Saturday, July 6, 2013

Trash to Treasure: Another Baby Quilt for PNG

(If you'd like to make a quilt for PNG, visit Melody's blog post here, and it will point you in the right direction.) 

After making the baby quilt out of the Gautamalan fabric and one of A's crib sheets that I had, I remembered some blocks that had come into my possession while we were on vacation.  There were nine total, and they were sewn into rows of three already.  I went digging for them, and sewed the three rows together, as is, and put a border on.  As luck would have it, I had another scrap of batting that was the perfect size, and just enough white minky left from backing my MIL's bird quilt.

Where did these blocks come from? They were in a box of scraps and books that my parents' neighbor was getting rid of.  His wife had passed away some time ago and was an avid quilter.  He had all of her stuff bagged and boxed up in his garage and had invited us over to look at it since he'd decided it was time to get rid of it.  We came away with a big bin of scraps, and a box of some older quilting books, and a couple of big cutting mats and a few rulers.  It didn't even make a dent in what was still in his garage.  

These three rows  and some matching scraps were in there.. they were all wonky and stretched and crooked, and looked to be one of her earliest, "learning to quilt" projects.  What an ambitious block to start on.  I hated to get rid of them, but didn't really know what to do with them.. so I was excited to dig them out, and whip them up into another little baby quilt that will wing its way to PNG.  (There was enough of a matching scrap in there to put a small matching border on.) I'm sure a baby who needs to be kept warm won't care that the blocks don't line up, or that there are a few tucks in the quilt.  

And in all its crooked glory, it's even kind of cute. I think Jan would be happy to know that her orphan project is going to keep a baby warm and possibly save its life.  As they want the quilts sent to be labeled, I think I will put Jan's name on the label, too.

I love how minky is so soft, and the white makes the blues look so much brighter.

I sewed this one up envelope style, also, I love not having to worry about the binding. So much quicker, and makes for a very sturdy edge.  Turning it is my favorite part. :)

Some of the seams in the blocks needed reinforcing or repairing, I don't know how long ago they were made, but now it's a little baby quilt. Another upcycle. :D

I love a good upcycle.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

linking up: Anything Blue Friday


What a great upcycle! I think it turned out really cute :)

Anonymous said...

oh Keli i love this story ,what a wonderful thing for you to do.xx

Carla said...

So cool to be part of something like that. I read about the people being displaced. So sad. Glad to help when I get a chance ; )

sunny said...

What a great little project your orphan blocks turned into. And what a wonderful cause.

Love the story and love the quilt! Never tried to make a quilt envelope style, sounds my kind of 'binding' though - as in not to worry about it!

Ellen said...

Wonderful story and a wonderful little quilt for a baby in need.

I am certain that somehow all of the good feelings we have while making a quilt end up sewn into it.

Unknown said...

i am glad that you used those blocks for the baby quilt. Even with the imperfections, the quilt has a lot of charm. And I am sure it will be used and loved. Nancy:

Lisa Lisa said...

I absolutely love it! I didn't know Jan, but I bet she would love knowing that this quilt is going to warm a baby.....because that's just how quilters roll, right? Nice work, Kelli Q!

Raewyn said...

Awesome!! Good on you - how exciting to upcycle for such a good cause...that quilt is so sweet, and dare I say it, unique :-)

It was obviously meant to be :o)

Gina E. said...

Hi Kelli,
I just realised I hadn't visited your blog for a while, so here I am, only to find this beautiful story of the quilt you've made for my PNG baby quilts drive. This is a very special story indeed, and I'm glad you are putting Jan's name on the quilt. I'll be telling Yaso your story.
Thank you again for your kindness -keep an eye on my blog to see your quilts when I receive them!

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