100 Quilts for Kids

This week I finally finished another quilt… I mean completely finished – quilting and binding and all.  I have been pumping out the blocks and tops but have been a little lacking on finishes… until now.  So without further ado here is my Les Monsieur quilt…

easy kids quilt

This was a fast and fun quilt to put together, I made the top in February in very little time (see my original post) but it spent months sitting in the “must finish” pile.  For this quilt, I started with a handful of the prints from Michael Miller’s fabulous Les Monsieur line and some coordinating fabrics from my stash.

Les Monseur block detail

I then spent a few hours making log cabin blocks, all 9 1/2 inches square but with random sized logs/sashing.  What I love about this type of quilt top is that it is a great way to highlight a fun novelty print line…and I always start by cutting out blocks of just the prints (giving you instantly 3 – 4 blocks to start).

quilt detail

Then I fussy cut some of the novelty prints for the center of the blocks and go to work.  It is just fun putting everything together, of course making sure that there is some lights (in this case white) and darks (navy blue and a touch of brown).

block detail 2

If there are any of the focus prints left over I tend to incorporate them into the back of the quilt.

Les Monseur quilt back

This quilt was delivered yesterday to Project Linus and is one of my entries into this years 100 Quilts for Kids drive.

For the last couple of years I have been a part of the 100 Quilts for Kids drive that Katie Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt set up.   The idea is simple, for the months of August and September you are encouraged to make a quilt and donate it to a child/teen in your own community.

This year the quilt drive is being hosted by Quilts in the Queue and there are some beautiful quilts that have already been donated …. oh did I mention you can also win some lovely prizes by donating a quilt and then linking a photo to the 100 Quilts for Kids site?

Simple, easy, quick and fun

Monday night my husband decided to abandon me for some fun and games with some of his friends.  I was a little excited to have the night to myself and decided that I wanted to try to finish a quilt top in a night. I found the perfect fabric for my plan, some 1/2 yard cuts of three prints from Michael Miller’s “Les Monsieur” I bought a couple of months ago.

fabric detail

Using this fabulous print from the collection as my focus,   I pulled supporting green and blue fabrics,  tone on tone white and some mustaches from my stash and got to work.

Les Monsieur fabric

I cut strips from my stash fabric and fussy cut the Les Monsieur fabric and hours later I had this…

simple kids quilt

It was a fun and somewhat liberating experience making this quilt.   Once I knew my colour scheme and had some of the main prints fussy cut it was an easy process of putting blocks together.  Other than trimming your blocks to size (I used my 9 1/2 inch square ruler) you do not have to worry too much about precise measuring.

Les Monsieur quilt top detail 3

The fussy cut centers are different sizes, as are the borders surrounding them.

Les Monsieur quilt top detail

I did make sure there was a good balance of blues and greens in the blocks in the top…

Les Monsieur quilt top detail 2

…as well as some dark tones to make things pop – I used a dark blue print and a nice Kona brown solid for this purpose.

Les Monsieur quilt top detail 4

I also made sure that there was plenty of white bordered blocks to help the contrast.  And voila… a quilt 45 inch square quilt top made in a night!

As it is Friday I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday and Forth Worth Fabric’s Fabric Frenzy Friday.