March is National Quilt month!
My Quiltsy Team (a group of quilting artists who sell their work on the Etsy.com website) is celebrating by featuring a different member each day and the charities they support. So today I’d like to share photos of donations I’ve just finished up to give to Mikayla’s Grace.
Mikayla’s Grace is a local charity in my area that supports families with a baby in the NICU (neonatal ICU) and those who experience the death of an infant at hospitals throughout Wisconsin by providing NICU care packages that offer both practical and emotional support for parents. They also reach out to comfort women who experience miscarriages.
I’ve knitted quite a few preemie hats throughout this past year, but when a call came out for special small items, it was an opportunity for me to try a new technique…combining quilting with crochet! I’ve seen quilts that were made up of squares with crocheted edgings and then put together like a granny square afghan.
So, starting with small squares of cotton and soft flannel, I made little tiny quilts by sewing them right sides together,
with a quarter inch seam (leaving an opening to turn)
And then turning the right side out and top stitching around the edges.
I found yarn was too thick, but white pearl cotton was just the right size, to do a blanket stitch around the perimeter of the square.
That gave me something to anchor my crochet edge stitching to. And then it was a matter of crocheting whatever edge stitch I desired around the entire square for several rows.
Here’s a few simple edgings done in green baby yarn (top) and blue cotton yarn (bottom). I liked using the soft baby (or sports weight) yarn the best.
And here’s a few more in coral and mint green. You can see I tried to use the yarn to do the blanket stitch (one on the right), and although I like the look of it better I found it very difficult to thread and poke through the edging, so I went back to using the pearl cotton.
By folding, they make the cutest little wraps—you can see how small they are next to my hand…
Next I decided to make some little quilts for preemies out of some beautiful cotton fabrics and soft flannel.
Squares put together and backed with soft flannel.
Aren’t the chicks cute? I love the bright, cheerful colors. And here are a few more pieced in strips across the quilt with soft minky fabric on the back.
Last but not least, I added a couple of tiny knit afghans that I made out of soft yellow baby yarn with a blue crochet edging. Can you see the “heart” created by the pattern? So fun.
I hope these small gifts bring love and comfort to the families they go to!
I’m so blessed to be a part of such great Etsy Team. Each member is not only creative, but so caring and generous. Just this past month when one of our members found out about a need for quilts for victims of fires in Tennessee, our Quiltsy Team immediately went to work and made 67 quilts to donate to them–yup SIXTY SEVEN!! An amazing group that I am so thankful for.
Until next time,