Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Project Linus Day

We had a lovely time on Monday at our Meriden Patchwork Group.  We meet in the Village Hall, usually just for the afternoon.  But as this was our last meeting before the summer break we had  a Project Linus Day.  Wendy leads the group and as she does endless work for Project Linus - making quilt tops from scraps, stash and donated fabrics and orphan blocks, she donates the backing and batting, and much of the fabrics for the tops, quilting them on her long arm etc - the group always makes tops for her at this last meeting which lasts for most of the day..

I haven't been able to go before so I was interested to see how it worked.  Wendy had done SO much preparation, creating kits with an instruction picture to follow.  Each kit was different, some included orphan blocks, others blocks that Wendy had made.  All the sashing strips and cornerstones were cut to size and the border fabric was cut to the right width - we just had to cut them to size once the rest of the top was completed.

During the five hours we were together 9 of us completed 13 quilt tops!

Here they are:

Liberty prints:
 I loved this Miffy quilt, the appliqued pictures were delightful.
This one included machine embroidered chickens:

 This quilt top was made entirely by Carol using lots of her Mother's scraps.

 Another one by Carol from her Mother's scraps.
 Some great I Spy pictures alternating with Log Cabin blocks.

 Batik squares and rectangles in this one
 Alternating squares and 9 patches

 This is the one I put together. I love sashing and cornerstones so chose this kit to sew up.  Great fun. The strippy blocks Wendy made are so colourful - an idea I have squired away for future baby quilts.
As each one was finished it was pinned to the stage curtains, then onto the window curtains, the last two laid out on a table as by then we were packing up and putting tables and chairs away.
Wendy will work her magic on these tops, turn them into quilts and sew on bindings.  Then a willing band of friends will hand sew the back of the bindings.
My photos don't really do these quilts justice as it was a dreadfully wet day and  SO dark.. Not like a summer's day at all!


  1. Well done to the group for achieving so much. They do look lovely. It's amazing what we can do with bits and pieces...

  2. Some great quilt tops here! I'd love to have a rummage around in Carol's mums scraps!