Community Quilt 36

14 12 2012

The next small quilt in the most recent batch was another child’s quilt.

(Click on a photo to view it larger.)


I looked at the fabric for a hint as to how to quilt it, and found it in the balloons. I hunted out some ancient variegated overlocker thread I had in bright primary colours (plus green) and used that to stitch a big balloon in each block. I didn’t mark the balloons — just stitched them from the end of a tail, up to the balloon, around in a sort of circle, then stitched a small triangle for the knot/mouthpiece, and came back down for another tail. Pretty easy, really.


The fabric also had balls in it, so I did large bubbles in the green borders and sashing emulating the roundness of the balls, again, in the same overlocker thread. Then I stitched one HUGE balloon over the entire quilt in the last of my ‘glow in the dark’ thread. Hopefully, the child who receives this quilt will see it at night 😉



Threads used:

  • Top: Variegated overlocker thread I’ve had for years!
  • Bobbin: Bobbinfil (white; 70 wt)




3 responses

14 12 2012

Aha! How was the overlocker thread behaviour-wise? I use it a lot as a budget thread – thought I might be committing quilting sin but I find it very good and it lasts – f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Maybe a bit linty, but otherwise great. LOVE the balloons, great thinking!

14 12 2012

The overlocker thread was surprisingly good. It didn’t lint/fluff as much as some of the other cottons I’ve used, and only broke twice.

14 12 2012

I have used that thread and the only thing I have had to watch is the quilting speed. Otherwise it works great! Go for the color needed and deal with all else later (my motto!). Love the balloons!!!! And the glow-in-the-dark idea!!!!

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