I have a wonderful quilt to share with you from Cheryl. It’s a pretty one for sure. Cheryl said she was tempted to keep it as it turned out so nice and I couldn’t agree more.
This gorgeous community quilt top was made by that most prolific quilter: Ms. Anonymous. Such a busy gal! I received this quilt top from you a while ago (not going into details about the date!), and I’ve finally completed this beauty that will surely become a family heirloom.
Look at the detail in this house. I wonder if it was paper pieced because it is so detailed and accurate.
Or perhaps you’d prefer a nice barn. I know that barns are traditionally red in color. I was born in Mississippi, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red barn there. How about your area of Iowa? Is red a predominant color for barns where you live? Just wondering.
These pears are on the side. So cute!
This plump chicken is on the opposite side.
Each corner has a matching flower.
The original quilt top was 61” x 62”. But, you know my motto “The only good quilt is a bed-size quilt.” I thought about how to make the top grow, and finally decided to add multiple borders. The top and bottom got four borders, and the sides got two additional borders.
Yeah, the joy of working with scrappy projects: I had plenty of fabric that “kinda” matched the fabric already in the quilt top. I pulled a bunch of yellows and reds and found some that would work. Mind you, much of my fabric stash came from donations or yard sales, so these colors must be popular with other quilters, too.
Here you can see all four borders at the top of the quilt. The first border is a yellow and white tiny print, then a wider yellow and white row, next triangles set on the diagonal, and lastly, a red print.
See these red squares set on point? I had the absolute worst time with them. I invented the wheel again by coming up with my own method of making them with the white background. Oh, my! I made every mistake possible. After I finished these borders, I looked up this block on-line (so many tutorials available), and discovered several correct methods of sewing this block — none of which I stumbled on while I was fiddling around. Next time, I’ll be smarter and avoid all the problems I invented.
At last the top was ready to be loaded on the longarm. See that roll of batting in the background? I adhere to the “prop it up in the corner to get it out of the way” philosophy. I really need help from a Quilt Room Designer to improve the looks of this room.
Below, you can see the two new side borders, using only the red squares on-point and the solid red border.
This top was quilted with “Flower Power,” an edge to edge design available at www.urbanelementz.com.
Quilting all finished and on display in a Texas backyard. The grown up quilt is now 78” x 94”, which is very generous for a twin-size quilt. Maybe it will be used as a bedspread. Another reason I’m drawn to this quilt is that yellow and red is my favorite color combination. The first quilt I made was a yellow and red log cabin.
I love all the details in the pretty red barn, which is apparently not located in Mississippi.
I used fabric donated by a local quilter to make the backing and binding. Some of this red fabric was used in the new borders.
This quilt will go to Luke’s Closet, which distributes household goods to students at Dallas Theological Seminary. Although I’m tempted to keep this one, I promise I won’t do that.
Thanks to Anonymous Quilter for such a wonderful top! It was fun collaborating with AQ. I trust the love that went into this project will bless the recipient for a long time to come.
Wow. Isn’t that an awesome quilt!! Cheryl always tells such a great story to go along with them too. THANKS, Cheryl and thanks to the Anonymous Quilter. The top is awesome!!
On a side note. I know many of you remember that Cheryl has been battling a return of cancer. Several of you have asked how she is doing. Cheryl shared in her note that she has graduated to having checkups every two months. That’s great news!! Many thoughts, prayers, and good vibes are welcome for Cheryl to continue to have success.