This past week, I finished quilting a quilt destined for a family that has lost their home in the California fires in Santa Rosa. I was very happy to be a part of this project pieced by a friend, who knows the woman and her family. The quilt is a scrappy delight, with pinwheels, four-patches and solid blocks with a colorful border.
It is a lap size, so wouldn’t take long to finish quilting.
Yes, I did fold it up, because I know my friend and her piecing is precision done and the borders are always applied right. No surprise here, the fold is straight.
She chose a gold to brown variegated thread by King Tut called Sandstorm.
The batting she brought was by Pellon, a polyester batting with a higher loft than I usually use. I have to say that I did like the nice definition it gave to the quilting.
She chose a pantograph with a feather-like design called “Feelin’ Groovy” by Michelle Wyman for Heart and Soul Quilts. It has curves and swirls to soften the many angles in the piecing design.
I wanted to show you how she did her pinwheel seams, as it greatly reduced the bulk in the corners.
First of all, she pressed all the seams open.
Then she ‘spun’ the point center. Do this by picking out the few stitches to the edge and pressing the four edges down in four directions. Do you spin your seams like this? Ever press seams open?
You can see the puffiness in the quilting here from the higher loft batting. The variegated color of the thread adds a bit of fun and dimension.
I hope that the recipient enjoys it, and that her home is restored soon.
My sincerest wishes go to the families that have lost everything in the terrible fires. I hope this gift from her friend will help her healing. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and a time to be grateful for our home, family, friends and many blessings.
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