Friday, April 11, 2008

Instructions for the Guild Block

Now it's really quick and easy to make something for Project Linus! Guild members can use this pattern to whip up the following block in no time using leftover bits of fabric from your projects. It's based on 2 1/2" strips (jelly roll size). Bring the blocks to any guild meeting, and Linus Committee members will assemble them into quilts. Thanks so much!

Unfinished block size: 6-1/2” x 9-1/2”

Cut the following
Outside color:
cut 2 rectangles: 9-1/2” x 2-1/2”
cut 2 squares: 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”

Contrast color:
cut 1 rectangle: 5-1/2” x 2-1/2”

Sew one 2-1/2” square to each end of the small rectangle.
Next sew one large rectangle to the top and one large rectangle to the bottom. You’re finished!

You can also make 4 blocks at once if you prefer. Here are the instructions:

Cut the following
Outside color (A):
Cut 2 2-1/2” strips by width of fabric (WOF)
Cut 1 20” x 2-1/2” strip
Subcut this 20” strip into 2 2-1/2” squares and 3 5”x2-1/2” rectangles
Contrast color (B):
Cut 1 22” x 2-1/2” strip and subcut this into 4 5-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

Assemble into a long strip starting with 2-1/2” A, next alternate 5-1/2”B pieces and 5”A pieces, ending with a 2 1/2” A. See picture below:
Next sew the 2 WOF strips to the top and to the bottom of the long strip you just made.
Subcut into 4 9-1/2” blocks. Be sure to even the ends and check your ruler as you go to keep the blocks squared up to the right measurements.
You're finished! Don't they look great?
A word on fabric choices
We ask that you use bright, kid-friendly fabrics. The kids who receive these quilts need love and cheer. Not everything has to be for little children, however, as teens also receive blankets from Project Linus. We will try to match the tone of blocks we receive to make blankets for different ages. But please, be sure the blocks are cheerful!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Fun quilts!

This attic window quilt looks complicated, but it's very simple to make -- we use a half-square triangle in the corner of the block so there are no Y seams. This cute quilt was put together by a guild member from one of our kits that uses donated fabrics. Every window has an animal print. This quilter also did a great job and the two-tone binding is fun! (Sorry, the following 2 photos are sideways -- for the past couple days I have not been able to load a rotated photo.)
This baseball themed quilt was put together with some already-cut fabrics.
The next two quilts were dropped off at Sew Sassy for Project Linus. Both of them have soft, fuzzy minkee in some of the squares -- what a delight for a child to touch! This one has a puppy dog theme.
This dinosaur quilt is bright and really cute! It's just a panel with squares and an inner border, but it's a fabulous quilt!
Thank you to these anonymous quiltmakers! Your work is very much appreciated.