Charity Quilt: Cheryl and Heather

Here’s another collaborative effort from a couple of blog readers.  This quilt top was made by Heather Lentz.  She explained that since she started quilting, her preferences have changed, so she sewed up a pile of quilt tops with the fabric she no longer loves and donated them plus a box of matching fabric to be used for charity quilts.  I often send large quilts to Cheryl in Dallas who supports a women’s shelter in Florida.  The quilts are used on the gals’ beds, and the ladies take the quilts when they graduate from the program and transition into the “real world.”

Don’t you love the luscious colors Heather selected?!  Reminds me a cool dish of orange, pineapple, and raspberry sherbet. Heather’s top started off at 60” x 69”, but it needed to grow a bit to cover a twin-size bed, so Cheryl in Dallas did her border-thing.

Cheryl added an 8” pieced border and a plain border in yellow, so the finished size is 86” x 94.”

Cheryl said her go-to source of inspiration is Pat Speth’s book, “Nickel Quilts & Borders.”

The pieced border is called “Bird In The Air.”  Cheryl noted that when she put the four building blocks of each unit together, she got mixed up.  Can you tell what she did that is different from the pattern?  It took me a while to figure it out, but I like the result — that’s creativity, not a mistake.

The pieced inner border and plain outer border make the quilt big enough for a full-size bed.  You can see from this photo that even though the center fabric and border fabric came from two different stashes, the combination looks great.  Another reason why I love scrappy quilts.


The digital quilt pattern is “Bauhaus” by Patricia Ritter.  It is available on-line at UrbanElementz.

Here it is in process.  The quilted rectangles are a nice contrast to the straight lines of the fabric center.

Heather provided 400” of binding for this project.  That is so thoughtful!

And the project finally came together.  See?


Snap quick before the quilt sails off in a Dallas breeze.


Compare Cheryl’s yellow print border with Heather’s yellow stripped center.  They look like someone picked them out with a master plan in mind.  Ha!


Heather also provided this pretty pink print, which is a wide backing.  No piecing for this lovely!


This quilt already has a label attached and will soon be in a box, heading to Gainesville, Florida.  A new resident at the House of Hope will love this one.  I do!

WOW ladies…I’m impressed.  What an upgrade to a jelly roll race quilt.  It’s wonderful!!  Heather and Cheryl for the WIN!!

8 thoughts on “Charity Quilt: Cheryl and Heather”

  1. Cheryl is so talented! She has taken this to the next level, beyond what I could have imagined. May this quilt give comfort and warmth to the recipient at The House of Hope.

  2. The pieced border really makes this quilt. And this idea may breathe new life into some jelly roll race tops that I’ve never completed. They’re fun to make, but I never quite love their appearance.

  3. Oh Thank you, I have TWO jelly roll race quilt tops that needed “something” and I now know how to finish them up! Someone is going to love this quilt when they get it, it will make them smile.

  4. SusanfromKentucky

    Taking a simple (but pretty) quilt top and making it a masterpiece! Great work ladies!! Someone is going to love this one.

  5. I have a couple of jelly roll race quilt tops that needed something. Now I know how to complete them. Beautiful quilts ladies. Thanks for sharing .

  6. I love the idea of sewing up some quick and simple tops from fabrics that no longer inspire me, and the pieced border really does take things to the next level. Good job Heather and Cheryl!

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