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Charity quilt......

A couple of weeks ago I quilted a charity quilt for a raffle for the local quilt group which I go to once a month.  The ladies who run it asked me if I would be able to quilt this for them in time for their November raffle which is in aid of a cancer charity.   This is rather close to my heart, having lost my Dad to cancer  just three short years ago now.  There have been a few lives lost in Langham from cancer in recent months and years which prompted the raffle quilt to be made.
This quilt was put together from some orphan blocks donated by some of the ladies in the group, which was then sashed together with the navy contrasting fabric.   Some of the blocks were a little on the full side, but after spritzing with some spray starch and steaming it before loading onto my quilt frame, there were no problems during quilting at all, and the "bush berries" design looked lovely with the Hobbs Polydown plus wadding, which has given it a lovely quilting definition.
I think it turned out great.  Normally when looking at this type of quilt with such contrast between sashings and background, I would be tempted to custom quilt with matching threads in the sashings and background, and maybe outlining the dresden plate blocks, or echo quilting, or background quilting, however this type of quilting is very time consuming, and an allover design was chosen instead.  This was quilted with a very pale gold subtle thread which actually blended quite nicely accross the whole quilt.

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