Community Quilts from Karin

We are closing out this year on the blog with quilts from Karin. I can’t think of a better way to do it. Karin has been such a joy to work with and so talented too!!

Karen writes:

Good morning Jo, happy holidays to you all! I recently broke a couple of bones in my foot, so standing and walking in front of the longarm has been quite the challenge, therefore you hadn’t heard from me for a bit. But, I’m on the mend and I have three community quilt finishes to share with you today.

The first one, showing here, is a purple batik beauty from Betty B, in Cobden, IL. It is a rail fence block pattern that shows off each of the beautiful batik prints very nicely. She paired it with green, burgundy, blue and purple tone on tones that read as solid and give your eyes a nice resting spot between the printed strips.

I was able to bind it with some silvery blue that I had in the closet and I actually backed it with part of a cuddly and soft blanket that had been given to me by a friend who no longer needed it. For the holidays, we have adopted an indigent senior at a local assisted living center, and her favorite color is purple, so I was thrilled to be able to get this quilted in time for gifting to her for Christmas. I used navy blue thread on top and tan in the bobbin and quilted it with a very loose and loopy vine and leaf motif.

At 38×46, it is sized perfectly to throw over her lap and will be great to keep the chill off in the coming days. I know, because it was cold yesterday, but this quilt kept me nice and toasty as I hand stitched the binding on it. Thank you Betty, for helping me make this lady’s holiday a bit brighter and better.

Continuing our holiday parade, we have this interestingly pieced top from the Cresco ladies. I have never seen such an imaginative use of triangles and stripes. I never would have thought it would all work together, but obviously I have been proven wrong. The Cresco ladies do that a lot, lol. I was experimenting with loops and did opposing loops in each triangle and wishbones in the navy blue stripes in between and I did large swirly scrolls in the outer border. The cute teal/navy paddle fabric was generously donated by my local quilt shop, Beyond the Stitches. My very favorite fabric in this quilt top is the little bitty tossed giraffes, they are all sorts of colorful and they make me smile.

This quilt top finished up at 38×38 and will be going to the firehouse for delivery to a little one in need of comfort.

Rounding out our holiday parade is this heartwarming cheater panel made larger by the clever and talented Cresco ladies. They coordinated pale green and light blue fabrics and added borders to the simple panel, giving it additional size and details. The printed log cabin hearts were quilted with a large heart and a swirl on each side, giving it a really nice drape when finished. The swirls were carried into the light green borders, and I used a template to carry the hearts into the blue borders. The backing was another piece donated by my local quilt shop, Beyond the Stitches.

This quilt finished at 39×44 and I think I will bring it up to the senior center for another one of their residents to enjoy.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the people who helped me by way of donations and time and to you Jo, for all your coordinating efforts. It is definitely a generous and gifted community you have going on. Thank you all, Karin.

Oh my goodness…what great quilts! I always look at the nice custom work Karin does and wish I was as talented at the longarm. What a gift she has!!

…and that friends closes out the year 2023 here on the blog. Many thanks for sticking with me throughout this year. I very much appreciate it.

6 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Karin”

  1. Beautiful quilts for some soon to be happy recipients! Thank you, Karin, and the others who made these beautiful quilts. I enjoy getting ideas for simple, but stunning quilts like the stripes and triangles.

  2. Thanks for the quilt show! And many good wishes for a healthy, happy, quilty new year to you, Jo. Also to your family and blog friends.

  3. Beauties, one & all! You did a lovely job, Karin & I know the residents of the senior center will love & appreciate these. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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