Charity Quilt Finish- 25 Years in the Making!!

A Charity Quilt 25 Years in the Making!

. . . and well worth the wait.

This quilt top was sent to me by Jackie Trembley of Fort Edward, New York.  I am embarrassed to say that Jackie sent the top to me in 2013.  It got lost in my topsy turvy quilting room and didn’t come to light again until I unpacked after we moved in the new house last year.  Jackie, I am so sorry!

This quilt comes with a history, and I’m excited to share it with you as well as the finished product.

Jackie sent a history of this quilt top: “These blocks were won by me in a drawing at the quilt guild I belonged to at the time, the Hudson River Piecemakers from Corinth, NY.  I believe I paid $1 for a ‘kit’ with the fabrics and instructions to make one block.  The next month, I was entered to win all of the the blocks that were turned in and my name was drawn!  That was either in late 1991 or early 1992.  I set the blocks on point and added setting triangles and a border.  I never got around to quilting it and it’s been sitting in a plastic tub in my sewing room for over 20 years and at 3 different houses!”

Jackie’s quilt top is approximately 63″ x 80.”

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Look at these blocks, each one made by a different quilter.

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The back shows the ladies used different approaches to their appliqué.  Some cut away the background fabric, some used matching thread for the three different colors of the appliqué.

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Some of the appliqués were sewn with three stitches to the inch, while other blocks had 16 stitches to the inch.

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This block took a while to make.  Tiny stitches by a very steady hand.

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This quilter placed the petals next to the flower stem, while other ladies overlapped the petals onto the stem.

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I sent this top to Cheryl in Dallas for finishing.  The top was not quite big enough for a twin size quilt, so Cheryl added borders to increase the size to 78″ x 90.”  A variety of scraps in green, blue, and tans pulled from the colors in the original top.

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The digital quilt pattern is called Zoidberg Feathers, designed by Barbara Becker.  It is available at www.Digitechpatterns.com.

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The binding is first sewn to the top of the quilt. Cheryl uses a flat fell foot to attach the binding.

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The back of the quilt is sewn down next.

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It turned out pretty good!  The flat fell foot ensures the stitching on the FRONT of the quilt is at a uniform distance from the edge even though it is sewn from the back side.

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The final reveal:  25 years in the making.  What a beauty!

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What would the Hudson River Piecemakers think to see their blocks set in this finished quilt?

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Doesn’t the blue fabric for the quilt backing match the borders perfectly?

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After the quilt is trimmed, Cheryl’s Boston Terrier, Libe, plays with the batting and backing.  Libe plans to make a quilt with these pieces but must wait until she is allowed to use safety scissors.

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After the photography session, the next stop is the washing machine where the quilt will become soft and crinkly.

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This quilt will go to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida.  I smile to think that it will be a gift to some young person who wasn’t even born when Jackie and her friends started these blocks in 1991 or 1992.

This is truly a many hands coming together to do good work quilt.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this quilt donation happen!

13 thoughts on “Charity Quilt Finish- 25 Years in the Making!!”

  1. Loved reading this. Hudson River Piecemakers is a local guild and I
    Know many of the members😀 They are having a quilt show the first weekend of August
    In Lake Luzerne NY

  2. Beautiful quilt and I love the history of it. The young woman at house of hope will feel someone cares when she sees this beautiful handpiece quilt.

  3. Excellent job to all involved. I really like the quilting pattern.
    Cheryl does a great job with matching the pattern to the quilt.

  4. I really love seeing so many different visions coming together in one beautiful quilt like this. And that border just transformed the quilt. Well done, everyone.

  5. Such a lovely quilt. Such an honor for all that have touched this in the makings and will be treasured by the young person receiving this wonderful quilt.

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