Today’s Charity Quilt Finish is a collaborative effort. This quilt top was made by Pat Templin. She sent the quilt top directly to volunteer quilter Cheryl in Dallas. Pat created such a beautiful quilt entirely of half square triangles in a variety of pale floral prints. Look at what Pat made.
Pat lives in Spokane, but here you see her quilt top is loaded on a longarm machine in Dallas. That’s a collaborative effort for sure. The quilt is loaded and the computer is ready to go. Did Pat keep count of all those half square triangles? There must be a gazillion of them. So many seams to match!
As each row is quilted, it is advanced on the “take up roller.”
Half square triangles: a simple unit, but look at all of the variations of patterns are created.
Another pattern created from the half square triangles.
Step back and here’s another pattern. Looks like a fancy star to me. But then, I love stars and see them everywhere.
The computer is speeding long at 10 stitches per inch.
This digital pattern is called “Star Flower.” It is by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell. Isn’t it pretty?
The last row is finally here. Almost finished.
Cheryl in Dallas doesn’t do any hand binding. No binding snobs here: with arthritis in the hands, machine binding is the only way to go. This flat fell foot helps keep the seam at a uniform distance from the raw edge.
After the binding is sewn to the front, it is folded over to the back. Pinning the corners in advance makes sewing the corners a snap.
Nice 90 degree angle on each corner.
The last seam is sewn with the backing side up. Pat sent the binding along with her quilt top. That is so helpful, but not necessary for folks who make charity quilts.
Half Square Triangle Heaven is on display under a cloudless Dallas day. Notice the three borders.
Pat made a pieced border to separate the two blue borders. What creativity! Love those florals.
The backing came from a thrift shop, but it wasn’t wide enough for the quilt, so . . .
. . . a solid white and a pink print made it just the right size.
The pink print came from Cheryl’s stash. It is just right for this floral-themed quilt.
After the photo shoot, Pat’s quilt will get a label and then a turn in the washing machine. It will be soft and crinkly when it goes to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida. Some gal is going to love these florals.
Thanks for the work and the beautiful result, Pat and Cheryl in Dallas. We love to see the efforts of your quilting. The House of Hope gals will feel the love.