Unlike my normal, long-winded posts, today's will be blissfully short.
This afternoon, ten people from my office will be converging on our local fabric/yarn shop, taking over their sewing room, and crafting for charity. We did this once before and had such a great time that we agreed to do it again.
This time, three of us decided to make the Take-Along Quilt from the book Craft Hope by Jade Sims. It's a simple quilt - using fat quarters (1/4 of a yard of fabric, cut a specific way) on one side and a single cut of flannel on the other, with some batting in between. The final product has a strap that can be used to secure the quilt into a bedroll when it's time to be put away. Together we decided to simplify the pattern a bit and use quilt binding to finish the edges instead of making an edge out of the back-side fabric. If you'd like a free copy of the pattern, click here.
Here's the issue... All three of us spent around $40 on materials, so each quilt will have $40 of hard cash plus four hours of our time invested in them. This smarts a bit when you're giving away the item. On our last charity craft day we made pillow case dresses so we had, probably, $15 each invested and we got twelve dresses out of the deal. Needless to say, we got a lot more bang for our buck as a charitable project with the dresses. This is something you have to think about when you're giving away your finished project. I want to be able to provide as much as I can for my time and money invested. All I can hope is that these quilts will be well-loved and used for years.
We'll take some pictures today and do a follow-up post on Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone!!