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.
s close-up shows that the variegated lavender thread bends into the gray background.
The backing is almost the same gray color that Heather used on the quilt top. I love to see how these charity quilts made by several quilters just seem to be planned out ahead — who could have thought that the perfect backing for Heather’s quilt would be waiting in Texas?
And of course, I love the polka dots . . .
. . . more polka dots . . .
. . . still more. . . Lots of intersections to be matched, and Heather did such a nice job of butting those corners so snugly.
. . . and dots even in the binding.
This quilt will get a hand sewn label and a turn in the washing machine. Then, off to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida. The House of Hope is a very small operation, just 7-10 women at a time. Each lady gets a quilt when she arrives, and it is a treasure for her to keep when she graduates from the program.
Thanks, Heather and Cheryl, for your work on this beautiful quilt and for sharing the photos for all of us to enjoy.
This quilt is on my someday list…isn’t it an awesome scrap quilt!!