I was talking with Sandra from the Cresco Ladies group the other day and she said that she was working on binding a big pile of quilts. We got to talking and I asked her if she ever bound quilts by machine. She doesn’t. Then she went on to say that often tacking down the binding on a quilt might take 4-5 hours. Oh my. I heard that and then offered that I would finish a few for them.
Sandra said no…then her husband got sick and she gave in and said yes as the ladies are trying to reach a big goal to give away something crazy like 100 quilts.
What many of you don’t know is that besides all of the tops the Cresco ladies made donate here, they make and FINISH many more quilts. They have Donna that does a lot of the longarming for them to meet the local needs of the group. WOW right. If you are a long-term blog reader you know those ladies are cranking out quilt tops right and left…now imagine you’re only seeing a portion of what they are doing!!
Here are the quilts they made…my only contribution was to sew the binding down. I’m guessing this one is one of those 3-yard quilts. The premise of them is to take 3- 1 yard fabric cuts and make a top.
This one is so cute. Check out the puppy print.
Another cute dog print made the backing.
A celebration of half square triangles…and a couple of four patches.
See the four patch sprinkled into the mix.
I’m not positive but I think this might have originated from a blog reader’s leftovers. Does anyone recognize the pieces?
This one was pretty…I love this block.
Here is the backing…
…and a close-up of the top.
This is a fun one…maybe from orphan blocks? Maybe not. It turned out cute!
They put a scrappy binding on this one.
Next is a cute heart-themed quilt. The gals love working with panels. I sure love how this came together. Sandra said that she is often the one that works with the panels.
Donna used a big heart motif on the quilting.
Here is a better look at that.
I wonder if this next one is a 3-yard quilt as well.
The interlocking blocks are fun.
The last of the bunch is this one. I got a lot of Asian-style fabrics come in and I passed them on to the girls. I wonder if that is what inspired this top.
This design is a great use of the panel…
It was fun to be a part of these tops. I told Sandra that from now on I’ll take a few of the quilts and finish the binding on them if she wanted me to. I can’t imagine sitting for 4-5 hours stitching the binding down on one quilt. Sandra stitched the binding down the first time so all I needed to do was tack it down. That is doable. I sewed the binding down on all of these in 2 1/2 hours and that was doing it at a very leisurely pace.
So there you have it…Again, can you believe the ladies make and finish more tops than the ones you regularly see?? They are busy ladies doing much good in the world! I am so glad I’ve gotten to know them.