Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

One for me

I’m waiting on the delivery of a batting order and can’t work on a customer quilt until the order arrives.  My niece asked if I had a charity quilt she could give to someone.  The quilt didn’t need to be fancy.  It just needed to be warm. I pulled this one out and finished it for her.  It’s a design by Bonnie Hunter.

Quilts and quilting 2014 022When I created this quilt top I had gotten a bag full of shirt sleeve cuffs from someone who worked in a shirt factory.  I took those apart to use and added scrap gingham fabrics from my fabric pantry.   The quilting on the center area is a panto from Circle Lord. The inside border is an “LE” design.  Ladybug calls it big loops, little loops.

Quilts and quilting 2014 023Here is a look at the quilting design from the back.

Quilts and quilting 2014 025The quilting on the outside border is a leaf vine feather type design.

Quilts and quilting 2014 024Here’s a view from the back.

Quilts and quilting 2014 026I used a sheet for the backing.  Many quilters will say that using sheets is wrong.  I’m just the opposite.  I believe sheets make fine backings on quilts.  Hmm…. something for you to think about.  Just where do you think “wide backings” came from?  Where are they made? Didn’t you know?  Wide backing fabric is simply sheets without hems.

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9 comments on “One for me

  1. Lynda
    February 22, 2014

    You may not call it fancy, Anita, but I think someone is about to receive a kingly gift! That quilting is amazing, and I simply do not know how you keep it all in your head and then get it to come out in the thread like you do!

  2. katyquilts
    February 18, 2014

    I agree, I LOVE to use sheets as backing. I hate to piece backs for quilts and they come in so many beautiful colors. Love your quilt, by the way!

    • Na Na
      February 19, 2014

      Thank you.

  3. jenyjenny
    February 18, 2014

    That is awesomely beautiful! In this case the sheet is great–and the color is very contemporary I thinK! The colors, stitching, binding, all gorgeous. I found a quilt that was partially stitched, in the closet at church: in that case, someone had put a sheet on for a backing, but it was used, and had the most disgusting stains on it! Ew! to say the least…

    • jenyjenny
      February 18, 2014

      Oh, and sheet was still hemmed…???

      • Na Na
        February 19, 2014

        No, not still hemmed. I turned the back over the front and sewed it down for the quilt binding instead of using a separate binding.

    • Na Na
      February 19, 2014

      Eeewww. That would probably be the reason the quilt wasn’t finished and was hid in the closet? I do use sheets from a thrift store sometimes. I’m really choosy about used sheets. The one for this charity quilt was new and very stiff even after washing three of four times. Usually the thrifted sheets have been washed many times and are soft. Buying thrifted sheets means I can buy a more expensive sheet for a lot less.

  4. Cindy Nielsen
    February 18, 2014

    I was so pleased to see and hear that you use sheets for backing. I have used flat sheets for years. The cost for backing with sheets is much cheaper and I don’t have to spend all that time piecing a backing. Thanks for the validation. I love your ideas!

    • Na Na
      February 18, 2014

      Yea! Another person who uses sheets. Like you, I’ve used them for years.

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