Yahoo! There is a charity quilt finish. This is from Christine P and Cheryl. Christine P. sent this beautiful quilt top to me, and I forwarded it to Cheryl in Dallas for quilting and binding.
Christine P. used three fabrics for this quilt top: a traditional plaid, an orange-brown weave, and solid off-white. What a nice job Christine P. did on these blocks.
Does the plaid remind anyone of parochial school uniforms? How about that burnt orange — any University of Texas Longhorn fans thinking about their school colors?
The quilt top is made entirely of 2 1/2” strips and squares. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Look at this fabulous design. Oooo la la!
Christine P.’s quilt top was 68 inches x 84 inches. This one is destined for the House of Hope where the ladies have twin-size beds, so it needs to be a bit longer. The women take their quilts with them when they graduate from the program and their future beds might be of any size, so bigger is better. Cheryl in Dallas added three borders to increase the size of the quilt.
Below, you see the first off-white narrow border is being laid across the middle of the quilt for measuring. This is the method that Bonnie Hunter uses to measure borders, and it is much easier than a tape measure. It’s accurate, too. Bonnie’s website has detailed instructions for measuring borders: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/border-hints.html
The second border was made with 2 1/2” squares set on the diagonal. Cheryl dug through her fat quarters and found some that reasonably matched the colors of the quilt top. More or less. The third and outermost border is solid hunter green. Navy blue would have been more consistent with Christine P.’s fabrics, but there was no navy blue in a certain quilt stash in Dallas.
The result looks great, don’t you think? The quilt finished at 82 inches x 97 inches. Plenty big enough to be used as a bedspread on a twin-size bed.
The digital quilting pattern is called “Threadz,” designed by Patricia Ritter. Lots of loopeys and swirls contrast with the straight lines and diagonals of the quilt design.
I donated the wide quilt backing two months ago, not knowing that it would be used on a University of Texas burnt orange quilt in the future. Perfect match!
Libe the Boston Terrier gets to practice with the backing and batting that were trimmed from the quilt. Everyone is happy with this project.
Christine P.’s quilt will go to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida. Three new residents just arrived at the House of Hope in January. Thanks to donations from blog readers, Cheryl had two quilts all ready to go. This plaid beauty will be the third quilt for the FedEx delivery to Florida this week. Most of the participants in the House of Hope program come directly from jail. They appreciate the donated clothes and food, but a brand new quilt handmade just for them is a VERY special treat!
Thanks Christine P., Cheryl in Dallas, and all of you blog readers who donate tops and other goods to create heirlooms for people who have so little. I appreciate all of you!