Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Finishing Touches

Adding binding to Welcome Home
May 2015
When the Quilts of Valor are returned to me from the volunteer longarm quilter, I add the finishing touches. Sometimes excess backing and/or batting needs to be trimmed before I can begin. I prepare the binding and add a label (I machine sew two sides of the label the same time I sew on the binding). Once the binding has been attached by machine to the front side of the quilt, I turn it to the back and hand-tack it.

Once the binding is secured, the quilt is thrown into the washing machine with a color catcher and laundered. Sometimes the color catcher is red and other times it is blue, depending on which color bleeds in the wash. After the rinse cycle, the quilt is tossed in the dryer and comes out clean and wonderfully crinkled.

I fold the quilt, add a presentation case and deliver the Quilts of Valor to the Wyoming State QOV coordinator at Sheep Camp Quilt Supply.

9 comments:

  1. Making a QOV is on my bucket list and I even have the fabric gathered to make one. Maybe this summer when I have a little time off I'll get it (the top) made.

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  2. I can tell you really enjoy making those quilts. :-) Love the prints on this one. :-)

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  3. This is the best part of quilting, putting on the binding, that means it's almost done :) This ones looking pretty and I love what the longarm quilter did. I see you have a Bernina, I have two and just LOVE them.

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  4. Interesting description of the process. You are a very busy person Nancy and so many benefit from your activity. What a wonderful gift you give to a worthy project! I love the name "Welcome Home."

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  5. It's got to feel very rewarding to finish up the final details of a QOV. Looks GREAT!

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  6. I am so impressed with the process. They did tell us the whole steps when Larry was honored with his quilt. So cool that so many hands help

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  7. You are doing better than I am. I'd be sewing both sides of that binding down by machine. I've been having good luck doing that. I've stepped back from QOV quilts as I was shipping them to Colorado and spending more money then I wanted to to get them there. I haven't pursued closer options. For now I'll stick with the NICU at a local hospital, the nursing home and a few donation quilts for auctions/raffles. Keep up the good work.

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  8. Thanks for all you do for the Quilt of Valor Project! It is good to hear all the details:)

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  9. Is washing a requirement of QOV? I think it's great that you do this. Bonnie above brought up a good point about the shipping cost. Is there a way to do that cheaply?

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