Community Quilts from Ray

I tell you all I love getting emails from Ray.  It’s so true.  Read this post and you’ll see that the emails are always filled with happy, quilty, goodness.

Ray writes:
I finished one of the Cresco ladies’ sampler quilts that they sent me earlier this year. They never cease to amaze me.

As I was long arming the quilt, I had time to look at the quilt in a bit more detail. That is when I discovered that several of the blocks had been cut down to a smaller size to get them to fit in the size needed for the quilt, Amazingly they did not take away from the original blocks. I never would have thought to do that. These ladies definitely know what they are doing. Nothing like experience.

I found the blue floral fabric for the backing in the stash from Deb and Pat in FL.

What a blessing to have that resource to go to!! Thanks, Deb and Pat.

I decided to use a stipple motif for the quilting and bone-colored thread.

Oh my!! Love it! My continued thanks to you, the Cresco ladies, Deb and Pat, Never could have done it without your support.

Finished up this cute, little quilt that I received from… Katy P. in WI. It is a flannel quilt with various construction type prints.

It is small, 36 x 36, but ideal for a baby boy blanket.

I found some flannel in my stash to use on the back and selected the circle meander motif with white thread for the quilting.

I think it is absolutely adorable. My thanks to you and Katy for your assistance in making this baby blanket a reality.


I just finished putting the binding on another QOV quilt. This is another one for my church for a service in November.

Making these quilts really makes you feel so good. They did so much for us. It is the least we can do for them. This is a modification of the Porch Rails pattern. I found a 24 count red, white, and blue jelly roll on sale. Selected a feature fabric and started in. This is a really quick and easy quilt to make and looks great.

I used white thread with the star meander quilting motif.

I even found some blue star fabric for the backing.

My thanks to all of you for the inspiration to make another QOV.


I just finished this adorable, little quilt from Julierose H. in CT.

I am a bit hesitant to describe the quilt. To me, it appears to be a snowball block with sashing. Regardless it really shows off the centers of the blocks. When I look at it, I get an oriental feel, especially with the teapots.

I was at a loss as to what to use for quilting and finally decided to go with the stipple motif and off-white thread.

I also found an off white fabric from Deb and Pat in FL for the backing.

That all sounds boring but it definitely allows the quilt to take center stage. Thanks to you, Julierose, Deb, and Pat for another great quilt finish and donation.

That was four quilts for Ray.  I wanted to tell you all the Ray has burned through a roll of batting and the charity quilt fund that many of you who have donated through bought Ray another roll of batting.  Thanks so much to all of you who donate.  So many quilts, including these happen because of you, Ray and the wonderful people who donate tops!!  THANKS!!




11 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Ray”

  1. Hi, Ray I think the quilt you described as snowballed blocks with sashing was Pat Sloan’s April “Stay at home” quilt along, you made one block every day. It was last year when we couldn’t really get out so the idea was to use your stash. You do great work. Thank you!

  2. Beautiful quilts. I like the simplicity of the QOV quilt. The quilting is perfect for each one too. Thanks to all who made these quilts so some dear little person would be touched.

  3. Excellent! Thanks for sharing these examples of the generosity of Ray and those who have donated tops and fabric. Love that you are able to facilitate the fund to purchase the batting to help out!

  4. hi Jo – I am a longarmer willing to receive tops or donations. I followed the link on the donations page and put in my information. If you have tops you need to pass off, let me know. my contact is kat525252 at yahoo dot com. I live in North Carolina. Kathleen

  5. Margaret in North Texas

    Ray, you continue to create the magic to finish these tops into wonderful donations! Thanks to those who supply you with beautiful tops to quilt on. I like the quilts that a simple meander pattern seems to be the perfect choice!

  6. Anita L Jackson

    Great that Ray is so quick in getting these completed to send on to a final owner! I am longing for more time to work on mine! Tell Ray thank you for setting such great standards!

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