Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Golden Race: A Finished Quilt

This is my "Golden Race" quilt.  It is the fourth quilt quilted on the Bernina Q24.  It is also my 200th quilt in my numbering system.  Golden definitely seems appropriate for that.  :)

This is a chunky race quilt sewn using my calculations for race quilt variations.  I was using yardage instead of fat quarters so I left the pieces 21 inches long unlike the quilts I made at the end of last year using 18 inch strips.

I used six different golden fabrics.  There were 35.5 pieces cut 4 inches by 21 inches.  The quilt top ended up about 45 inches by 56 inches.  My backing fabric was only 42 inches wide, so I cut off a 3.5 inch strip from the side and pieced it into the backing.  That made my backing wider than my top and added some interest.

My mom and her next door neighbor, Tracey, (who also owns a Bernina Q24) came over to see how I put it on the frames and help quilt it.

My mom quilted one row and Tracey quilted two rows.  You can see how much my mom enjoyed it in the picture above.  I think this is the first time my mom has ever free motion quilted on a real quilt.  She liked it so much that she wanted to make a chunky race quilt from her stash fabrics and quilt it herself!  I'm such a proud daughter.  ;)  So this will not be the last chunky race quilt I make in the near future.  My mom and I raided her stash and I taught both her and Tracey how to make a chunky race quilt. (More on that later.)

We quilted this quilt with a wiggly line/u-turns in each row.  When I got to the bottom of the quilt I knew I was running out of backing.  (One of the drawbacks of quilting on a frame is that your backing needs to be more than a couple inches wider and longer than your quilt top.)  My solution?  Unpick the very last row.

After unpicking the row I was able to baste that bottom edge down to make it easier to bind the quilt.

I ended up taping one of my little bucket thread catchers to the top of the machine for all of my thread clippings.  A pin cushion with a slap bracelet attachment holds onto the second spool post.  I love the easy access to both a place for my threads and pins.

I was able to take a few pictures of the quilt in some rare winter sunshine before heading to my mom's for the sew day.

I love the texture from the wiggle quilting and how the golden fabrics shimmer.

The backing is mostly an old Hoffman golden waves fabric.

I love the subtle pieced backing.  Most of the fabrics really blend in allowing the creams to pop.

The binding was the last of the golden waves fabric.

This quilt will be donated somewhere sometime this year.  It was a great little stash busting quilt and I love how it turned out.

Quilt Stats #200 ~ I love that number!
Name:  Golden Race
Pattern:  Chunky Race Quilt
Fabric Used:  From my old stash
Amount Used:  3.5 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 41 x 52 inches
Date Finished:  2017

I just wanted to add, "Happy Valentine's Day!"

I cam downstairs the other day and found Monkey cuddled up under one of my Valentine's quilts, Through the Woods.  He didn't care what it looked like as long as it had minky and was made by mom.  This is why I quilt.


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  1. I absolutely love the texture from the quilting! I find that the minimum extra for the back that I can get away with is about 2 inches on each side. I usually aim for 2 to 3 inches because I hate to waste 3 fabric. Then all that is left is a 2.5 inch strip that I can use for binding or put in the strip bin.

  2. Congratulations on finishing your 200th quilt, that is very exciting! I love the smile on your mom's face and look forward to hearing how the race quilt and quilting go for her soon. Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. Looks like you had a fun day! Your pictures of the quilt on your frame helped me so much! I am the quilter on the longarm at our church quilt ministry and the clamps gets in the way. After seeing your picture, I can just pin strips of fabric to the sides of the quilt for quilting. Thank you!!!

  4. Happy Valentine's Day Jasmine. You are getting to know your machine quickly. Does he/she have a name yet?

  5. Happy Valentine's! That U turn sure gave the quilt a whole different look! I love that you shared your mom's joy in using her new machine:) There is a video out there on adding more backing while your quilt is still on the frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs5Dw2raqfQ.
    I have curtain rods holding up my clamp so it doesn't bump into the machine. Also a magnetic dish from Walmart auto dept. works great for pins, I just don't put it on the machine-only on the frame, magnets and computer don't mix well.

  6. Different colors make the quilts look totally different. Can't wait to make my second chunky quilt.

  7. What a dramatic change the quilting made. The finished quilt shines and shimmers. And you have the best quilt models. Hope you had a good Valentine's Day.

  8. Love seeing the smiling faces in this post; that back and forth looks SO COOL on this quilt. Still haven't done a jelly roll race but once I'm back home, it's gonna happen, and I will visit you to get the skinny. Must say that I love seeing your boys quilting! and grinned to myself about the Minky requirement. It's been a while since I used some, gotta rectify that!


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