Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On the 1st Day of Christmas.......

On the 1st Day of Christmas, I Give to Thee....



The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines charity as:

1.  Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; aid given to those in need; an institution engaged in relief of the poor; public provision for the relief of the needy.
2.  Benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.
3.  A gift for public benevolent purposes.
4.  Lenient judgment of others.

What does charity mean to you?

For me, charity means supporting my community and helping others.  
There are a lot of different ways to be charitable.  We can share our time by volunteering.  We can share our resources by making monetary donations or donations of goods and services.  The most wonderful thing about being charitable is that there isn't just one way to do it and you can do charitable deeds all year long.


For my quilt design for Charity, I chose the humble four patch.  I am including the instructions to make this quilt because it would make up fast and you could donate the finished quilt to your favorite charity.

This quilt will finish at 72" x 72".

Here's how to make this simple quilt:

You will need 72 print 5" squares and 72 background 5" squares.  (This is a wonderful quilt project to use up a lot of different fabrics, just divide them into dark fabrics for the print squares and light fabrics for the background squares.  You can also use multiple charm packs if you want or make it a two color quilt as I did here.)

Make 36 Four Patch blocks.

Cut 60 sashing strips 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" and 25 sashing squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Sew 6 blocks together with 5 sashing strips in between the blocks.  Please note how I turned the blocks so that there will be a secondary design when everything is sewn together.  Make 6 rows.

Sew  6 sashing strips end to end with 5 sashing squares.  Make 5 rows.

Sew rows together, alternating block rows with sashing rows.

Measure your quilt top and cut borders 4 1/2" wide.


Finish your quilt by layering it with batting and backing.  Quilt or tie the layers together.  Attach a binding.  Donate to your favorite charity.

My challenge to at least one charitable thing before Christmas.


  1. I try to be charitable all year round, not just at Christmas. It should be a way of life. I've been blessed, so, I try to pass it on when I can, however I can, especially with my sewing.

  2. Thank you for the pattern, Tricia! Christmas time brings out the charitable side of people and that is always good. Like Cheryl above, I'm always looking for ways to share my time and talents with others. You never know what it might mean to someone who didn't expect it! Blessings to you!