Charity quilts 2018 – part 2

In the Autumn of 2017 I was contacted by a quilter that I had met at the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild. She asked me if I would be willing to quilt for a charity she was participating in. The charity is called Verdanda which donates quilts to people with a disability. If you Dutch quilters would like to participate in making quilts or donate fabric to this charity, please check out their website and facebook page.

As I wanted to get more practice on my new longarm , I agreed to help them out. I received 5 quilts top, batting and backing and I only had to add my own thread. You have already see the first of these five, namely the golden-mustard quilt with the orange peels.


Quilt number 2 and 3 are now ready for their spotlight!

This red, black and white one was a real mix of fabrics designs and types of fabric; sweet little fairies, naughty little devils, flowers, and dots were all thrown in the mix.


As you can see from the picture above, the quilt top had some issues. It just wouldn’t lay flat because all the fullness in the centre. I believe the added borders were the cause of the fullness as they were probably put on without measuring. The middle of the quilt top was wider than the top and bottom.

Because of the fullness, I didn’t attempt to do any intricate quilting or ruler work. I put a wide meander on and it worked out fine!



The grey border was made of a kind of upholstery fabric. I had to pull on it a bit to get it to behave. In the end the quilt still wasn’t laying flat, but it was much better than before.



Isn’t the backing fabric cute?


I am glad I am given the opportunity to learn from these quilts on how to handle fullness!

The other quilt was a group effort! Many quilters donated blocks of the same pattern but with their own fabrics. It is a lovely quilt!


All the straight lines needed some curves in my opinion.


I put a copper thread on top of all the gorgeous fabrics.


Even though this quilt was pretty straight, I still ended up with a pucker. Probably because all the fabrics were used on the bias. Hey, I am learning, right! πŸ˜‰


This is also one of those quilts, you would rather like to keep after finishing the quilting… it was gorgeous!




The backing was a fabulously soft dark brown that showed the quilting perfectly!


Thanks to all the quilters who are helping out this charity!






9 thoughts on “Charity quilts 2018 – part 2

  1. I shall pay careful attention to your comments, because if one day I need to use a longarm quilting service, I don’t want the job to be a nightmare for the poor quilter!

  2. Beautiful work. Congratulations on improving the bulky quilt. It makes sense that a wide meander works better than a tight one. I think it is perfectly fine to have a quilt that is “pillowy”; it almost becomes a comforter.
    Just love the last quilt. There is a nice balance between the geometric design and the swirly stitching; Gorgeous.

  3. You did a great job on all these quilts! Taming the mountains and waves in quilts is something every longarm quilter struggles with! Having a customer with a perfectly pieced, squared quilt and backing is simply amazing!! I had to put 3 extra layers of a thick polyester batting in a center square of a customer’s quilt to take up the mountain that existed there plus one extra layer of that same poly batting under one of the borders made from the same fabric. Turned out great but definitely challenging! Your choice of quilting motifs was perfect! I always think that straight lines need a curving quilting pattern and using straight lines on curve piecing is perfect!

  4. I agree with you on the last one Esther; I’d want to keep that one too. Your circles are perfect with all those straight lines. Pity about the bias; would sashing have helped keep all those bias pieces straight, do you think?

  5. Hi Esther, I enjoyed your comments and photos so much. Donation quilts are truly an excellent way to practice. Hugs from Utah, Laura

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