Community Quilts from Karin

I have emails from Karin to share with you today.  I think with winter here, she’s had lots of time for quilting.

Karin writes:

I have 4 quilts to share with you today…

First up, we have this adorable jungle theme; according to the pinned label, it is from Sue Anderson, Int’l Falls, MN.

I’m guessing it’s pretty cold there, so I won’t tell her we had record heat waves while this one was on the frame.  I just loved the new border motif I found, it was soooo easy and quick to do! I used simple meandering loops in the middle, and before I knew it, it was all done!

I just love the strip Sue put on the back to make it work!!

This one finished up at 44×46. I used gold thread on top and a light gray in the bobbin.

This one had been…

in the pile for quite some time now.  I believe you sent it to me a year ago?

I wanted to wait till my skills were good enough to quilt it appropriately and give it the love it deserved.

I used a gold thread on top, lime green in the bobbin, and quilted feathers in the green and simply accented the sunflower petals, stems and leaves with some thread sketching.  I practiced my cursive by just going over the saying.

Piano keys finished off the pieced border.  It finished up at 46×52.

Jo, you will recognize that plaid, I’m sure, as it was leftover from a batch of backing yardage you sent while I was still in Texas!

And I found some perfectly coordinating sunflower fabric just languishing in the closet, that I bought many years ago, when I was making casserole carriers and selling them at campground craft shows!  I know it’s happy to see the light of day again! And I’m happy to use it up!

I think this happy little lap quilt was courtesy of Susan McC, from Austin, TX.  Either she, or the Cresco ladies, and I apologize that I can’t remember which shelf I got it from.  Either way, the backing came with it, and reminds me of sherbert! I used a pale pink thread on top, which turned a peachy color and blended in nicely, and a dark pink thread in the bobbin, which made the quilting stitches show up nicely on the back.

Hook and feather flowers and big loops made quilting quick, even tho the quilt was 40 x 50.

To round it all out, we have a Cresco ladies special, reading page panels made into a quilt! Come count along with me!!  Fish, frogs, lions, penguins, monkeys, turtles, my favorite, geckos! All in bright happy colors!
I used lime green thread on top (why not?! No matter what i used, it was gonna show!) and the same lime green in the bobbin (again, why not? No matter what I used, it WASN’T gonna show, lol!).

I really was stumped for a quilting motifs, so I figured I would just pull out a new arc ruler and practice using it. I also practiced putting some extra swirls inside the border feather plumes and really like the way they turned out.

The backing for this one came from an old friend (well, we’ve been friends a long time, she’s not really that old!) from North Carolina.  She knew we have this village quilting thing going on and she brought me some pieces she knew would never get used at her house.  I think she had gotten this one from the free table at her guild meeting. This quilt finished up at 36 x 48.

Thank you all, ladies, from the bottom of my heart.  I really enjoy getting to play with all the different fabric and colors, and its makes me happy to see the firemens’ eyes light up as they take a stack of quilts from me.  

Blessings to you all, K”

That was an awesome bunch of quilts.  I just think they all turned out great.  I think Karin’s quilting really makes the quilts shine.  It’s so fun to read all the places the quilt tops come from and see that they landed in Florida with Karin.  Many thanks to the quilt tops makers.  You are the start of this!!  Your help is invaluable.





3 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Karin”

  1. Very nice quilts and quilting. I particularly liked the “You are My Sunshine”! Thanks Karin and the ones who made them!

  2. Margaret in North Texas

    Karin, your quilting motifs and finishing really is beautiful. I’m sure those who receive these will have a smile on their face. Thanks to you and those who contributed in every way!

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