Sunday, May 20, 2012

Project Linus - Third Sunday Group - April

Our Third Sunday group met today, but let me play catch up and tell you about our Sunday, April 15, 2012 meeting. Our small group of Project Linus blanketeers meets at JoAnns Fabrics in Independence, MO on the 3rd Sunday of every month to make blankets.

Jodie is our dedicated leader and she creates quilt kits for us. There are also quilts ready to tie and quilt tops with backing fabric and batting to create the quilt sandwich.

Our April quilt top project was Fat Quarter Big Blocks, a 38" by 54" quilt top made from 6 fat quarters and 1/3 yard of accent/border fabric. This was a really Fast & Fun quilt top and 5 quilt tops were finished instead of our more typical 2 or 3, or occasionally 4.

Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top

I lost track of who stitched most of the tops, so I'll just dive in and show the tops.

This first one is bright and reminds me of summer. I think it's the combination of the tone on tone green print (grass) and the flowers and butterflies on the navy background that give me that summer feeling.

Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top

Can you say "ORANGE?" Put your sunglasses on before looking at this second quilt top! It screams "orange" and the red prints and green flower print just add to the brightness.

Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top

Stand up and salute the 3rd Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top. Red, white and blue with U. S. flags and a sky blue print. Just picture those flags flying in the breeze. You can't get more patriotic than this.

Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top

With pastel prints and Easter eggs (or are they jelly beans), this quilt top says "Spring." Jodie stitched this top, proving that even the person who writes the pattern doesn't always read and follow directions. She stitched the blocks with all of them oriented the same way instead of rotating every other one 90°.

Fat Quarter Big Block quilt top

Child's Play: with Mickey Mouse, colorful toy trains, and a yellow print with the alphabet, this quilt is for the child in everyone. I stitched the top at our April meeting and took this picture after layering it with a back and batting and quilting. I deliberately strayed from Jodie's written instructions and did the corners differently.

Cars and red flannel

I had a fun Cars™ print on flannel that my sister found at a thrift shop that fit the "Child's Play" theme. It wasn't long enough, so I used some red flannel to lengthen it and used it for my quilt back. I quilted in most of the ditches and stitched an 'X' through the large patches. That is enough quilting for the Warm & Natural batting that I used.

double four-patch quilt

Sandy turned in this Beary Fun double four-patch quilt last month. Isn't it cute? She used the serpentine stitch on her machine to quilt a grid based on the four-patches.

As always, click on any picture for a bigger view.

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