Charity Quilt Finish


Yahoo…another charity quilt is finished.  This one was bound by my friend Mary Jo in Lacrosse.

Mary Jo writes:  ”Quilt Number 1 was from Diane Vaclavick of Sweeny, Texas.  This is a small (42 x 48) quilt that would make a great baby boy quilt (or a table topper).”

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I remember quilting this one.  I was hurrying to get it done so I could drop it off when I went to Lacrosse for doctor appointments.

Here’s a picture showing off the backing and a closer view of the machine quilting…. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt from Cheryl


My blog reader has come up with something VERY different for this charity quilt.  Amy Davis made this quilt top.  Amy used all solids — black, navy, forest green, and maroon.  The color selection and the solid fabrics remind me of Amish quilts.  Amy’s top has 12 quilt blocks using only those four fabrics.


Amy sent this quilt top directly to Cheryl in Dallas, and that saved a bit of money because I didn’t have to forward it to the volunteer quilter.  Here’s the quilt top just as it came out of the shipping box.  Ooohh, a sampler quilt.



The quilt top is loaded on the longarm for the next step on the journey.

This is only part of one block; the block has four of these flower baskets.


Flying Geese units form a fancy pinwheel.


Cheryl added another color to Amy’s four color quilt:  bright yellow.  She is getting started with the quilting pattern called “Curly Feathers.”  The digital design is by Jessica Schick.  The yellow quilting thread is a bold statement.


Below, you can see how the quilting pattern adds a whole new dimension to the top. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt from Cheryl


Hi all…
I had a little mix up on the date of my post with Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.  I wrote that up yesterday instead of today…Oh no!  If you’re here to see that and enter the giveaway, you can find that here.  If you’re a regular reader and want to know what’s new here today, read on.  Cheryl one of our volunteer long arm quilters worked her magic on a great quilt!

Here’s a quilt top that Heather Lentz pieced almost a year ago.  Heather sent this quilt top directly to Cheryl in Dallas for quilting and binding.  When Kelli and I get the new “Charity Quilts” tab finished on our blog, readers will be able to send quilt tops directly to longarm quilters who have volunteered to move these quilts along to the next stage in completion.



For this twin size quilt, Cheryl had just the right size backing in her stash—the result of shopping in local thrift stores.  The backing gets loaded and fastened down to two rollers.

After the batting is laid out, the top is spread on the longarm.  Cheryl “floats” her quilts and fastens the top only to the take up roller at the top of the longarm frame.



I call this quilt block “Simply Woven” — not sure if there are other names for it.  It is a beautiful block and I loved studying how it is put together.  Don’t you want to get out a pile of colorful strips and start a new quilt? What wonderful colors; it reminds me of spring.

After some basting to hold the three layers in place, the first row of quilting gets started.



The digital quilting pattern is “Bauhaus,” designed by Patricia Ritter.  I like the way this simple pattern lets the bright colors and bold design of the quilt be the focus of this quilt.



The last row is in sight.  It shows progress when the quilt finally pulls up off the floor.  Heather might get voted Favorite Piecer by longarm quilters because this quilt is perfectly flat (she pressed the finished top!) and perfectly square.  That makes it much easier to run through the machine.


The quilt is being cut off the frame.  That didn’t take long.  Next step:  trimming up.



Heather provided matching fabric for the binding, alternate strips of orange prints and turquoise prints.  Cheryl pins the binding only on the corners.  This helps keep the 90 degree angles in place while sewing down the last row of binding.



Cheryl sews the last row of binding from the back.  Below, the finished binding looks pretty good from the front, too.



Come on out to the backyard in Dallas and see the finished quilt.  Wow, breathtaking!  This version is 71” x 83,” just right for a twin-size bed. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt Finish


Another charity quilt is on it’s way to it’s intended recipient.  It is a wonderful feeling for me when I get an email saying another quilt is done and headed to it’s new home.

This one was pieced by Cheryl Harts and bound by Karin.

This is a quick and easy design.  It sure would be great for show casing a few favorite fabrics….or if you have a layer cake waiting for inspiration, this design could easily work.


Here’s a closer picture…. [Read more...]