Community Quilts from Karin

We have a scrap basket of great quilts all finished by Karin today. Enjoy the show!!

Karin writes:
I have three to share with you today. First up we have I-Spy bricks, which I am relatively sure originated with the amazing Cresco ladies.

It was a top and the most recent batch you sent to me. I quilted it with my special Glide presser foot to make sure that no seams or snagged and the long arm could literally glide over all the seams and intersections. I used a double bubble and loop motif, just meandering and making sure I touch each piece of fabric. I used silver thread on the top and ecru on the bobbin to match the backing, which was nothing more than a sheet left over from my neighbor’s yard sale a year ago.

Just for fun, when I flipped the back to the front to make the binding, I sewed it down in a wide zigzag using a variegated green and blue. There were so many different fabrics in here, ranging from Christmas to princess to Batman, to geometric to floral and all manner of solid colors, this quilt is sure to keep a little one busy looking for hours and hours. Surely it put a dent in somebody’s script bin.  It finished up at a good size 46×60 inches.

This amazing flimsy came to me, directly from Connie R of Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin.

She used a flat rate medium box that was absolutely bulging on all sides with all manners of fabric and this top and backing. I kid you not when I say that box was bulging. I don’t know how it passed the scrutiny of the mail service, I know they don’t like it when you stuff more in a box than it can hold, surely she was pushing the envelope, lol.

The top itself is comprised of well over a hundred nine patch squares set on point, and accented by dark red setting triangles. Each nine patch was made up of cream and brown squares or red and cream squares and then they were all set on point, in rows.

Connie included the backing which was a gold plaid. Interestingly, she made the binding, but she forgot to include it in the box, according to the card she sent me separately. Oddly enough, when Quilting was finished and it was time to find the edges, I forgot she had sent the binding, so I used my usual trick of flipping the back to the front and zigzagging it down.

Now I have a good size piece of binding for the next quilt that doesn’t have enough backing to do that. Sorry, Connie, I’m forgetful too apparently. Each one of these blocks was exquisitely pieced and not a single intersection was off by even a thread. I studied the quilt for a while before deciding that this quilt needed rows of wavy feathers. I was able to quilt it left to right, then travel down to the next row and quilt it right to left.

When I was all done with the body of the quilt I changed my thread color from deep gold to a dark red and quilted three loops into each setting triangle. The quilt finished up at 44 by 50 inches.

I think this quilt top was another one that originated with the Cresco ladies; my sincere apologies to its creator if that is not the case. I let the fabrics in this one speak to me, and since the prints were all floral with a lot of green, I was able to quilt vines and leaves in an all-over design. I wanted to practice my circles so I did adjoining circles in the narrows stop border, wishbones in the green beehive border and swirls in the outermost border. I used gray thread on top and in the bobbin too. It seems to take on the color of whatever fabric it passes over, and just blends right in. The backing and binding for this charming quilt came from Linda W, in Williamstown New York, a couple of years ago. (!!!)

These three finish quilts, and three others that I *think* you have already seen we’re taken to the fire department today. As always, they were most grateful to receive them. They are always amazed and humbled, as am I, at how so many people from all over the country get together to benefit our local citizens in crisis.

In other matters, do you remember the purple bird quilt that Annie made and sent to me to gift to Marion at the old age home? I have heard it through the grapevine, that she was absolutely over the moon with that gift and was stopping all the caregivers in their tracks to come in to her room to look at and fondle it. Yes, fondle it. She doesn’t see very well, as you may recall, but she uses her finger to trace the stitches and feel the buttery soft flannel that Annie so graciously supplied. She keeps asking who it is that brings her such treasures, so I guess at some point we will have to announce ourselves. (Jo here. If you missed the post with the Annie/Marion/Karin story, find it HERE.)

There is absolutely no way I would be able to complete these quilts without your help Jo, and the help of all the people who donate time, skills, and money to make it all happen. I am always overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion of your blog readers and followers.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart and tips of my fingers!

Karin…you outdid yourself again!! I love them all. I agree with you Karin…we would never be able to send out so much love through our quilts if it wasn’t for the amazing blog readers who make tops, provide supplies, and help with postage money. It’s so great!!

6 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Karin”

  1. So much work has gone into the making of these beautiful quilts from everyone involved, for such a good cause.

  2. Karin finished all of these beautiful donations with great skill and care. Many are joining a 9-patch trend in quilts lately, carrying on a great quilt tradition. Connie’s is beautiful on-point, really eye-catching! Thanks to all these quilters for their amazing work!

  3. Such beautiful quilts!! I want to say thank you to your quilters/longarmers who send write-ups about the quilts they have finished and donated. It is great to be able to read what threads they chose and why, what quilting pattern they chose and why, etc. I am constantly learning something! I don’t make many quilts, so decisions like what color thread to use on top, what to use on bottom, etc…can slow me down!! It’s all so helpful!

  4. Very lovely quilts! I am sure they will be treasured when needed. Thank you, Karin, and the creators of these quilts!

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