Volunteer Longarm Work

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I just finished the longarm work on my 3rd top for Quilts of Valour.  They give me a quilt top and I provide the batting and the longarm service.  This quilt proved to be a bit of a challenge because of all the 3 dimensional bling on numerous blocks.  I used  an edge to edge design called Waterworld because it reminding me of birds flying around.  I hope the recipient loves their new quilt.

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Rosalie’s Wall Hanging

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I really like the rich colours that Rosalie chose for her quilt top. I used one layer of a stiff fusible batting to give the wall hanging some body and weight so that it would hang flat against the wall.  I added a layer of  Hobbes 80/20 on top to still give some loft to the quilting.  Rosalie chose Swirls Simplified and I think it worked really well with her piecing.

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Baby Barks Quilt

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I am pleased to share with you this lovely, gender neutral, baby quilt.  It is rather unique in that it is actually a two sided quilt.   Rather than custom quilting one side and having it look strange on the other side, I chose to do an all over design that would compliment both sides of the quilt.  I used a design called Arrowheads.

Here is a close up look at the beautiful texture that the design created.  I used two layers of batting (Hobbes 80/20 and a high loft polyester) to give lots of dimension.

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And now the back.  There is a lot of white space which really helps to see the quilting.

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It is important to always label your quilt but this two sided design made that impossible.  Having a label on one side would detract from the quilt itself.  I saw somewhere online where a quilter stitched words into the binding instead of adding a label so that is what I did.  I used a very subtle tone on tone so that it would almost disappear into the binding.  It says “Made with love 2016 Grandma Debbie”.

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Here are a few pictures of the quilt in the nursery:

 

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Last year I offered my longarm quilting services to Quilts of Valour. People donate quilt tops and fabric for backing and they ask longarmers to provide the batting and longarm services for free. I received these two quilts in January. One is a very busy batik quilt so I used an edge to edge design called Dazzle.

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The second quilt has a lot more background space so I chose to custom quilt it. Ironically the donated quilt top was from Quiltessential’s 2011 Block of the month program and I made the identical blocks (here is a link to my finished quilt).

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Rosalie’s Quilts

When I first saw Rosalie’s quilt tops I immediately noticed the quality of her work.  The piecing was beautiful, there were no wonky borders and the pressing was top notch.  I knew I was going to enjoy working on them.

She chose Bumpity for her beautiful flannel quilt.  I used a soft grey that worked so well within all the blocks.

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For her larger quilt she picked Yo Yo and I used Glide’s mocha thread.

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Thank you Rosalie.  It was truly a pleasure to work on your quilts.