Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hands2Help - Guest Blogger Jamie & Her "Have Faith" Quilt

Hi, all!

Can I tell you how excited I am to see all the H2H quilts showing up in blogs and on Instagram?  You all are doing amazing work, and are going to touch so many lives while doing it.  Keep it up!

Today I'm so very pleased to introduce our first guest blogger of this year's Challenge.  Jamie Elfert, who blogs at L'Fair Quilts, also designs quilt patterns for Black Cat Creations.  She's been a great supporter of the Hands2Help Challenge in the past, and I'm really excited that she is sharing a very special design with us today.  I think you'll love this quit as much as I do - so let's take a look!


Thank you so much, Sarah, for letting me share this special pattern.  I have been a big fan of your Hands 2 Help challenge from the beginning.

Looking back, it is hard to believe so much happened in 2017 to our guild.  We had sickness (including my own husband's cancer), the passing of loved ones and family members impacted by the Texas Floods.  Needless to say it was rough.  

Our Block of the Month program was the perfect time to introduce my "Have Faith" block.  We needed something to work on, that would remind us of a higher power; give us strength; and continue to HAVE FAITH.  So far, I have made a quilt to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, the Texas Floods, a previous employee embarking on retirement and Sarah's Hands 2 Help (my 8th year participating).

In addition, our guild came together and made an additional five "Have Faith" quilts for the Texas Floods.  This was so important to us, as before the floods, we had received several quilts from Katy, Texas to meet our 2017 goal for St. Jude Children's Hospital / Ronald McDonald House.

My 2018 Hands to Help Finish ...

So let's get started .... below is the 12" finished block (12 1/2" unfinished).

Fabric Requirements:

Bright colorful medium to dark focus fabrics and a light background:
Large cross (Color 1):
(2) 2 ½” X 4 ½” rectangle
(1) 4 ½” X 8 ½” rectangle
Small Cross (Color 2): 
(2) 2 ½” squares
(1) 2 ½” X 6 ½” rectangle
(7) 2 ½” squares
(2) 4 ½” X 6 ½” rectangle

Making the Units for Blocks:

Unit A, Make 2:  Join (1) 2 ½” background square to each end of (1) 2 ½” X 4 ½” rectangle (color 1), repeat.  Press toward the background fabric.

Unit B, Make 1:  Join (1) 2 ½” background square to (1) 2 ½” square (color 2), press toward background.

Unit C, Make 1:  Join (1) 2 ½” background square to each end of (1) 2 ½” square (color 2), press toward background.

Join one Unit A to the left of 4 ½” X 8 ½” rectangle (color 1), press toward color 1.  Then join this unit to the 4 ½” X 6 ½” background rectangle, press toward the background.

 Join the second Unit A to the top of Unit B as shown below, press toward background.

Join Unit C to  the right of 2 ½” X 6 ½” (color 2) rectangle pressing toward color 2, then join to 4 ½” X 6 ½” background rectangle, pressing toward the background rectangle.

Join to the completed units to make the 12 ½” Block (12” finished).  Wait to press after these units are sewn together.

The picture below is the pressing directions of all of the seams -- notice the area circled, this is where I spin the seams.  All of the seams will fit nicely if you use this as a guide.

Assemble the top - Below is the layout of the quilt in two different colorways.  The first, with a light background is broken apart to easily see the layout of the blocks.  The second quilt is a little more daring, using scrappy colorful backgrounds.

Finished size - 60" X 72"

Happy Quilting, Jamie


Thank you, Jamie!  What a great quilt, and a wonderful story behind the block!  You can see another version of this quilt if you visit Jamie's blog today, so be sure to click here and check it out.

And if my calculations are correct, you can get the pieces for each of the two crosses of this block from one 10" square for each, and I've been cutting those out of my scraps for the past three months.  And I've got a lot of leftover fat quarters for backgrounds.  I may have just found my vacation quilt project!

Next week, come back for another great guest blogger, and a chance to check in and show off what you've been working on for H2H.  This isn't required, and you certainly don't have to be finished yet, but it is a chance to inspire others and cheer each other on - so I hope you'll join in!

Thanks for inspiring me, too!  




  1. Wonderful block. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

  2. What a fun and pretty quilt and pattern. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. What a great scrap pattern, thank you!
    I enjoyed the 'guest' blogger segment!

  4. Awesome quilt. A very powerful gift of love. Is there a way I can make the instructions into a PDF file for printing?

  5. Kind of reminds me of the quilt I made for my friend and Sunday School teacher. I've been making quilts for most every vet in my class and his was special because he makes little 'pocket' crosses out of wood and he (and many in the class) use these as witnessing tools. So I made his quilt all crosses in the gray/teal colors. I think he loved it. Going to make some of your blocks! Thanks!

  6. What a fun block and wonderful tutorial! I think this would be perfect for a group projects and I'm going to get working on setting one up right away. Thanks!

  7. A fabulous block for a fantastic quilt! Off to check out Jamie's blog.

  8. That's a great block design, one that makes me want to try a block or two right away! Thanks to Jamie for the wonderful tutorial!

  9. Great pattern. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. This is so cute, I am going to start a quilt with this pattern

  11. While I won't be making this for Hands 2 Help, I am going to make in red white and blue for a Veteran who is at thee moment winning a battle with cancer. He is a senor at our church and last 2 checkup have been cancer free. I think this great pattern is perfect for him. Thank you so much for sharing this Jamie.

  12. I love this block! Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. So many exciting colors are filling my to the scrap bag! Thank you so very very much! Happy new week!

  14. I've been wanting to make a plus block quilt, this block actually doubles that idea! I can't wait to make it. Off to Jamie's blog to check out more quilts, thanks for sharing!!

  15. That print PDF is so cool. Worked perfectly. Thanks

  16. Question: I haven't blogged in years. I've signed up for Hands 2 Help. How do I do my progress updates?

  17. Thanks so much for this pattern. I have seen a couple on the web and wondered where they originated. Now I know!

  18. What a cheerful pattern! I love the message behind it - Have Faith! Thank you so much for your support of so many wonderful causes!


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