your color choices!

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  13. Wow, simple HSTs but such a beautiful result! LOVE it.

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  14. Great value quilt! Your quilting is the perfect finishing touch.

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  15. I just made a baby quilt with HST's and have been wondering about how to quilt it. I love your design and may use something similar on my quilt. Yours is beautiful and what a lovely gift for someone in need!

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  16. What a pretty quilt! It's crazy how the values make the design. When I first saw the thumbnail, I didn't even notice it was HSTs. This is great, thanks for sharing. What a great cause to give to as well. I'm finding FMQ easier on little quilts too, but not too bad on big ones. I've been setting up another table behind my sewing one and then putting them beside the couch to hold the bulk. I find the bigger surface area makes it easier.

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  17. The color value class sounds interesting - I would love to take one if it was ever available to me. Your quilt is so sweet and you did a great job on the quilting! Our guild keeps quilts ready for families in the community who suffer losses due to weather, fire, etc. We also give to sick children and service men and women. Thanks for linking up to Main Crush Monday!

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  18. It's gorgeous! I'm sure it will be well loved.

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  19. Great quilting and lovely baby quilt!

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  20. Such great FMQ on a beautiful quilt!

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  21. Lovely quilt and made for a great cause ☺ What size is the quilt?

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  22. Very pretty. I love how the quilting looks on the back.

    I'm still learning a lot about colors and how to put them together in a quilt. I have found that taking photos of the cloth I'm thinking of using, then putting the photo into a black-and-white filter can help focus on the values instead of the color.

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  23. What a wonderful gift for a family! I love how the values make the design of this quilt. My guild donates quilts to kids being treated at a local hospital as well as their siblings. I spoke with the lady who heads the program and she says giving to the siblings is her favorite part, because they never expect that they get to choose a quilt too. I'm looking forward to my first time getting to deliver quilts in November.

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