All done!!!

Lots of time spent hand stitching the binding

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even at the office on my lunch hour, and all the binding is done.

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Now this batik beauty is ready to make its way to Fort MacMurray, Alberta for someone who lost everything in the forest fire that destroyed a large part of that city.

The bright, cheerful colours in this quilt just screamed for a photo shoot somewhere colourful. Why not a playground?

It will fit on a queen sized bed, with a 1 1/2 foot overhang. It is BIG.

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The back turned out pretty fun too, I think.

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Here you can really see the double straight line quilting.  Although that blue was a big flimsy and as you can see, it puckered a bit when being quilted. But its the back, so no worries.

Big quilt, small machine

Today was the deadline to get this batik quilt quilted.  I have been sewing for the last 4 days, in between house cleaning, family life, baseball and sleep.  But it is done! Yay, phew!

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The key to working with a big quilt is to keep the massive bulk of fabric organized and in control. These words make me happy.  I like organized and in control. Lots of rolling and pinning rolls in place and feeding evenly.

The suggestion was made to use variegated thread for the quilting, but I decided to just use a variety of thread instead.

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Jewel tones, just like all the lovely batiks.  I chose to do double straight line quilting for ease of the bulk.

DSC03372And then just 33 feet of binding to attach.  I have sewn it onto the front and will hand bind it to the back this week.

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On a sad note, Linda Rafuse, the owner of Satin Moon Quilted Garden who donated all the fabric for this quilt, passed away this weekend.  I didn’t know her, but feel connected to her through her fabric that I have been handling for the last few weeks.

a whole bunch of colours

This quilt is nothing but brilliant colour! After some planning by me and some power sewing by myself and a few quilty friends last Friday, and by me tonight, this batik quilt top is complete. it measures 101″ x 84″. Full bed size for someone in
Fort MacMurray who has lost so much in the recent forest fire that destroyed a large part of the city. Thanks again Satin Moon quilt shop for donating the fabric.

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My nine year old was the photographer of this one, as it was so big my hubby and I had to hold it high to get it off the ground (sideways even).  The wind didn’t help either!

As we were building this quilt we decided it was going to be a “fluid” quilt.  Working with many different sizes of blocks that had to be worked out to fit, and layouts changing it was a lot of colour movement; therefor fluid!

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This is my kitchen turned into a quilt shop( yup 3 sewing machines). We even had a little baby helping(well maybe hinder is a better word). His twin brother slept thru the whole event.

It was enjoyable to work with so many jewel like colours, and the sun behind them turned them into stained glass.

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The next step is to patch together solids for the back, and then find a floor big enough to spread it all out and pin it ready for quilting.  I love piecing a quilt top, I love quilting in lines and swirls and whirls, but I hate sandwiching it together. Ugh!

 

Fort MacMurray

Seeing photos and hearing the reports of the loss and devastation of the forest fire that has wiped out so much of the city of Fort MacMurray and surrounding areas is so heartbreaking.  So what do quilters do? We make and donate fabric comfort.

This little one is on a truck heading to an evacuation shelter at the end of the month.

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This is a disappearing nine patch. Something I wanted to try years ago.  It had been sitting on my quilt rack for a few years and needed a home.  What a great way for it to go.  That felt good.

Oh Mylanta, now what have I gotten my self into! Satin Moon Quilt Shop kindly donated 2 bundles of precut fabrics to my quilt guild for a quilt for Fort MacMurray.

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Making quilts for others really appeals to me, so I stepped up and said I would like to be part of that, with the help of others. Well, the fabric has come to my house with me being the lead on creation.  so far I have 2 other quilters committed to coming over for a 4 hour sewing frenzy on Friday.  We’ll see how far we get. and if there are any more offers to help.

There are 5″ squares, 6.5″ squares, 8″ pieced 4 patches, and 7″ pieced framed squares.

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And some weird random novelty fabrics that really didn’t go; they got put aside.

So I started to play with the layout this morning.

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I was going to try a light to dark colourway, but with these pieced blocks, I think the random colour flow it what will be.

This is where I stopped, since there was no more kitchen floor space to use. 80″x 100″ unpieced, so it will be a bit smaller when put together. LOTS of seams there.

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And then there will be a border of the 6.5″ squares.

So most of my other projects have been put on pause(hopefully not for long), with the exception of 2 smaller time sensitive projects that are near completion.

I am quite the magpie…OOH, new fabric to play with!!!