Perfect Group Quilting Project

This is a quilt that I just finished quilting today. This quilt belongs to a quilt group that is planning to raffle it later this year. Proceeds from the raffle are to benefit cancer research.

Sometimes it is difficult to find a quilt pattern that can be accomplished successfully by a group of quilters because each individual’s piecing skills and measurements can be their own. A group of blocks made by different individuals can be challenging to put together into a nice flat quilt top.

The secret to the success of this quilt block is the “floating” star. The white pieces around the star are deliberately pieced larger than required. After the star block is finished it is squared to 9 1/2″. This squaring after piecing ensures that all blocks are exactly the same size. The sashing rectangles that surround the stars finish at 2 3/4″ wide and are either 7 1/4″ long for the top of the block or 9″ long for the sides of the block. Because these blocks are all pieced from scraps in each quilter’s existing stash, the only cost outlay for the group is the batting, backing and long arm quilting.

I have added the finished dimensions to the parts of the block onto the photo in case some of you want to make your own version of this star quilt.

UPDATE: This pattern is an Atkinson Designs quilt called “Lucky Stars”.

Long Arm Quilting and Christmas

Like so many other long arm quilters at this time of year, I have been busy with customer quilts and have not had time to work on my own projects.

I have finished my last customer obligation this weekend. This is the last customer quilt to go on the frame. This quilt is a cheerful scrappy log cabin.

I love log cabin quilts–especially those made from scraps. I think this quilt appeals to me because it reminds me of the quilts that quilters have been making for their families for generations out of the scraps they had on hand.

This quilt has been quilted in the Baptist Fan pattern using the Circle Lord template which gives it that traditional look.

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The Snowman Collector

With all the snow outside, this quilt seemed appropriate to post. The quilt belongs to a customer and is called, “Snowman Collector”.

I quilted this quilt with Bottom Line thread and I used Circle Lord’s wave template. The combination of a fine thread and this template add just enough texture without overpowering the applique on this quilt.

I also collect snowmen and may have to make one of these for myself.

Father Christmas

I had a chance to try out my newest Circle Lord long arm quilting templates today.

This Father Christmas quilt belongs to a customer. The template that I used was the “wave”.

With the snow and cold outside and this quilt to work on, Christmas seems near!