Charity Quilt Finish by Cheryl and Heather

This quilt top was made by blog reader Heather Lentz, and she sent it to Cheryl in Dallas to be quilted for charity.  Check-out the details of this latest charity quilt finish.



Above, the top is loaded onto the longarm machine.  Does anyone know the name of this pattern?  Each 8″ finished block is made of four sets of strips:  one white strip and one patterned strip.  The sets are turned at 90 degree angles to each other.  Doesn’t it look great with this large variety of fabrics?


Heather chose a beautiful combination of pale hues in brown, tan, blue, green, and pink.  Even some grays are sprinkled in there.


The blocks are set on point, and there’s a wide solid frame around the outside quilt which makes trimming so much easier–no fear of cutting off points when the quilt is trimmed.

The digital quilt pattern, shown below on the long arm’s computer screen, is “Buzz” by Apricot Moon Designs and is available at


The first row of the very simple daisy chain pattern is being quilted by the longarm.



That quilting pattern allows the fabrics in this quilt to be the star.  Notice how puffy the batting is?  It is a double layer of polyester that was donated by a local APQS vendor.  The roll contained just enough batting to complete this quilt.


While the longarm is working, Cheryl cuts the binding.  Lots and lots of markings are needed for connection of the 2″ binding strips.  Heather included extra fabric with this quilt, and there was plenty for the backing and binding.  Those extras are not necessary when you send in charity quilts, but it is very much appreciated if you want to include the fabric.

Here’s the finished product on display.  Don’t the soft colors look great against the wood and stone fence?  The quilt measures 78″ x 90″, which is a generous twin-size quilt.



Close up of some of the blocks.  All the colors play nicely!

Another cloudless day in Dallas makes a great background for this quilt.



Cheryl used three different fabrics from the selection Heather sent to piece the backing.  At the top and bottom is a gray pattern, with a dark brown and pink print forming a narrower stripes, and a large section of solid light gray in the middle.



The backing doesn’t usurp the pretty fabrics on the front.



The binding is the same light gray fabric that shows up in the middle section of the backing.



Below, you can see that the three fabrics on the back of the quilt go with the quilt top even though the same prints are don’t appear on both sides.  That’s another advantage of scrappy quilts.



The fabrics look soft enough for a baby quilt, don’t they?



This puffy quilt seems bulky, but it is very light weight.  That will be just right for year-round Florida weather.



The next stop is the washing machine where the stray thread bits and other detritus will disappear.  And then into a box for mailing from Dallas to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida.  A new gal is expected to arrive at the end of September, and then another in October (the residence is very small so new arrivals have to wait until someone completes the 6- or 12-month long program).


Heather’s quilt will be a cherished possession of a young lady at the House of Hope.  The love put into every stitch is what makes it a treasure.







8 thoughts on “Charity Quilt Finish by Cheryl and Heather”

  1. What a lovely quilt. Gentle colours brought to life with that beautiful quilting. The puffy effect just makes the quilt and draws the eye to the pretty colours and different fabrics.

  2. I never really work that much with pastels, but this quilt could make me change my mind. Beautiful color selection, and I have to comment on the ironing – it really is perfect. It shows off the great matching seams. Excellent job everyone!

  3. Cheryl – your quilting makes this sing! Such a beautiful job. This pattern is called ‘Bonnie Lass’. from Jen Kingwell. It is in her book – Quilt Lovely. I up sized the strips to 2 1/2″ to accommodate left over jelly roll strips. This is an everything goes scrap quilt and is super fast and easy. Much love to the ladies at House of Hope.

  4. Valerie Boudier

    Lovely quilt, I was taught that pattern in a workshop using jelly rolls – it was advertised as a pinwheel quilt

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