Anita’s Arrowhead Quilts for Elizabeth House

I was having lunch with my dear friend Carin last November when she began to tell me of a quilting project her area group was working on. They were making quilt tops, but their plan for having them quilted wasn’t going as hoped. Carin hesitated to ask, but she wanted to know if I would do one or two. When she told me that the destination for these quilts was Elizabeth House (a local hospice), I said I would do all six. I think it is important to give back to your community when you can, and this was something I could do.

The quilts were all in the same block design, a really neat trick published by Quiltmaker magazine. The pattern called Anita’s Arrowhead is available at their website – here – as a free download with instructions. Go get this now, as it is only going to be available for a limited time.

Carin dropped off the tops, batting and backing just after Thanksgiving. All the quilt tops were different colors, so I thought I would use some different quilt designs based on the color, and I had just purchased six new pantographs. My mother in law was visiting at the time, and her favorite color is purple, so I loaded that one first. It spoke to me wanting the new grape design pantograph that I had just received called Vineyard by Threadsongs. So, it got that.



The red one just seemed destined to have hearts.


So I used the pantograph Hearts a Flutter by Intelligent Quilting.


The green one was quilted with a floral design pantograph called Rhapsody by Willow Leaf Studio.  Somehow I have lost the pic of the quilting.


This blue and beige was done with a pantograph called Fantasia by Lorien Quilting.



This mostly brown one was just perfect for the pantograph Woodgrain by Threadsongs.


This pantograph is one of my favorites. It is called Plumeria Garden by Intelligent Quilting.  It quilts out with a nice density and really flattens out wavy piecing if needed.  This quilt was perfectly flat, including the borders, and was a delight to quilt.



Here’s the back so you can see it more clearly.


Carin picked those up, and brought one more. It received a circular design with swirls called Fascination from Lorien Quilting.


I was happy to do this quilting, and it felt good to be able to do something for my community.  The ladies of Area 9 of the WNC Quilt Guild did a wonderful job piecing and finishing the quilts.

Carin sent me this picture of the quilts she took with her phone when they were delivered to a happy staff at Elizabeth House.


How do you give back to your community?

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9 thoughts on “Anita’s Arrowhead Quilts for Elizabeth House

  1. Quilts of Valor, We Care quilts, Raffle quilt for AAUW, WNCQG raffle quilts, Scholarship Raffle Quilt, community quilts, Linus quilts habitat for humanity quilts, Rain and shine quilt

  2. The quilts are so beautiful. As of now, my quilting is only for family and friends. My giving back to the community is through volunteering at the local Humane Society–I LUV dogs!

  3. orchidlover

    Great quilts and I love the quilting you’ve done on them. Really suits the colours and pattern xxx

  4. Giving back for us is taking care of the smallest kids of families who need cut rate quality day care. We charge about half of what everyone around us charges and we only take on one or two at a time so as to give them all the attention they can need or soak up as the day goes by. Our families are precious to us and we know that what we do helps them in so many ways.

    We also run a free wireless internet provider service for our small (450 unit, 17 acre) housing complex. We’re self-governed and a National Historic Site and my family’s contribution is the hardware necessary to cover the space with free Wi-Fi for our many families who are below the poverty line and also we pay the monthly charge to the Internet Service Provider.

    Thank you for asking what it is that each of us does to contribute something back into the communities we live in. We all certainly use the resources of whatever group is our home: we drive on the roads, use electricity, water and sewage, go to the hospitals when needed, utilize all the parks and recreational facilities–these are all a result of community cooperation. The playgrounds foster cooperation that allows competition.

    Sincerely, Lynda

    Again and again Some people in the crowd wake up. They have no ground in the crowd They emerge according to broader laws. They carry strange customs with them, and demand room for bold gestures. The future speaks ruthlessly through them.

    ~ ~ Rainer Marie Rilke

  5. Carole, that’s such a great way to give back to the community and I love that you chose a different panto for each one. They all look great laid out at their destination. My way of giving back to the community is volunteering my time to an organization called Give Kids the World ( They provide cost-free fantasy vacations for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. I also make wish pillows for them to give to each child that stays with them.

  6. I volunteer my longarm quilting services to help finish quilts for our local Project Linus chapter. So fun! I especially love the woodgrain panto. and it fit that quilt perfectly didn’t it!

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