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!!