California Fire Quilts Update

Picking up on the fire quilts, I have made quite a bit of progress since the last update. Here is where I left off, after the stitch-rip fiasco.  The first quilt was finally quilted, and I took it off the frame.

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I had a wide-width remnant left over from a previous quilt that I thought would look nice.  So, I made the binding and stitched it on with a quarter-inch seam to preserve the points on the blocks.

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Then it went to the den for handwork during football games and other TV shows in the evenings.  I worked on it a little each evening.  I really do enjoy this kind of handwork, but this was a big quilt!

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Meanwhile, the gorgeous blue backing from Backside Fabrics was loaded as the first step to quilting the next one.  I like to have something going on more than one area so I can work on one thing for a while then go to something else as I get tired of standing or my neck needs a rest from looking down at the pantograph.  The best is when I have something in the piecing stage, a quilt on the longarm, and a handwork project for evenings and weekends.

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Quilting went along pretty well until the end, where the bobbin ran out, and the thread jumped a guide that I didn’t notice, so I had to do a bit of ripping again.  DH was very helpful again, and we got it done pretty fast.

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I used one of my favorite pantographs, Fascination by Lorien.  It has lovely flowing curves that are fast to do.  I used the exact same thread combination as last time, Essentials pearl grey on top, Aurifil in the bobbin.   Batting is Warm and Natural.

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Trimming the quilt, I had plenty of fabric left to do the binding.  I needed 370 inches to bind this large quilt.  Cutting along the long side of the wide backing meant only four pieces to stitch together to get almost 400 inches, more than enough.

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This time I decided to do a completely machine attached binding.  I went with a 2-1/4-inch width binding, folded in half, and stitched with a quarter-inch seam so it wouldn’t cut the points off the blocks as there isn’t any border on this one either.

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I folded the binding to the back, snugging it to cover the attachment seam with a bit of overage, and stitched the edge down very close to the fold.

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Because of the size of the binding and using a quarter-inch attachment, the result is an even line of stitching inside the binding edge on the top side, which I found nicely acceptable.

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I had the binding made, attached, and finished off in a single morning.

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The blue really sets off the saturated colors of the blocks.

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So, this one was done in a jiffy  Here’s a corner close-up of the quilting and binding.

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A couple more overall finish views, do you see one of your blocks?

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From a different direction, the dark points down, looks like a different quilt, doesn’t it!

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After a few evenings of stitching and one Sunday stitching day, the first quilt is also finished.

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This one will go to my neighbor’s son who will pick it up in a couple of weeks.  Remember, he is one who lost his home and everything in it in the Santa Rosa fire.  Thank you for letting me give him one of these quilts.  I think helping people that have been affected by devastation from fire cannot be limited to just one fire.  California has just had so much to deal with this year and the Ventura Guild is overwhelmed with the need for just the Thomas Fire victims.

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If you are seeing this for the first time, you can find the Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design pattern at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE.  If you have blocks you haven’t sent yet, the Ventura Guild is collecting them at least through June.  Their goal is 500 quilts, and if you would like to make some now and send them, they would appreciate the help.

So, we have two completed quilts, one more to quilt, and one more flimsy to make to send, and this project will be done.  Because of the event coming up beginning Wednesday, I won’t get back to this until the end of the month.  The first shipment will go out this week, and then there will be one more shipment later.  Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this project!!

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26 thoughts on “California Fire Quilts Update

  1. Donna Weeks

    Loved reading this post. Yes, I did see some of my blocks. So glad that you are spreading the joy of quilting and the comfort that quilts bring.

  2. Gorgeous quilts, Carole, congratulations on all the hard work and for organising the Block Drive. I love the blue fabric you have for the backing, such a jewel-like shade. I agree, it was a perfect choice for the binding too, makes the quilt sparkle.

  3. Susan Chandler

    Have you used glue sticks to the folded binding then ironing it down until you sewit down? How did you get it so tidy with just the 1/4” foot?

  4. Helen Glover

    That is so pretty. I see a lot of hope stitched into that quilt. God bless you all for sharing your skills in a time of hopelessness. And God bless those who receive them!

  5. All of these quilts are absolutely beautiful, including the freemotion quilting designs, but I’m also in love with that swirl motif. I’m sure whomever receives these quilts will find much needed comfort. Bless you.

  6. Carole, the quilts are stunning. So many blocks made by different people all coalesce into one gorgeous quilt- unique and functional! Great job, Carole- all your hard work really shines!

  7. Hi Carole,
    This has been so fun to read about as these block turned into quilt tops and finally quilts. I can’t even remember what my blocks looked like, but you sure have done a fabulous job with organizing all of this. That is so wonderful that you would undertake such a big task. Many blessings! ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. They are both lovely, Carole! You’re right, the blue binding really sets off the blocks nicely. I like the way your all-machine binding turned out, very neat and tidy. This quilt will possibly get a LOT of use, so a good sturdy binding is key! 🙂

  9. Phyllis Smith

    Hi There, Couldn’t help but remember the ole station wagon with the wooden sides on your quilt, what memories hat wil bring back to the person that gets that quilt. I’m aging myself here aren’t I ?

  10. Phyllis Smith

    Hello again, Remember when I asked you about making a quilt out of fleece, well my next e-mail was about making fleece blankets, etc. so guess what I’m doing, you guessed it. This was on Pinterest so I’m looking forward to finding something I can use up all this mess of scraps and material to give to some charitable group that can use them. Till later, remember to smile, even on rainy days.

  11. Jean

    It has been wonderful to see the finish of these quilts, and to know how wonderful you must feel to know that they are going to be dearly loved. Great job! -Jean💟

  12. Christine Sullivan

    What a beautiful quilt! I attach most bindings by machine, front & back. My quilts are usually used a lot, drug around by the granddaughter, slept on with the cat, etc. They get washed a lot! I appreciate the book reviews. I already had a library visit planned, and will be looking for “The Nightingale”.

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