Community Quilt 153

14 07 2014

I quilted four Community Quilts on my quilting retreat weekend last weekend. I didn’t keep track of the threads I used, so unlike the others I’ve documented, you won’t get thread choices in these posts.

Unlike most of the quilts I’ve quilted for the Community Quilts program, I did NOT like this quilt. I didn’t like the colours, the fabrics used, or the size of it (it was HUGE), though I didn’t mind the backing fabric 😉 The plain blue fabric used on much of this quilt just didn’t match (in my eye, at least) the other colours used, and I suspect it was old sheeting or old fabric from someone’s stash. The size of the quilt made it a real pain to move around, and, as I was away from home, I didn’t have my improvised bungee cord system to help prevent drag and hold up the quilt, so my shoulders were really aching by the time I finished it.

To avoid looking at that horrible blue for too long, I took the advice of one of my quilting buddies (none of whom liked this quilt’s colours either!) and just did a simple straight line motif to hold the layers together.

I started by stitching in the ditch around each star and the blocks making up each star and the joining squares. Then I used my Line Tamer ruler to stitch straight lines joining the points of the stars to each other, then to create a ‘wonky’ star in the centre of each of the expanses of blue fabric. In the border, I did a large meandering stipple.

I was glad when it was done and I could fold it up.

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Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/


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4 responses

14 07 2014
treadlemusic

Sometimes ya just do what you have to do!!! It is nice, though!

20 07 2014
Dawn C.

Does the bungee system make that much of a difference? I think it is a nice quilt too. Will keep several people warm – haha.

20 07 2014
Rhonda

I didn’t think it would, Dawn, but my shoulders were killing me by the end of this quilt. In fact, I didn’t quilt for another two weeks after that weekend as my shoulders were so sore. I quilted another big quilt yesterday using the bungee system, and while I had a twinge of shoulder pain (underlying pain still from that weekend), it would’ve been much worse had I not used my bungee system. So, yes, it DOES make a big difference in fighting the quilt when it wants to fall off the edges the table (I have the two extension tables too, so it’s a big quilt if it falls off the extended table; I took the extensions with me for my weekend away, so the only difference between away and home was the bungee system).

–Rhonda

28 07 2014

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