National Quilting Day

Tomorrow is the official National Quilting Day, and our guild challenge quilts will be on display at the Hendersonville NC Main Library on Washington Street. Come out to see all the fun challenge quilts, and vote for your favorite. The viewer’s choice winners get goodies, so of course I hope those of you who are local to the area will come and vote for mine.

I’m working the show tomorrow, and I’ll try to have some photos to show those who are not in the area soon.

In the meantime, I did a quick quilting for a store sample for my local quilt shop, Beginnings. They have such great fabrics and choose fun prints and panels to play with. I don’t show all the client quilts I do, but this one was simple and cute, and I don’t have much else going on in the sewing room right now. The panel is Effie’s Woods designed by Deb Strain for Moda, with inspirational messages. It has a lot of negative space, but wouldn’t lend itself to a modern quilting design. So, I loaded it on the longarm and searched through the pantographs for something suitable. I quilted the first row, then thought you’d like to see it so I stopped for a photo.

Kathy had asked for something ‘woodsy’. Well, hmmm, not something I have. I thought about doing leaves, but this pantograph was a bit denser and had a feel of leaves and birds. The little swirl with the long graceful curve to a peak on the left suggested a bird to me. Then the feathery motifs could be thought of as oak leaves or bird wings. Well, in my fanciful mind anyway.

The large spaces of background needed denser quilting, and the circular lines and swirls echo the wreaths on the panel.

In the scrappy border, the motif worked well too. I used a light taupe Glide thread on top, with a matching color Bottom Line in the bobbin.

It only took a few passes to finish. Here is the top.

This is the bottom. This is such a cute wall hanging, and would work well for kid quilts too.

Quilting finished and ready to trim.

The next day, I made binding from the leftover backing and put it on. At the top on the backside, I added two triangles in the corners for a hanging method like I did on the Dahlia quilt.

One small project done, and next up will be one of the tops I made at retreat. What are you sewing this week? Are you doing something fun for National Quilting Day?

Special note to sandycrochet – your email is incorrect on your comments so I cannot respond to you. They keep coming back as undeliverable.

Fat Quarter Shop has Precuts on Sale for your National Quilting Day fun. New items on sale in Notions, Books, Patterns, and Fabric, and don’t forget the daily Flash Sale. While you are visiting FQS, click on their Blog link in the upper right to see information on fundraising and quilting efforts on behalf of the people of Ukraine. Dig out your yellow and blue fabrics, and your sunflower prints to help with the block drives.
Of course, you’ll need thread, too. Check out Sulky’s National Quilting Month sale. And take 25% off all clearance with code CLEARANCE25.
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Find new ideas with Books on Sale at C&T Publishing.

14 thoughts on “National Quilting Day

  1. Rosemarie

    Cute panel, and the border has such pretty fabrics. Your choice for quilting this project, looks great.

  2. Julie

    I’d vote for you if I could! I love that panel – I saw it earlier this week & was very tempted to buy it. The panto fits the theme quite nicely.

  3. Lenora

    Carole, what a nice sample! That quilt would be a perfect one for my granddaughter. As an older toddler she would have made up stories about each animal using the meaningful words for each one as they played in the woods with the wind swirling the leaves around. As an older child she would be making up and possibly writing down even more stories. That quilt will be a lifetime of memories for a special person. To me that is the beauty of the art of quilting. Whether a quilt is made from new fabric or well worn fabric from used items they each have a story to tell. Great choice of a pantograph. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love your challenge quilt. I look forward to seeing any photos you manage to take while working at the display. The cute woodsy panel is perfect for a small child. Love your quilting choice!

  5. Rheanna

    The panel turned out adorable! Love the quilting pattern you chose. We spent the last 4 days at a water park with the kids so I am ready for some quiet sewing time in my sewing room tomorrow.

  6. Michele Bretz

    Carole, I stopped by the VA’s oncology ward and noticed a gentleman waiting for his appointment and he appeared cold. I went to the back area and was talking to a nurse about what to expect when my Dad undergoes chemo. She mentioned a common side effect was feet and hand coldness. It got me to think about your monthly challenge. I asked the nurse and front desk if they could use small lap quilts while getting chemo and the answer was yes. So if anyone wants to donate small lap quilts, they can take them to volunteer services and let them know that they are for the oncology ward. Michele Bretz

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