With another QOV presentation coming up in July, I thought it would be a good time to pull out some orphan blocks that were sent to me. I know some of these came from dear reader friend Melanie T. I think some also came from another reader, but I cannot remember who – Phyllis D, was it you? Anyway, I had 10, so all I had to do was come up with two more. I actually had the one in the top right, the red and white star, from a Moda event. So all I really needed to do was make the nine patch in the lower right.
I laid them out on a big design board that I put over the quilt that was on the longarm at the time. I had these two fabrics to add, as the blocks alone wouldn’t be large enough for the size requirement.
I thought the lighter looked better for sashing, and added 3-inch wide sashing between the blocks. I made rows of blocks with sashing between, then did the measure and cut method to add long strips between the rows.
I pressed it and laid it on the floor to be sure it was flat.
The next border was a medium blue for contrast.
Then the outer border was the barn red. This brought the size up to 60×72.
Loaded on the longarm, I was ready to quilt.
I folded up the bottom to check my own borders. It looked good. I reached over it to grab the camera and didn’t notice that I bumped the right edge, but you can trust that if I put it back, the fold line is straight, just like the left side.
OK, all ready to go.
I used the long swirl pantograph called Fascination, one I use a lot.
I like the long gentle curves, which soften the hard angles.
Dark red Glide thread is on top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The contrasting thread gives some punch to the backgrounds while allowing the piecework to shine.
One more view.
All finished with the quilting.
I trimmed the quilt with my rotary cutter. This was a topic of conversation at our last longarm meeting, as some of us trim even with the fabric like I do, while others leave an extra 1/4-inch of batting showing to fill the binding more. How do you trim?
I attach the binding with Aurifil 40 wt thread.
I like a deeper binding, so I make mine more like 3/8 – 1/2-inch, using the wider foot.
Because our veterans deserve our very best, I wanted to hand stitch the binding to the back. Aurifil 50 wt thread for this purpose is my favorite.
Two Sundays of slow stitching and it was done.
The binding is the same fabric as the backing, and makes a nice frame in the lighter color. After the binding was done, I added the QOV label with washing instructions.
All finished, it will be delivered to the committee soon.
What are you quilting this week?
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