Today’s community quilt came to me from an anonymous quilter. I received several tops from this person, and what a treat it was to see each one. As you can tell from the pictures, Anonymous Quilter is an excellent seamstress — each corner is matched perfectly, no stray threads, all seams were neatly pressed. Anonymous Quilter used coordinating charm squares and maybe some jelly rolls for the sashing and borders. I don’t recognize this line of fabric, but maybe someone can identify the designer and manufacturer (or maybe Anonymous will provide those details, anonymously, of course).
I forwarded today’s quilt top to Cheryl in Dallas because it is 78” x 92” and she makes bed size quilts. Cheryl sent lots of pictures of her process to finish this quilt.
The workmanship on this top was so precise that it lays on the quilt frame perfectly flat, no wrinkles, no waves, no ripples. This is a longarmer’s dream.
Look at these strawberries! Which is your favorite color scheme?
(A) Strawberries on Lovely Yellow
(B) Strawberries on Gorgeous Gray
(C) Strawberries on Sunny Orange
Cheryl in Dallas used a strawberry pattern — what else? — to quilt this top.
The computer that runs the longarm shows the strawberry pattern on the screen. The digital pattern is called Strawberry Fields by Patricia Ritter. It is available at Urban Elementz. It looks like someone is watching SEC football while the machine is running.
It’s always a victory to get to the last quilting row. Then on to trimming and binding.
And the reveal on the backyard fence.
And a close up of the cute little charm squares.
Cheryl in Dallas said she had to ponder for a while on the choice of binding for Anonymous’s quilt top. She didn’t have matching fabric, nor any solids that appeared in the quilt, so . . . this orange stripe was chosen. I think it looks pretty good as the only stripe in the quilt.
The backing started out as two sheets. This is a quick way to make a backing big enough for this generous twin size quilt, just cut the dark fabric approximately in half (no need to measure it). Insert the light fabric between the two dark pieces. Start quilting.
You can see that the backing is not a perfect match for the green that Anonymous Quilter used, but it’s close and goes well with the binding fabric.
You can see the strawberry quilting motif better on the solid backing. It’s a detail that only a quilter will notice.
This quilt is going to Oregon for victims of the September wildfires in the Echo Mountain Complex area. I hope it finds a home with a strawberry lover, or maybe someone who is captured by these soft colors. Good work, Cheryl in Dallas and Anonymous Quilter. Although the quilt recipient won’t know your names, that person will know someone loves them enough to make this beautiful quilt.
I love seeing these quilts finished and off to someone in need. This is a cheery quilt I am sure it will be loved!! THANKS!!
9 thoughts on “Community Quilt from Cheryl and Anonymous”
Beautiful work by Anonymous Quilter and Cheryl in Dallas. The strawberry panto by Urban Elementz is a perfect choice for the quilt.
Aww it is a sweet quilt! So glad it’s going to fire victims, I sent one there too. So thankful all these donations come together for a beautiful gift.
Flat and square? Definitely a longarmer’s dream! :o))
Nice job, Cheryl and Anonymous Quilter!
Thanks for sharing, Jo.
Gorgeous quilt by both of them and of course your quilting!
Love and prayers
Love the binding –this is a beautiful quilt. It will make someone very happy!!
Could the fabric line be one of Fig Trees early ones? I believe she had one called Strawberry Fields.???
Beautiful quilt. I have a question about sheets for backings. I helped my mom shop for 100% cotton sheets with a lower thread count for her backings. Her quilters never had a problem. But as I started quilting on my own, I started reading that sheets were a no-no.
I’ve noticed that many long armers will not quilt a flimsy if a sheet is used as backing. One article said it was because of the higher thread counts. So if a lower thread count is used, is that OK? I’m not sure I really understand the whole yes- sheets, no-sheets theories.
The strawberry quilting is fabulous!
What a lovely quilt top and adding the strawberries on the top was perfect. Great finish and I know the lucky recipient will love it also
Love the quilting and binding pulling the quilt together. It’s adorable and the recipient will love it. There’s so much need with those wildfire victims. I’m happy to see it’s going there.