A friend sent me an email a few weeks ago with a picture of a row quilt, and wanted some advice on adding some borders. She said the quilt was long and narrow, made from a kit, and she wanted to expand it to make it bed size. Then amazingly, she said she wanted it to go to the Hurricane Project. The amount of work that went into this was astounding, and I was delighted to offer to quilt it for her.
The beautiful piecing and appliqué was done by Patti Votruba. She brought the top, backing and Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting for the project. I loaded it with this orientation as it made the backing seam parallel to the leaders.
With a red toile backing, the best color for the thread was red.
The dark red color brings a bit of pattern to the background while allowing the piecing to shine.
I like the way it looks on the appliqué section too. The pantograph is Floating Clouds by Urban Elementz. Her needleturn applique is outstanding.
Glide thread on top in dark red, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Quilting along smoothly, when I was startled by the sudden stop in the middle of a row. As I am quilting from the back of the machine, I have to stop and go around to see what the problem is. It was a patch that had come undone, and the foot went under it.
I held the edge down, and did a topstitch over the edge of the patch to hold it down. Then I just continued stitching. There is a little loop in the stitching here, but it will not be noticeable unless closely inspected.
Advancing the quilt again, I continued the quilting.
The hopping foot stepped nicely over the appliques.
Arrgh, then the bobbin thread jumped out of the tension. Luckily I caught this pretty quickly, only a small section was messed up. Thankfully, it was quick to take out and restitch.
All done, the pantograph is a nice softening circular pattern to the sharp angles in the flying geese, stars and baskets.
I trimmed the excess batting and backing.
With the excess backing, I made the binding, and machine stitched it to the quilt.
Here it is finished. I do like the way the quilting accents the applique. It got a label, and was added to the pile in the guest room to await transport.
I have updated FAQ page to answer a new frequently asked question about how the quilts are distributed and where the quilts are going. Who will receive the quilts? As of March 2019, donated quilts have been given out in the Catholic Charities office when people apply for assistance in person, at homes when recipients receive furniture through the charity’s partner non-profits, and at distribution events for those in FEMA trailers (the FEMA trailers just started rolling out in March 2019 as TSA was ending and families had to vacate the hotels in the area). The Catholic Charities office serves a 6 county area, so they’ve distributed to affected communities within Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender counties. If you know someone needing help in those counties, please have them contact the Catholic Charities office in Wilmington.
One other announcement, due to the apparent lack of interest for the Teacups Quilt Along, I think I will wrap it up next time. It appears that there are only a couple of quilters actually doing it, and the comments are almost nil. I had several more blocks in mind, but it is a lot of work to do the patterns and the pdf downloads if there isn’t enough real interest. If you are still interested in having more teacup quilt along patterns and ideas, please leave a comment on the Teacups Quilt Along Block 9 post. I’ll make a final decision in a few days. The Teacups Quilt Along will continue for several more months, thank you for all your support!!
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