Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cartwheels Quilt

It's time to post pictures of a finish. It's always a good time to post pictures of a finish!

This is Cartwheels Quilt, a foundation paper pieced design by Lee Heinrich of FreshlyPieced.

The quilt top was pieced during Big Cypress Quilter's March 1-4 retreat to Kenilworth House in Sebring, Florida. It got quilted during Central Florida MQG's May 5-8 retreat to Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida.

This 46" X 56" crib size version of Cartwheels is for a class I'll be teaching at the Lifelong Learning College beginning Monday, September 26. (Learn more by clicking the above tab "Teaching Schedule"). Batting is Quilter's Dream Request loft poly. 

Quilting is with 50-weight Aurifil. Designs are: a long swirled hook along each cartwheel spoke; an outline of each cartwheel straight-line quilted in the background; and filler that's small swirls.

Notice the unusual print combo for binding. It's because I needed binding that would photograph well. I took lots of photos that I'll be presenting during a MQG Webinar on Thursday, September 29: "No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine."

Yep, a live Webinar! From my sewing room to quilters around the world! I'm more than excited and hope lots of quilters catch on to binding their quilts with this method.

If you're a MQG member you can register for the Webinar at any time. Go here.

The quilt back is cobbled together with one quilt block, and hunks and chunks of other fabrics. I'm a big proponent of using up fabrics in backings to lighten my stash... and make room for newer stuff. 

Thanks Debbie for being my quilt-holder for these pictures which were taken outside Big Cypress Rec Center on a sunny, humid day after Tropical Storm Colin went through.

By the way, I very much appreciate everyone's comments and advice about which machine for quilting. (See previous post.) Each of you helped me weigh the features and options.

I'm pretty sure I want the Janome 1600P, but haven't figure out where to buy it. Believe it or not, the Janome dealer who's closest to me will only sell the machine with a quilting frame (?!), and won't match the price quoted by the Janome dealer who's an hour away. Why is this so difficult? Linda


  1. This is really beautiful, and I love the quilting.

  2. Why would a dealer make a condition like that, and potentially lose a sale? Crazy!
    Love the bright, sunny look of your latest finish! And using up scraps for a back is always a good idea, especially if it makes room for new stuff!

  3. Such a fun quilt! I am going to sign up for the binding class! The last time I did. Scrappy binding I had to fight with seams in corner even though I thought I had laid it out before hand. Your method always looks perfect and seems like a great way to avoid that problem for sure.

  4. Linda, what a lovely finish. I love using leftovers for the backing too. Wish I was closer to take your binding class. I do a reversible binding a lot, but not too many that miter easily at each corner like your example. I'm sure you could show me a few tricks.

    What would a Janome dealer not match another dealer's prices if they are both in the business of selling the same machine. It makes no sense at all to me, either.

  5. This turned out beautifully!

  6. Congrats on the webinar!!! Exciting.

  7. Another great finish. Love the quilting.

  8. This quilt really says Florida to me!

  9. How cool. I'm registered and it's on my calendar.

  10. What a happy quilt ! I started using your binding method about a month ago and I am hooked ... will be using it from now on. Thanks for your tutorials :)

  11. I love the bright colors in the quilt. Nicely done.



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