Every so often questions or comments come to me that I think everyone might be interested in learning the answer to. Then I address them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
“I too love baptist fans. How do you quilt them on your long arm? Do you have a pattern you follow?”
This comment came after I talked about this quilt and my idea to use Baptist Fans on another quilt of mine. Read about the quilt here.
Here’s another quilt I did Baptist Fans on.
I was a LONG a Baptist Fan lover but with a long arm I thought it wasn’t possible to do them. I was aware of pantographs for them but I don’t use pantographs…so I figured they weren’t for me.
After reading a blog, Mary Quilts, I learned that I could do them free motion style and I do them very regularly now. Almost all of my quilts that are Civil War printed get Baptist Fans. Here is a link to the PDF file that shows how to make them. (Please remember that you need an Adobe Reader to view the file)
Once you do them over a whole quilt, you’ll have the muscle memory in place and find it very easy to do. I recommend giving them a try.
“Love it! There are a LOT of quilters in my area so there are not a lot of auctions where I would win :( but I would rather the charity group that buys get the bargains :) They make quilts for the homeless shelter and a few other places in town which need the fabric hugs. When I see a yard of fabric which I love I think of it as 4 fat quarters to use in my scrappy quilts. Nobody says the yardage has to be used in the same quilt. Sometimes I bring the yard home and cut it into fat quarters. I give away one or two and put the others in my fat quarter bins.”
Bridgets comment really got me thinking; Ah…I never thought of yardage as “just a bunch of fat quarters”…but it is, isn’t it. Hmmm. I love thinking of it that way. I’m going to take idea with me and keep it tucked away.
The other part of Bridget’s comments got me thinking too….
Should I be leaving the fabric for charity groups? Hmmm. I thought on this for quite awhile. Thinking and thinking. How is it that I can best help other organizations that are doing charity quilting? My final conculsion was that it’s okay to keep doing what I’m doing. Quite a bit of the fabric that I purchase via the thrift stores ends up in the hands of charity quilters. If I buy a bag of fabric from the thrift store and love one piece, often the rest goes to charity. At the auction I was at, I have no idea which, if any people, were buying for charity. This was, I bought this box….
of this…7 1/2 yards went to charity plus the 20 fat quarters plus the started stack and whack quilt top. This went to charities free of charge.
The other boxes, I kept most of…but that’s okay.
I do think that being I buy so much thrifted fabric myself, it allows me to have more money that I can more easily donate to charities.
Well…that took me a bit to think through but I think I’m settled. I have my way of helping charities…others have their ways. I don’t believe there is any one best way and isn’t that awesome. I love that we can all give in ways that are best suited to our own style.
Thanks so much for the comment Bridget. I really did appreciate having a chance to think through my charitable givings. That set a little fire in my to try to do even more. THANKS!!
If you have a comment or question that I haven’t gotten to, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!!
P.S. I have a blog reader in Michigan that would like to donate some quilt tops to a charity group. They would like to try to keep them in Michigan. Are there any groups there who could use some quilt tops? If so, please email me at email@example.com and I will pass your info on to her. Please also provide an email contact and note what group your charity donates to. THANKS!!