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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Flannel Scrap Charity Quilts the AccuQuiltGo way

I have been having fun making flannel charity quilts for children.  I currently have 15 quilts sandwiched and ready for machine quilting (all similar to the quilt shown above).  While I love to make charity quilts, these "flannel" quilts ended up on the top of my UFO list due to several reasons.

It began when I used the AccuQuilt Go to make a flannel rag quilt.  I had never used flannel fabric previously.  With the use of the AccuQuiltGo I found making rag quilts to be very easy.  While I would have typically tossed my scraps, from the rag quilts, the AccuQuiltGo really helps me save money as I will now gladly cut scraps into usable pieces,  that I would have previously tossed. 

I decided to cut my left over flannel pieces into strips to make scrap quilts for charity  Then I won a couple of giveaway contests that offered flannel scraps & fabric as prizes.  Thanks to Margaret (http://www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/) and Jill (http://jillquilts.blogspot.com/)  for giving me more flannel fabric to make these charity quilts.  And thanks to AccuQuilt for making the Go, as the AccuQuiltGo made it a breeze to cut all this fabric.

After I cut the strips with the AccuQuiltGo, I sorted the colors into two groups.

I sewed the strips together, sometimes sewing small pieces that were long enough to fit on a block.  I cut my blocks to match the width of my sewn strips.  Then I had fun laying out the blocks and admiring how the scraps work together.

And I now have all these quilts sandwiched and ready to quilt.  I've decided to try out some of the beautiful free hand machine quilting techniques that I've been learning from the delightful blogsite:  365 Days of Free Motion Quilting  http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

I've been having so much fun with the AccuQuiltGo that I've become an unpaid volunteer to give demonstrations.  This coming Saturday, I'm going to be at Rosie's Calico Cupboard giving AccuQuiltGo demonstrations.  I just have so much fun giving these demonstrations and seeing how excited others get at the accuracy & speed of cutting fabric with the AccuQuilt Go.   

Rosie's Calico Cupboard, 7151 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA  92115    619-697-5758.
Saturday, Oct 10 from 11 am to 3 pm.  And, I'll also be giving AccuQuiltGo demonstrations on on Saturdays Oct 24, Nov 21, Dec 5 and Dec 12 at Rosies.  
To clarify, I am not paid for these demonstrations. I just love the AccuQuiltGo cutter and want more people to have a chance to see what it can do! Pop by Rosie's and see a demo soon.


Me aka Supermom said...

I'm glad to see you have used them well. That is quite the view you have too from your sewing room!

Barb said...

If i was in town, I would come buy. You should get paid to promote their product becuase you are doing a good job.

Nedra said...

Wow. 15 Charity quilts. That's wonderful.

Kelly Jackson said...

How fun is that? Good for you. What a great way to make those scraps managable.

Smiles from Houston,

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

How sweet to make so many charity quilts! The view from your sewing station is amazing!

Micki said...

The charity quilts are so pretty!

FabricsNQuilts said...

What a great testimonial! You should submit your blog to them so they can see what you are up to. Maybe they will send you a free die!

What a view! I would sew & cut all day with that gorgeous view, if I could get in off that deck, that is :)