I’ve finally had a chance to get back to the Nine Patch Star that my friends are helping to make. We’ve had two sewing days to make the blocks and assemble the top, and then I started on the strips to add the borders. One of the sewing day ladies took a bunch of strips and sewed them together to make one of the borders. I laid out the strip and cut them to length.
I pinned it to the flimsy, and stitched it on.
I like the way it looks with the stars, but it needed just a bit more to make the size right.
I added a solid red border to the edges.
Loading it on the longarm, I checked to be sure I’d done the borders right. Yes, the bottom fold is straight.
All ready to begin quilting, I did need to do a bit of steaming. That was expected as we had so many different people and machines constructing the blocks.
Thread color was easy, King Tut variegated red with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
I used Warm and White batting, and one of my new pantographs.
It is called Pipeline designed by Patrica Ritter for Urban Elementz.
It did a wonderful job of flattening out some of the fullness.
I finished up the quilting in just a few sessions, and added a solid navy binding. Hand whipping the binding to the back is my favorite kind of hand work. It goes really fast while watching football games, even though the Panthers didn’t show up for the game last Sunday. You can see the neat backing fabric I got for this quilt, cream with red and blue goes nicely.
All finished, I put it on my guest bed for a final photo.
It will be sent to donation this week. Now I hope the Sew Day gals will come help assemble some of the many blocks coming in for the California Thomas Fire quilts.
I want to send special thanks to Jeanne S from St Augustine, IL for the blocks and generous donation to help with shipping costs, and Heidi K in Henderson NV for her lovely blocks. I didn’t have an email address to thank you with a personal note. Personal emails have been sent to Liz H in Mahwah, NJ and Shannon F in Durant OK for blocks also received on Tuesday. Wow, four packages the day after the long weekend, I am really grateful for the quick response. I know quilters are among the most generous people on earth, and it is proven again with this project. I’ll show you what I have been picking up at the post office soon, and I know even more is on the way!
In the meantime, save the third Friday of the month for the next Scrap Dance Mystery!
What are you working on this week?