Passage Quilting and the Kindness of Strangers

I started passage quilting this last week. I have not been doing as much charity work as I used to, and I started feeling like I was missing service work (see previous post on subject) so I am making a real effort.
The first Saturday of the month is BB Quilt Club and the second Friday is Passage. The Queen of BB (not me, I am the Keeper of the Quilts)has ruled that in order to belong to BB; one must do Passage, attend regular meetings and retreats... I didn't go to the last retreat so I better get on the ball and get my passage done.
In the past, I delivered quilts to BB so the binding could done or made ready by passage. She Who Works Miracles With Fabric, took some Blue, White and yellow fabrics and made 2 tops in the Rolling Pin pattern -- from Me And My Sister Designs. I quilted one last Friday, delivered it to BB and it went out to be bound, so maybe we will get it back this week. I'll do the other one next week.

GIVE AWAY!! In honor of these being quilted this month... I am giving away a copy of the Rolling Pins Pattern. Leave a comment to be entered, it runs till Monday the 21st of July (10 days)

I am a Utility Quilter, not an Heirloom Quilter. What does that mean? It means that the quilts I quilt are meant to be used. Loved. Drug around, tossed in the washer, dryer and generally abused. I have been working to figure out how to quilt, the way I want to quilt, in a fast and efficient manner to keep the cost low for those who want me to quilt for them. By Quilting Passage quilts I get the opportunity to quilts lots of different quilts and gets lots of practice, trying different things. I like to make a single pass, free hand quilt, with little or no cutting of thread. No super tight fills but hopefully good thread movement. Here is a picture of a quilt thats ready to be trimmed and bound.

Amy from TheCalicoCat sent me 2 tops from her pre-baby destash for charity. One of them is a pieced strippy quilt, with the strips going left to right instead of up and down. Is there name for that pattern? idk. Anyway its wonderful! Just the kind of work I like doing, a nice blend of contemporary fabrics and style with a splash of tradition. I am doing a "feathers to fill" pattern like the above pink/green. Except that because its a "strippy" I am trying to make each strip a bit different but related.

I wanted to get it finished today to take it to Passage but I am going to take longer than 2 hours to quilt it and so I will bind it myself. I will keep you posted. :)
Tech Talk: I was gonna use a King Tut thread called "baby blanket" but it proved too dark, so I switched to Maxi-Lock "pastel sprinkles". I am using Bottom Line 620 cream on the bobbin.

Above on the Rolling Pin Top I floated the top by not rolling it up on the bar. A frequent passage shortcut. Notice I rolled up the The Calico Cat HB top, I am using this top as a practice run for a paid job. I float tops a lot. I usually float tops I quilt for me and passage but when I am getting paid I won't. It doesn't seem to make a difference in the quilt but its a time thing. I really hate pinning on. Really hate it, so much so, that I must be paid to do it. ;D

Please leave a comment and get entered in the give-away (be sure that I can contact you, is your email included or on your profile?)
as always
Quilters Rock!


Millie said...

Sign me up! I love your Bali Pop tutorial! I am eager to try one. I'm thrilled you liked my quilting blog.


Anonymous said...

I know some BB quilters who had better get moving on some Passage Quilts then.

Anonymous said...

I have so enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it a little while ago. Please keep posting! And yes, sign me up for your giveaway!


Anonymous said...

What an inspiration you are. I have been reading your blog for about the last month and you Have given me some great ideas. Please throw my name in the hat for the giveaway and thanks.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

MichelleB said...

I love that quilt that you have "floated", and I LOVE the feathers that you have done. I don't have a long arm, but I'm determined to learn how to do feathers. I'd love to be in the drawing, too.

jacquie said...

Oh Rachel...I know I've said this before...the quilting is spectacular. I do wish you lived next door. Keep up the great work!

Jackie Russell said...

Love the Rolling Pins pattern. Your feather quilting looks great!

KateKwiltz said...

Beautiful work! Glad I found you, you're giving me ideas!

Unknown said...

Your quilting is amazing! I am a self-taught beginner learning all I can online, I have about 8 or 9 under my belt and just trying to stipple on my home machine . . . so much respect for what you do!

Jenna Z said...

I love that pattern and that quilt is so wonderful! I love quilts that are meant to be used. I don't have time or space for things that just look pretty. :)