Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some donation quilts ready to go.

I was feeling really antsy 'cause I've been spinning my wheels a lot this summer and not getting anything really finished- finished.  So over the weekend in a burst of guilt and energy I got a bunch of things done.  Nothing fancy just basic quilts, but they will all make good donation quilts.
36" x 48"
I started this top last week when Randy came over to sew.  It's small so the top did not take long and since I was on a roll with this 'Finsh 'um up' thing;  I did!
 I know it seems kind of small for a donation quilt but this one will be donated to the Lap Quilts for Wheel Chair Bound Vets project.  This is the size they suggest.
I quilted this very simply by quilting X's in each patch,
 but since some of them were rectangles and some squares it made this interesting pattern on the back.  I kinda like it!
 I quilted this free hand on my long arm thus the squiggly lines.  Straight lines take a ruler or fence and a lot of time but I can quilt this style free hand,  it looks pretty good and it does not take much time at all.
I finished this top in July while visiting Randy and Lori before the Sister's show.  I got it quilted straight away after I got home and then stalled out on the binding!
50" x  57"
  What is it about bindings that make it so tedious?!  Do you have that problem?  I sure do!

Well I got a machine binding on it and done...finally!  I use this lovely floral flannel for the backing.  I really like to use flannel backings,  makes a quilt so much cozier!
45" x 55"  (after washing)
Next up;  is this yarn dyed bar quilt, which I started Before Sister's,  finished the top in July where it got stalled out in the 'waiting to be quilted stage'!  It's a wonder I get anything done the way I stall out! LOL
I washed this one after I finished it and I was shocked at how much it shrank!  I am going to have to rethink my no wash-before-sewing policy on these yarn dyed fabs!  I think it shrank at least 2-3 inches in each direction!  I will say these particular fabs were not the best quality = loosely woven.  That should have been my clue!
These quilts were all machine bound.  I've been experimenting with different ways to do this for a while.  What's you favorite Machine binding technique? Back to front, front to back etc?
Have a great rest of your week!
Cheers, CW


  1. Re binding: machine to front, hand stitch to back, but the first quilt I made was machined to the back, brought to the front and stitched by machine again, and worked really well, so I don't know why I never did it again! I love your check/plaid quilts - they are beautiful in their simplicity.

  2. well you certainly caugh up on all the finishing
    I don't think I have a prefered machien bidning method - the one tiem I did it I used a sort of hmm "fancy" stitch, can't remember what it was sort of flowerish or maybe it was irregular zig-zag but only going to the right like grass or so? welll I thought if I have to have stitches showing on the binding (because they always show) then I will just make them part of the design.
    Else I take hours talking myself into sewing the bidnign to the back, of course I coudl probably sew on yeveral meters of bidning in the time I try to find reasons why I can't do it at that moment.
    I like the first and the alst quilt - the middle one with the many florals not so much, but then I do not need to like eerything. I think the first and last appeal to me because of the autumnish colours and the gingham/chessboard fabrics, I feel more "at home" looking at them.
    I washed my bluegreenpink one recently and was shocked how little it shrunk - I was hoping for a somehow mor squashed look, maybe I do need to throw them in the dryer after all.
    Well I usually end up handbinding because it just looks so neat.

    What comes just to mind now - do you know the finished edges of those wool and fleece blankets? with that usually ornamental contrasting blenket stitch looking fancy stitch runnign all the way around. So maybe a knife edge binding, but no hidden hand sewn thing, but simply go along the edge with a fancy stitch ... just if you want to try out some more machien binding varieties

  3. So many finishes, and every one will be appreciated. I like the bold, graphic, geometric look of each one. The shrinkage of flannels and wovens can make me say nasty words now and then. I don't like surprises in my quilting, and unexpected shrinkage is near the top of my list.
    Most of my quilts have machine applied bindings -- machine stitched to the back, pulled around to the front and machine stitched again. I don't know how my donated quilts will be used or cared for, so I want the bindings secure. Besides, I'm too impatient to hand stitch bindings. I want them done so I can get on to the next quilt.

  4. Nice job Claire. I don't machine bind, so I can't offer any tips.