When I started the hurricane project, my commitment was to do five queen size quilts from blocks sent in by readers. These two flimsys were next on the list for quilting. I did the one on the right, and another longarmer friend is quilting the one on the left for the project.
I loaded the flimsy on the longarm, using the fabulous backing from Backside Fabrics and more of the wonderful Hobbs 80/20 batting. I roll out the batting using the longarm for measuring.
Here’s where I muffed it. Without thinking it through, I loaded the top 90 degrees from the way I measured it. Usually I load the longest axis parallel to the bars, but this time the backing was a bit short for that, so I turned it with the shorter side parallel to the bars.
I used a pantograph that has lovely cloud-like forms.
The thread is a taupe Glide in the top with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
And I quilted happily along, not knowing what was coming.
Then I got to the bottom. Oh my!!
With just barely enough to reach the end edge, I pinned it down and hoped for the best, stay-stitching the edge in place.
Whew, it worked! All quilted and trimmed up. I bound it with the overage from the backing.
Finished and placed with the first two, this one is on the left in the picture below. Three queen size quilts are now completed, and will be on the way to Wilmington later in the month. Two issues have arisen that I want to address. Please be sure that your quilts are clean and free of cat and dog hair. I received one that I had to vacuum and then wash because it was dirty and covered in pet hair. Ultimately, I couldn’t send it to Wilmington, instead donating it to a shelter here. Second, please do not send commemorative or holiday quilts. It just isn’t an appropriate use of a breast cancer survivor quilt, or a t-shirt quilt of the places you’ve been, or a Christmas quilt. For those who have lost everything, let’s give them a quilt they can use everyday. Thank you for understanding.
With the size of the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, there is no way I could do this without help from friends. Most of what they have done has been behind the scenes, and today I’d like to recognize some of the ladies that have been so helpful. Local friends helping with top construction Sam VanSant, Bridget O’Malley, Bonnie Hartel, Gayle Jones, Mac and Claire Warner, Marti Sofi, Elaine Hudson, Karen Rhoads and Carin Rupp have been invaluable, getting all those hundreds of blocks made into tops. My original request for enough blocks to do 5 queen size quilts was more than exceeded!! We got enough for the 5 queens, plus 3 full size and a twin!!!
Donations of batting and backing from Susan Nixon, Judy Sanders and Bonnie Cunningham made it possible to get extra tops quilted from other designs made by friends. Local longarmers Mary Jo Leonard, MaryAnne Gilbert, Chryste Krause, and Rachel in Saluda have been a huge help. These two are in progress with local longarm friends Connie Yow and Laura Suich. Both are full size flimsys sent to me by friends who needed help with quilting.
Incredible monetary donations from Vicki Welsh, Linnie Middleton, Lesley Gilbert and Karla have made it possible for many longarmers to help quilt and ship tops made by readers. Because of the help, the longarm quilters were willing to quilt more than one top, and we are caught up with requests, at least for now! I am hoping for a great response in March when the project is part of Hands2Help. Thank you all for your help!! See the linked post on my sidebar if you need a top quilted, or you are a longarm quilter willing to help.
Our runner from Cary (Raleigh area) dropped these off recently, all from customers of Cary Quilting Company responding to their newsletter announcement. There were 15 quilts in this run!! Thank you to all who donated to this shop!!
They will be on their way to Wilmington on the 24th, along with twelve more collected at my house over the past couple of months. The ones on the top of each stack here were just delivered to me from the Modern Quilt Guild in Greenville, SC.
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Aren’t these quilts wonderful? What are you quilting now?