Wait until you see this wonderful charity quilt made with my favorite fabrics — Civil War reproductions. Yes, I change favorites a lot, but the Civil War theme was my first and will always be a favorite of mine.
This quilt top was made by Jean Fisher in Manchester, Iowa. Jean sent it to me a while ago. When trying to catch up on the backlog of charity quilt tops, I sent this one to Cheryl in Dallas for her longarm and binding skills. I didn’t want Jean’s quilt top to wait until I had time to quilt it because that might be a looooooog time. I also feel really good about House of Hope and ladies trying to start a new life there
Jean sent a nice note with the quilt top. She wrote:
“Jo, this was a UFO that was over a year old for me and was a real challenge for me to finish. It is not in my color palette and was TOTALLY OUT OF MY BOX for me to attempt. But I got it done, and now it is needing a new home. It is for you to decide who shall receive it. It can be for yourself and your home, or whomever you feel!! I feel blessed to be able to read your blogs and learn from the things you share, and now I want to pay it forward, so to speak.”
Isn’t that always the case — Jean says she had trouble finishing this quilt because she didn’t care for the colors, and yet the Civil War palette is my favorite. Yes, I was tempted to keep it! Finally, I decided to send it to Dallas because I know it will become the favorite possession of a lady at the charity Cheryl helps, the House of Hope.
The top was quilted with a digital pattern called Simply Sunflowers by Deb Geissler.
This quilting pattern is complicated, but with a computer running the show, Cheryl in Dallas doesn’t have to worry about sore shoulders like some of us longarmers.
Doesn’t the detailed quilting pattern look great with the muted colors of the quilt top?
And the fabrics are wonderful. There are very few repeats in this scrappy quilt top. Jean must have used a bit of every Civil War fabric ever made.
Jean sent a wide quilt backing in a very subtle tan check. How nice to have a backing all ready to go when it’s time to start quilting.
And Jean even included a yard of matching fabric for the binding. My blog readers are so
Jean sent the magazine, so I can share the information with you. The quilt was designed by Paula Barnes. The magazine version is 64” square, but Jean biggie-sized it to be 95” square.
Cheryl in Dallas wrote that three new residents will move into the House of Hope at the end of February. This quilt is #1 for the new arrivals. A box of quilts will soon be on its way to Gainesville, Florida.
Thank you-thank you Jean and Cheryl. This quilt is AWESOME!! What a great gift for one of the gals coming into the house.