I had the opportunity to spend sometime using a longarm machine owned by a lovely lady; Colleen at our local Quilt shop. It was a real eye opener. It sure gave me a new respect for their work and the length of time it takes for them to perfect the craft and the quality of there work .
The smaller quilt is one that I made almost three years ago and had not gotten around to finishing it.
It will be donated to RVH hospital. Our guild has a program where we make quilts for the premature babies at the hospital. They use the Quilts to cover the isolettes and then the mothers get to take the quilt home with them when baby goes home. I am just finshing the binding.
It was made from a kit I bought in Newfoundland, from Cathy Pittman at The Piecemaker, in South Conception Bay, a fabulous little shop right by water. The kit was only the small inner panel inside the red piping. The pattern was called Stir Crazy and used about 20 different fabrics relating to the sea.
I wanted to make a nice lap size quilt for hubby, so I asked my Kindred Group for some suggestions to add to it. They suggested the red piping. Boy did it make Quilt have the pop I was looking for. I also had these panels which included a lighthouse and beach sceen, so Brenda (a member of our group) suggested using the lighthouse portion of the panels as cornerstones. The rest of the panels and extra fabric I bought, plus my stash was used to make the bricks in the second border.
I am really please at how it turned out. I used the bamboo and cotton blend batting. It has a lovely hand and I think could be used for hand quilting. I would be anxious for your comments.