Picking up on the fire quilts, I have made quite a bit of progress since the last update. Here is where I left off, after the stitch-rip fiasco. The first quilt was finally quilted, and I took it off the frame.
I had a wide-width remnant left over from a previous quilt that I thought would look nice. So, I made the binding and stitched it on with a quarter-inch seam to preserve the points on the blocks.
Then it went to the den for handwork during football games and other TV shows in the evenings. I worked on it a little each evening. I really do enjoy this kind of handwork, but this was a big quilt!
Meanwhile, the gorgeous blue backing from Backside Fabrics was loaded as the first step to quilting the next one. I like to have something going on more than one area so I can work on one thing for a while then go to something else as I get tired of standing or my neck needs a rest from looking down at the pantograph. The best is when I have something in the piecing stage, a quilt on the longarm, and a handwork project for evenings and weekends.
Quilting went along pretty well until the end, where the bobbin ran out, and the thread jumped a guide that I didn’t notice, so I had to do a bit of ripping again. DH was very helpful again, and we got it done pretty fast.
I used one of my favorite pantographs, Fascination by Lorien. It has lovely flowing curves that are fast to do. I used the exact same thread combination as last time, Essentials pearl grey on top, Aurifil in the bobbin. Batting is Warm and Natural.
Trimming the quilt, I had plenty of fabric left to do the binding. I needed 370 inches to bind this large quilt. Cutting along the long side of the wide backing meant only four pieces to stitch together to get almost 400 inches, more than enough.
This time I decided to do a completely machine attached binding. I went with a 2-1/4-inch width binding, folded in half, and stitched with a quarter-inch seam so it wouldn’t cut the points off the blocks as there isn’t any border on this one either.
I folded the binding to the back, snugging it to cover the attachment seam with a bit of overage, and stitched the edge down very close to the fold.
Because of the size of the binding and using a quarter-inch attachment, the result is an even line of stitching inside the binding edge on the top side, which I found nicely acceptable.
I had the binding made, attached, and finished off in a single morning.
The blue really sets off the saturated colors of the blocks.
So, this one was done in a jiffy Here’s a corner close-up of the quilting and binding.
A couple more overall finish views, do you see one of your blocks?
From a different direction, the dark points down, looks like a different quilt, doesn’t it!
After a few evenings of stitching and one Sunday stitching day, the first quilt is also finished.
This one will go to my neighbor’s son who will pick it up in a couple of weeks.
If you are seeing this for the first time, you can find the Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design pattern at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE. If you have blocks you haven’t sent yet, the Ventura Guild is collecting them at least through June. Their goal is 500 quilts, and if you would like to make some now and send them, they would appreciate the help.
So, we have two completed quilts, one more to quilt, and one more flimsy to make to send, and this project will be done. Because of the event coming up beginning Wednesday, I won’t get back to this until the end of the month. The first shipment will go out this week, and then there will be one more shipment later. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this project!!
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