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Do you listen to Brandy’s podcast, The Quilter on Fire?
It is so much fun; she has the best interviews with so many famous people in the quilting world.
Brandy interviewed the family that owns Sew Yeah Quilting, a shop in Las Vegas.
Sew Yeah is also an online shop: https://sewyeahquilting.com/
They have crazy sales on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/@SewYeah
Sew Yeah conducts various service projects, one being the Alaska project, where you can make a quilt and send it to them.
Once a year, they fly those quilts to Alaska, providing warmth for homeless people.
I have visited Alaska in an RV vs. the cruise I wanted to take.
My husband made the right call on that choice. It was an amazing trip.
During Brandy’s interview, one of the owners said you must have a jelly roll that you are not going to use.
My mind immediately went to one I was not going to use.
I don’t make many service projects because I am working on designing the next best things for you.
But the giving back aspect inspired me.
I searched for an easy yet exciting pattern and discovered the Designed to Quilt, Underlined pattern. https://designedtoquilt.com/free-patterns/
This is the quilt I made from that pattern.
I was slightly worried about the outcome because I was not using solid fabric.
But I loved how it turned out.
I only make baby quilts for close family for the same reason I don’t make many service projects.
The baby quilts are my way to give back so future generations will love quilts.
My daughter-in-law’s sister just had her third baby.
There is no limit to how many kids or quilts you can have.
If I have made a quilt for one of your children, then all your children get a quilt.
I have been using the Baby Lattice Quilt pattern by Amy Smart. https://diaryofaquiltershop.com/collections/downloadable-pdf-patterns/products/baby-lattice-quilt-pdf
It works so well with children’s theme fabric.
These are a couple of quilts I have made with this pattern.
This time, I decided to try something different.
The Underlined Quilt for the Alaska project went together in about three days.
The size of the pattern was larger than I wanted.
I contacted Designed to Quilt, asking them to help me resize the pattern.
Instead of 2-1/2” unfinished strips, I wanted to try 2” or 1-1/2”.
Within a day, they responded with the revision.
How kind is that?
You can get their free pattern and lots more contemporary patterns: https://designedtoquilt.com/free-patterns/
Designed to Quilt also have excellent quilt calculators on their site that you can use for free.
Put in your numbers and get answers to all kinds of quilt math.
Get on the wait list for the calculator app they are releasing in 2024.
Their free pattern uses 2-1/2” unfinished strips, finishing at approximately 40” x 48”.
I used 1-1/2” unfinished strips, and my quilt finished at 21-1/2” x 21-1/4.
This is the quilt I made for the third baby.
Next time, I will try 2” unfinished strips and see which one I like best.
Quilt math is not my thing, so I don’t have a finished size on the 2” unfinished strips size.
I will have that answer once I get the Designed to Quilt calculator app.
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