Donation Quilts

I have been a volunteer with our local food ministry ( for a long while now. As with any non-profit, we are constantly fund raising to keep the ministry going.  We have had several fund raising dinners at local restaurants and along with the dinner we usually hold a raffle or silent auction.  I have donated three quilts over the past 18 months for these events.  It has been great practice for me and the quilts are popular items that have raised money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

The first quilt I made was a simple one that was based on a tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts called “Fair and Square”. The pattern was very easy to use, which was a good thing since this was one of my first quilts! It was made using scraps I had on-hand with the exception of the sashing and the backing. This was the first quilt that I free motion quilted and I did it with random loops.  It turned out decent, considering it was the first one!

The front:

ifm donor quilt frontI pieced the back with fabric I had left over.


ifm quilt back

Quilt number two was one of my favorites.  I love both the pattern and fabric. The pattern is called Doubly Charming and was provided by Teresa at Sewn Up By Teresa Down Under. I love this pattern. It came together easily. It uses three charm packs. I chose “Eat Your Fruits and Veggies” by Pat Sloan for Moda. The colors were so bright and cheerful. I quilted it with straight diagonal lines which basically outlined the squares.  I also tried tracing a sunrise and quilting that design on the setting triangles. That worked really well. I machine quilted the binding.



Oh So Charming Donation Quilt September, 2013

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Here is the back:

ifm quilt 2 back


FInally, the third quilt.  For this one I used a tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts (she has the best tutorials!!) called Zig Zag Quilt. I love this pattern for it’s chevron look but no piecing of triangles needed! So simple.  The fabric line was called Beyond the Gate by Jill Finley for Henry Glass & Co. This was such a fun project. I love the look of this quilt – it’s very soothing. I quilted the colored rows with gray thread and used white on the white rows. The gray looked fine with the green and blue rows but stood out a bit too much against the yellow rows.





and now the back side……….


Love putting this quilty hobby of mine to good use for a good cause!! Anyone else making donation quilts? Comment with some links so I can see them!

Linking up to Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Show and Tell Tuesday at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.


12 thoughts on “Donation Quilts

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Kaja:
      Thanks so much for the compliment! I made these 3 quilts over the course of about 15 months or so. It wasn’t too difficult. I took a visit over to your site earlier and your quilts are so pretty. Come back again!

  1. Micki

    They are all great. Congrats on three finishes. I like how you did an insert on the backing…adds a nice finishing touch.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks!! I really enjoyed that one as well. Great colors in the fabric line so it was pretty fun to play with.

  2. Dora, the quilter

    Love the second quilt because of the way you arranged the colors!
    I make prayer quilts that we give to people connected to our church family that are facing serious health challenges. I rarely donate quilts or even smaller pieces for auction because they seldom bring in bids adequate to cover the time invested. (Guess they might if I made some more wealthy connections!)

    1. Bernie Post author

      Dora, how kind of you to make the prayer quilts. I try not to think about the time invested vs the money brought in. The quilts are time consuming and it would be great if we could get “enough” to make things balance out. I know that that the zig zag quilt brought in $160 in the auction. I felt ok about that. I don’t know how much the others went for. It is just a great cause. 🙂


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