This community quilt edition shows quilt tops made by Susie in Richardson, Texas. Susie is a blog reader who lives near Cheryl in Dallas, so she delivered a stack of quilts directly to Cheryl — they met at a local quilt store, of course. I’m showing here the first two quilts that were completed.
Susie’s first quilt top gets loaded onto the longarm. This is the “floating” method of quilting, the end of the quilt and batting are not attached to rollers. But won’t that excess fabric get in the way of the quilter. . . ?
No. . . just kick the excess fabric under the quilting frame.
It looks like Susie got her inspiration for the colors in her top from the border fabric. The circles show up in so many beautiful colors. Susie has a good eye for coordinating the colors and patterns. Don’t you love her color combination?
This block shows the use of gray polka dots with a teal fabric. The border fabric is gray (it looks black in this picture.)
The inspiration for the quilt pattern came from the quilt top itself. Many quilters I know let the quilt top tell them how to quilt it. This digital quilt pattern is “Circle Play” designed by Patricia E. Ritter, and it’s available at Urban Elementz.
If you quilt tops for yourself or others, how do you pick the quilt pattern? Let me know in the comments below.
Susie’s quilt is 76” x 97,” which is just right for a twin bed.
The backing is a peach-colored sheet that came from Cheryl’s stash. Can you see how she used a variety of bindings to finish the quilt? Pink, green, blue, and purple remnants from the leftover binding’s basket.
Susie’s second top is…
another unusual color combination. Olive, orange, and teal! I’m calling this the Black Bird Quilt.
Blackbirds show up on the olive fabric. You can see several patterns here: stars with the olive fabric, stars with the orange fabric, and 4-patches with teal and white. There’s so much going on, and I think it’s a great combination.
The digital quilt pattern shown on the computer screen is “Celtic Braid” by Patricia R. Ritter. You can find this one at Urban Elementz, too.
Now if only someone would come up with a way to quilt blackbirds on a top!
This small quilt is 44” x 44.” The size and colors will be suitable for a girl or boy. I’m sure a child will love it.
Cheryl wrote me that she didn’t have solid-colored fabric that would match this quilt, so she took an unusual step of using white binding.
A white sheet was used for the backing.
Both of these Texas-made quilts were sent to Oregon for families that lost their houses in fires that swept through the Echo Mountain area on Labor Day 2020.
Thanks, Susie and Cheryl, for sharing your quilts with us. They will bring a bit of cheer to people who lost everything when their houses burned to the ground.