I was having lunch with my dear friend Carin last November when she began to tell me of a quilting project her area group was working on. They were making quilt tops, but their plan for having them quilted wasn’t going as hoped. Carin hesitated to ask, but she wanted to know if I would do one or two. When she told me that the destination for these quilts was Elizabeth House (a local hospice), I said I would do all six. I think it is important to give back to your community when you can, and this was something I could do.
The quilts were all in the same block design, a really neat trick published by Quiltmaker magazine. The pattern called Anita’s Arrowhead is available at their website – here – as a free download with instructions. Go get this now, as it is only going to be available for a limited time.
Carin dropped off the tops, batting and backing just after Thanksgiving. All the quilt tops were different colors, so I thought I would use some different quilt designs based on the color, and I had just purchased six new pantographs. My mother in law was visiting at the time, and her favorite color is purple, so I loaded that one first. It spoke to me wanting the new grape design pantograph that I had just received called Vineyard by Threadsongs. So, it got that.
The red one just seemed destined to have hearts.
So I used the pantograph Hearts a Flutter by Intelligent Quilting.
The green one was quilted with a floral design pantograph called Rhapsody by Willow Leaf Studio. Somehow I have lost the pic of the quilting.
This blue and beige was done with a pantograph called Fantasia by Lorien Quilting.
This mostly brown one was just perfect for the pantograph Woodgrain by Threadsongs.
This pantograph is one of my favorites. It is called Plumeria Garden by Intelligent Quilting. It quilts out with a nice density and really flattens out wavy piecing if needed. This quilt was perfectly flat, including the borders, and was a delight to quilt.
Here’s the back so you can see it more clearly.
Carin picked those up, and brought one more. It received a circular design with swirls called Fascination from Lorien Quilting.
I was happy to do this quilting, and it felt good to be able to do something for my community. The ladies of Area 9 of the WNC Quilt Guild did a wonderful job piecing and finishing the quilts.
Carin sent me this picture of the quilts she took with her phone when they were delivered to a happy staff at Elizabeth House.
How do you give back to your community?