Project Linus Quilt #2

Another Project Linus quilt completed! I finished this quilt in August and turned it in to the organization at my local quilt show. While I was there I grabbed another quilt kit with turquoise and grey floral fabric, polka dots, and a beautiful grey flannel back. I look forward to piecing that one together!

Let me show you the quilt I completed for Project Linus this year. I love the retro ice cream shop fabric and the kit had some fantastic pairings including a minty blue fabric for the HSTs. I made tiny four-square cornerstones and added pairs of sashing strips, alternating them throughout the quilt. Quilting was a bit troublesome. I quilted 1/4″ away from the HST seams and stitched in the ditch along the sashing. The batting was thicker than I’m use to and I found it difficult to quilt and keep the sashing taught with all those seams. There was a bit of bunching and shifting, but I did my best to complete the quilting in this manner. In the end, it was hardly noticeable.

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The retro ice cream fabric makes up the entire back of the quilt and a blue polka dot fabric finishes the quilt in the binding. As I was putting away all the fabric remnants into the kit bag, I discovered a little baggie labeled “Borders”…. facepalm … oops, oh well the quilt was still a descent baby quilt size without the borders. The ladies from the organization told me it was no problem and that they could easily place them with another kit 🙂 I think I will set myself a goal and complete two Project Linus Quilts next year.

For those who don’t know, Project Linus is an organization that donates hundreds of blankets every month to children in need. There are chapters in all 50 states and blankets are collected locally, then distributed locally to hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and more.

Proud to be a Blanketeer!


Scenic Route Baby Quilt

I’ve had this baby quilt complete for about a month now, but just recently gifted it. I’m happy to now share with you my Scenic Route baby quilt. I named this quilt after the main line featured by Riley Blake Designs. I found some great coordinating solids and prints that made this baby boy quilt so cheerful. To showcase all the fun prints of Scenic Route, I decided on the trusty strip quilt by Thirty Handmade Days. I’ve used this pattern many times and it’s one of my favorites for a baby quilt. I made some minor adjustments by using less strips for a smaller quilt. I quilted along each strip 1/4″ away from the seam and added zig-zag quilting in the large strips to keep everything in place. I backed the quilt in a solid brown neutral that matches the little squirrels and finished it off with a pop of orange binding.

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Quality inspection met all expectations and passed with flying colors from the sewing inspector below!

(Quilt washed before gifting!)

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UFO Challenge #3

I completed my July UFO Challenge 🙂 #3 on the list was to complete my TBT (Traditional Block Thursday) quilt top. I started these blocks at the beginning of 2015 as a quilt along with Penny Rose Fabrics. Many of these quilt blocks were my early teachings of piecing.

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Here’s the lovely fabric I found for the sashing and borders. The sashing has little triangles (Dear Stella Chroma Basics) and adds a little modern touch to this reproduction quilt.

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Here’s all the blocks pieced together with sashing, and Neko supervising of course 🙂

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As I worked through my quilt top, I noticed my thread running low. I’ve been working on this spool of thread…probably since I started this quilt!

I made it to the shop in time to get my completion check off and my name entered in the drawing. I received two submissions, one for the completion and the second for a large quilt top 😀 Now I just have to sew up a backing and quilt it! …maybe I’ll complete this quilt first thing next year… Little at a time, right?