Lap Charity Quilt
2015 Finished Quilts, Quilts

Lap Charity Quilt

I am thrilled to share the finished lap quilt for Project Linus today. Just like with the baby quilt, the blocks were designed and created during the 2015 New Block Blog Hop. Thank you so much to the 19 women who designed and created the blocks used in this quilt. They are listed below left to right, top to bottom as seen in the quilt, and the links take you to the free tutorials on how to replicate the blocks seen here.

Lap Quilt (L to R, top to bottom)

Lap Charity Quilt

Lap Charity Quilt

Also, a huge thank you to Fabri-Quilt (Inspired by Fabric) who donated all the fabric for this quilt top including extra white for the sashing, enough yardage (in turquoise) for the backing, and royal blue binding.

Lap Charity Quilt - Quilting Detail Prior to Wash

Lap Charity Quilt – Quilting Detail Prior to Wash

Once again, I treated each block individually from a quilting perspective, and I had a lot of fun allowing myself to relax and “play” as I went along. I did all the quilting on my long arm free handed; I did not use rulers. The quilting pattern in the sashing was inspired by a border design in Angela Walter’s book, Shape by Shape. Everything else I made up as I went along.

Lap Charity Quilt - Backing

Lap Charity Quilt – Backing

I quilted with 50wt Aurifil 2021 on the top and in the bobbin, so the block designs and quilting really pop out against the solid turquoise backing. My intent was to outline the piecing in every block so that the design would be recognizable on the back, and I also played a lot with different free motion quilting motifs within each block.

Lap Charity Quilt - Quilting Detail (Backing)

Lap Charity Quilt – Quilting Detail (Backing)

I really love how recognizable the blocks remain from the view on the back. Isn’t that seahorse just delightful?

Lap Charity Quilt - Quilting Detail (Backing)

Lap Charity Quilt – Quilting Detail (Backing)

I used 9 bobbins, which means I was just shy of using an entire large spool of 50wt thread for the quilting alone (10 bobbins + thread for the top = 1 large spool on my long arm).

Charity Quilts Post Wash

Charity Quilts Post Wash

To be safe, I washed both quilts together using 2 capfuls of Synthrapol and 2 color catchers. The color catchers did pick up a bit of loose dye, but they were mostly a light gray when I pulled them out of the wash.

Lap Charity Quilt - Post Wash Detail

Lap Charity Quilt – Post Wash Detail

I just love the poof and pucker that shows up after a quilt gets its first wash. Especially in blocks that are less densely quilted.

Lap Charity Quilt - Post Wash Detail

Lap Charity Quilt – Post Wash Detail

Baby Quilt Statistics

  • Finished Flimsy: 36.5-inches by 52.25-inches
  • After Quilting / Binding: 36-inches by 50.5-inches (~3% shrinkage)
  • After First Wash: 33.5-inches by 48.5-inches (~8% shrinkage)

Lap Quilt Statistics

  • Finished Flimsy: 56-inches by 70-inches
  • After Quilting / Binding: 55-inches by 68.5-inches (~2% shrinkage)
  • After First Wash: 52.5-inches by 64.5-inches (~8% shrinkage)

Both quilts used a mystery cotton batting that came with my long arm, and I am pleased to say that I used up the last of the roll with these quilts (other than some scrap batting).

Lap Charity Quilt - Post Wash Detail

Lap Charity Quilt – Post Wash Detail

I am really looking forward to turning these quilts over to my local quilt shop who will coordinate getting them into the hands of children in need this holiday season.

Linking up with Finish it Friday and TGIFF.

46 thoughts on “Lap Charity Quilt

  1. Jayne says:

    Stunning, love it!

  2. Yvonne, the quilt turned out beautifully! And your longarm quilting is stunning! I know you are a stat keeper, may I ask how many hours it took for the quilting alone? I especially love the quilting pattern you used in the sashing, is there a name for it?

  3. Cindy says:

    WOW! You really made all the blocks pop with your wonderful quilting Yvonne. Both quilts look fantastic. I am glad I was able to be a small part of giving someone a quilty hug.

  4. Amy L says:

    Beautifully done! You will warm hearts and small bodies this winter, for sure!

  5. Tish says:

    Yvonne, both quilts are just stunning! You did an amazing job bringing all the blocks to life with your quilting.

  6. Both quilts are very sweet, Yvonne. What a wonderful gift for those in need this Christmas. The blocks are all delightful and your quilting is the perfect compliment to each!

  7. Alison says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  8. SarahZ says:

    I just love seeing blocks from the new blocks hop in sampler form! The colors are so bright and fun, too! Quilting, just really perfect!! 🙂 oh! And I love the new profile pic 🙂

  9. quiltyhabit says:

    Bravo, Yvonne! That is going to be one lucky quilt recipient. I’m sure it will be as much fun to look at the stitching as it is the blocks.

  10. You did an amazing job!! The quilting is superb. Thanks for doing this, Yvonne. It was fun to participate.

  11. Renee says:

    oh man I totally want to post a finished quilt for finish it up Friday. My week is a haze of headaches and having a cold. Anyway, these both turned out lovely! I think the custom quilting makes the blocks extra special, plus it’s kind of honoring the block makers to take that much time on each block!

  12. Sandra says:

    These are just fabulous, Yvonne! Love gazing over the two quilts, at the blocks, and at the quilting you did! Excellent work, just excellent.

  13. Janequiltsslowly says:

    Really great. The quilting is so wonderful. I love the idea of the block patterns shoeing on the back of the quilt.

  14. Jayne says:

    The quilting!!! Yvonne you did an amazing job! I still cannot believe how well these blocks work together. How does that happen with each one from different people?! I’m also happy there weren’t any bleeding problems! Whoever receives either of these quilts…they are going to love and cherish them for years to come!

  15. Margo says:

    Awesome quilts!! The blocks come together so perfectly. They are beautiful and your quilting made them so much more.

  16. Stephanie says:

    This looks amazing Yvonne!!! I love how you gave each block it’s own custom quilting. Thanks you so much for doing this!

  17. Beautiful! All the blocks go so beautifully together– well done! Gorgeous quilting too!

  18. Lisa says:

    I love your quilting! I’m so happy to see all these beautiful blocks together in the quilt.

  19. It is gorgeous, Yvonne! From stunning colour combo to the individual blocks to your amazing quilting. There is a lucky little person out there ready to love, love, love this quilt. Well done.

  20. Karen says:

    The blocks–Wow! The colors–Wow! The quilting–AMAZING! These quilts just make my eyes happy!

  21. Robyn says:

    Love it! Great job!

  22. Pam Losely says:

    Love the quilt! So bright and cheerful!
    You will make someone very happy!
    Are the patterns for this available?
    Thank you, Pam

  23. Linda Dutch says:

    Great colour combo, very bright & happy! Your quilting is stunning, I love how you gave each block it’s own special moment!

  24. twemyss says:

    Wow, a lot of quilting when a bit of stitch in the ditch would’ve made it so soft and cuddly but well done, could not do this!!! xxxx

  25. They look spectacular when they are all next to each other, and you really outdid yourself on the quilting. Beautiful job, Yvonne.

  26. Amazing quilting. The design of the quilts was great and as I scrolled down, I was blown away by the different quilting designs you did for each block.

  27. JanineMarie says:

    I am amazed at how balanced this quilt is in design and color placement, especially considering all the different hands involved. I can just imagine how fun it was to design the quilting for each block. Simply gorgeous. I just know it will make some child feel very special indeed.

  28. Yvonne, I love the bold and bright fabrics, patterns and quilting that were used with this quilt! It will certainly make a child very happy and warm! What an exceptionally wonderful loving gift! Thank you for sharing it with us and I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

  29. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    I absolutely love it, you did an awesome job pulling this together and finishing it off. I love how you quilted each block individually, it gives this quilt such personality. Whoever receives this quilt will be very very lucky and blessed. 🙂

  30. Kaja says:

    Lovely work! You have done a great job of getting all the different blocks to sit together nicely in one top: I think the limited palette helps with this and gives it a strong look. Your quilting looks fantastic too. On another note, I like your new profile photo a lot.

  31. Denise says:

    I am so happy to see the blocks from this summer’s hop going to a great cause. Everyone did an excellent job creating the blocks and you complimented their work with fun attention to detail in the quilting. Thanks to Fabri-quilt for their generous donation of fabric which gave this project life!

  32. Izzy says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! The blocks and the colours are really great and your quilting! So, so beautiful!

  33. They both turned out so beautiful, Yvonne! Great work on the quilting 🙂

  34. Liz says:

    The quilts look amazing Yvonne! I love the way you’ve quilted them, enhancing the unique charm of each individual block!

  35. So cute!! I love the bright happy colors. Amazing job by all of you ladies!!

  36. Your quilting really took this quilt from being lovely to stunning! The recipient is going to be a super lucky person.

  37. Dominique says:

    Wow! I really love how everybody’s blocks come together with the unified colour palette. Exquisite quilting too. this will really make someone happy!

  38. Great work on the quilting, Yvonne. It is obvious that you really put some time and effort into it. I am sure everyone who contributed blocks is thrilled with your finishing touches.

  39. These turned out so well. The quilting you did is just wonderful. I love how you really mixed dense quilting with more outline/stitch in the ditch quilting to give them a lot of texture. I noticed right away in the big photo how those puffy squares just jump out. I love it!

  40. RuthB says:

    Saw it on Stephaine’s blog this morning – looks beautiful and fun and looks like you had a great time playing with the quilting!

  41. Jasmine says:

    This is so impressive. I love the close-ups! I look forward to my quilter’s planner and seeing more blocks!

  42. Vera says:

    Your quilting is lovely!

  43. Christine S says:

    This is such an awesome finish! So sharp, I love it 🙂

  44. They turned out so awesome! And I love your quilting!

  45. Sally says:

    They both look amazing, and I definitely do love the seahorse.

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