Friday, January 16, 2015

Finishes for Wounded Warriors!

This week I made another trip to MO to drop off a couple of quilts for wounded warriors (and to have my Bernina 820 serviced and to do a bit of fabric shopping and to drop in on my old sew day group...).  This one is a smaller version of Charming Stars.
Charming Stars (WW quilt)
I did quick meander quilting all over the quilt with a freeform star in each star center. The backing is a brushed cotton that I got a few weeks ago for $2.00/yard (yes, I bought the entire bolt so I'll probably be backing several WW quilts with this soft fabric).  I even used the brushed cotton on the binding and tried out machine binding once more...it's ok, but I really prefer a hand tacked binding.
Charming Stars (back/quilting)
You've probably already noticed how wavy this quilt looks, well, that's due to the 4 oz. poly batting that is inside of it.  I had so much batting left over from Kayla's quilt (she loves puffy fluffy batting?!?!), that I needed a place to use it.  That poly takes up a ton of space to store, so I was happy to use it up! 
Irish Chain Variation (WW quilt)
The Irish Chain Variation was a group effort from a new group of ladies I've met since moving to IL called Quilt Ladies.  We have begun to suggest an idea for a quilt each month and each person will make a block or 2 before the next month.  Then one of the ladies assembles everything and I have volunteered to do the quilting!
Irish Chain Variation (back/quilting(
Again, I just did quick and simple meander quilting (often my go-to for charity quilts), then I backed and bound it with this multicolored star quilt that I was given with this quilt top.  I think it came out really nice considering it is very different from the original design that was suggested!
January WW Quilt Blocks
This month we decided to each bring one or two of our favorite blocks in patriotic colors.  My friend Debbie and I pieced these together while I was in MO (I cut, she pieced).  These blocks will become a part of a sampler quilt which is always fun to do.  I can't wait to see what setting this month's flimsy assembler decides to use!

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Heather

6 comments:

SandyPA said...

I love Double X blocks, too! It's always fun to see what quilts you are working on.

Connie said...

Hi Heather, I am so happy that I found your lovely blog. I am interested in the Wounded Warriors Quilt program, do you know where I can get all the information that I would need to get involved. I have made everyone in my family a quilt and I think that this should be my next step. Your quilts are wonderful and your kindness touched my heart. Great buy on that fabric. I do the same thing, when you find a great bargain, buy the whole bolt :)
I am your newest follower. Please come visit. I am celebrating my three year blogging birthday with a Give-A-Way, come put your name in the hat. Happy to meet you.
Your new blogging sister,
Connie :)

Colleen said...

Visiting from GYB. Your Grand Illusions quilt turned out absolutely gorgeous! I didn't take the plunge on that one. I look forward to reading about the things you make this year.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Lovely quilts. You do very nice work. I especially like the Irish Chain variation quilt.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Beautiful quilts! I'm sure they're appreciated.

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

Both lovely quilts! I'm sure they are much appreciated by the recipients.