Charity Quilt Finish

This charity quilt finish comes to you from Laura and Cheryl.  Laura White in Richmond, Virginia, sent this top to me.  While I was preparing for foot surgery and subsequent recovery, I knew I could not work on it soon.  I forwarded the top to Cheryl in Dallas to do the quilting and binding.  Look at what these two gals accomplished.


Laura’s top is a riot!  A riot of colors and units.  It is, however, a controlled riot.  The colors are yellow, orange, black, white and teal.  Mauve makes a guest appearance, too.   Do you recognize the pattern?  If you need more clues, keep looking.

You would think that an orange and black color scheme would include a lot of Halloween fabrics, and those are in the quilt. . .



and more . . .



but there are tons of other black and oranges . . .

. . . even Dr. Seuss characters . . .


These 12″ blocks are repeated throughout the top.  Each block has a center 4-patch and is surrounded by numerous chevrons, half-square triangles, and 2″ squares.


So did you guess the quilt pattern??  Keep reading to see if you’re right.

The yellow backing wasn’t quite wide enough for this quilt.  Cheryl added a teal-orange-teal stripe to the backing.  Lots of pins!  But don’t worry, Cheryl has already confessed that she is anal about those pins, and it’s the only way she can sew long strips of fabrics together.


Piecing the teal-orange-teal insert for the backing.  And sewing over those many, many pins.



The backing is attached to the longarm first.  The next steps are to layer the batting (stacked in the corner) and top.



Picking out the digital pattern is the fun-est part of a quilting project.  This one is called “Bossa Nova,” by Natalie Gorman.  It is available at



With the three layers in place, the longarm machine starts to work.



This quilting pattern was only 8 inches high, so the machine required many passes to cover the entire project.



While the longarm machine stitched, Cheryl found yet more orange-y fabric for the 2″ binding.  The binding project and the quilting were finished about the same time.



And viola! as beautiful as anticipated.  Do you recognize the pattern now?   Let me know in the Comment Section below if you can identify this pattern — and if you have made this quilt.


Knowing how long this one takes to piece, I’m amazed that Laura donated it.  What a generous gift!



The quilt is 90″ x 90″.  The backing is such a nice complement to the colors on the front.



The photo below shows how the narrow yellow inner border makes a nice separation from the final multi-colored border.  That’s a lot of attention to detail, Laura!



The orange-y binding adds to Laura’s original color riot in this beautiful scrappy quilt.



Littlest Quilter Libe pops her head up from the pile of batting and backing scraps, which is her favorite toy.

This quilt is going to the ladies at the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida.  Thank you, Laura and Cheryl, for your collaboration in such a wonderful quilt.