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The Linus Project #5

Finally completed the fifth quilt for the Linus Project.  I started working on five little quilts in December and thought I would get them all finished then.  So….. now they are done.  I’ll do more later in the year again.  It was fun, not at all difficult or time consuming.  I just was distracted by other projects.  It is the first project completed on the mid-arm quilter.

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I didn’t take the photo straight on, so it looks less than rectangular, but it really is quite accurately squared at the corners and is about 42″ wide by 25″ high.

 

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The ole black tote…

The “olde black (might I add winter)” tote just wasn’t cutting it anymore.  So a batik jelly roll set from Anthology inspired a colorful new spring tote.  Making purses and totes is quite addictive!  Just a dash of white on black polka dot ribbon made the colors pop – as if they weren’t already brilliant enough.  Spring is here!  (My laptop fits into it…. yea!)  It’s big enough to be a good travel tote.

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Florida Room…

Choosing a citrus-y orange color for the walls of our guest bedroom has turned it into what we call the “Florida” room, with cornflower blue and white as the accent colors.  A modern style bed quilt has been on my “to do” list for quite some time, so I put the colors together and followed a design found on Nancy Zieman’s web site, called The Quilt to Give.  I am not a fan of making large quilts, but decided to “stretch” myself a bit this year and learn some of the traditional quilting processes.  Strip piecing is certainly an easy place to begin, especially when it is a quilt-as-you-go project.  However, managing the backing, batting and strips all at once can be a challenge.  I basted (by machine) the backing and batting every 8 inches vertically before I started to add the strips (at the center). You can see a bit of the process and the almost completed bed quilt in the pictures below.  I still plan to add some overall quilting using my mid-arm Handi-Quilter, but it was a “quilt as you go” design, so the first level of quilting was completed as the quilt was pieced together.  Additional quilting is optional, and I hope to soften the overall colors by added some overall quilting with a white thread.  Enjoy!

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Above photo shows the strips on the design wall as the planning is underway.  In the photo below, the strips have been sewn together with the batting and backing in place.  One strip is placed on top of the batting and backing with another strip on top, right sides together.  Then a seam is stitched the full length through both strips.  The strips are folded open and pressed, with another strip added, right sides together, at each raw edge…. continuing until the quilt reaches the desired size.
 
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In the photo below, the quilt is being auditioned on the bed to determine how much bigger it needs to be.  The “inventive orange” walls which provided the incentive for the colors give you an idea of the setting where it will be used.  More pictures to follow when it is fully quilted and completed.floridaquilt-pre-quilting2