Monday, June 15, 2009

Even kids can help!

At our last guild quilt show, Jennifer R. set up a Children's Corner where kids (and even grownups!) could color a block for Project Linus quilts. Here is the first quilt we've put together using those blocks. Thanks so much to Jennifer for doing this, and to Diane D. for piecing the top.
Here are two more quilts put together using our guild block. They are like I Spy quilts for kids. The blocks are simple to put together, and one of our guild members had her 7-yr-old granddaughter helping. Way to go, Debbie L.!

Friday, June 12, 2009

More quilts donated!

Some months ago we asked guild members to contribute a particular style of block made from their child-friendly scraps, and the response was tremendous! (Click here for the pattern.)
You'll see more blankets made from these blocks as they are finished being quilted and bound. Stitchers who participated in our February Make A Blanket Day pieced 9 or 10 tops using this pattern.

We just completed another heartstrings quilt. Because we piece them on muslin, we back them only with flannel or they get very heavy. This one has some wonderful quilting by Joe -- click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see it better. You could spend a long time checking out all the different fabrics, too.
Marion R. has made another embroidered block quilt. The overall photo didn't come out well, but here's a closeup of one of the blocks. Each block featured a child from another part of the world wearing traditional dress. As always, it's great quilt!
We also received several quilts based on squares (what a wonderful way to use up scraps!). This is an Easy Squares quilt made from one of the kits the Linus committee makes.
Here's another squares quilt.
And this is a rail fence made from donated fabric. It's a very cuddly quilt!
Thank you to all the guild and community members who have helped make these quilts. Often so many people contribute to making a single quilt that I don't know who all was involved and cannot thank them individually -- but know that they are very much appreciated!

Monday, June 8, 2009

June Linus worknight

My car sat a little lower on the drive home from the worknight. Sew Sassy is a drop-off location for Project Linus and there were several bags of blankets, mostly crocheted, to pick up. But there were also several cute quilts from Gramma Bunny and Joe. Bunny pieces the quilts and Joe quilts them.
As always, this cheery quilt had one of Bunny's trademark labels. Adorable!
Bunny made this quilt from a panel donated to Linus.
This John Deere one will be very much loved!
This one uses squares of a cowboy fabric.
Bunny used up lots of scraps in this Chinese Coins quilt.
This squares quilt is almost an I Spy.
Bridgie C. also brought some quilts with her. Here's a fun sky quilt.

And Bridgie's pretty-in-pink quilt will make someone very happy.
At the worknight Dixie and her daughter joined heartstring blocks to make this top.
Most people there worked on piecing strippie tops, and several people took strippie kits home to complete there. Wow, thanks! The pattern for these easy, fast, and delightful tops can be found under "Quick Strippie" at Mary Quilts. Why not check it out and make a quilt for Project Linus?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Quilts donated recently

Mary M. started with a panel to make this quilt that is sure to please a toddler or preschool child. She used her embroidery machine to stitch some choo-choo trains along the border. Thanks, Mary!
This is a committee Easy Squares kit completed by a guild member -- sorry, I don't know who made it.
Here's a cute squares kit donated by Bunny and quilted by Joe.
Nancy M. made this fleece blanket with a young girl she mentors through the local school. What a wonderful project to do together. Nancy said the student enjoyed it very much and wants to do another when school starts next year.
This checkerboard is one of the standard patterns we use for Linus quilts. Judy G., who makes many of our guild kits, completed both the following quilts. Thanks so much, Judy!

Amazing embroidery!

Marion R. has been having a great time using her embroidery machine to make quilts for her grandchildren, but she still finds time to make quite a few quilts for Project Linus. Since it's a little hard to see the detail in photos that show the whole quilt, here's a close-up of one of the blocks. Isn't it pretty?
Here's the entire quilt.
And here's another one with all sorts of vehicles.
Here's an adorable animal one.
And here's a pretty-in-purple quilt. (Sorry, the photo is really washed out.)
Thank you so much, Marion!

Quilt by committee

This beautiful rainbow quilt was made in large part at a Linus committee worknight at Sew Sassy a couple months ago.
Talese donated the kit and got the pieces organized, then several stitchers at the worknight stitched the blocks. Talese finished what was left and joined the blocks; Connie L. did her usual magnificent job of quilting. The quilt is so large that I couldn't hang it on my design wall to photograph! I hope it will be given to a teenager who needs a larger quilt. Thank you Talese for donating the kit, and of course your time and talent, and thanks to everyone else who helped make this gorgeous quilt!

Catch Up 12 -- and caught up!!

This post should catch us up on photos of quilts donated by the Illini Country Stitchers to Project Linus.
This is a "Fungly" quilt made from scrap fabrics. You can read about Fungly quilts here.
A checkboard quilt feature a car panel.
Bright and cheery squares and four patches!
A lizard whole cloth quilt.
A tropical paradise whole cloth quilt.
Another soft and cuddly whole cloth. These were made by Bunny, whose husband is practicing longarm quilting on Project Linus quilts.
And more flowers!

Catch Up 11

Getting close to being caught up!
Here's a lovely Chinese coins quilt that makes a great I Spy for a child.
Here's another Easy Squares quilt.
This quilt is put together from blocks donated by guild members. It's amazing what fun quilts can be made from scraps of fabric!
A fringed fleece quilt made using the pattern on the Project Linus website.
Cute hearts being pulled from the pockets on a quilt.
And here's the quilt with all those heart-filled pockets.
Lots of squares wiht a bright backing.

Catch Up 10

Still catching up!
A cheery 9 patch with bright yellow sashing.
And another cheery nine patch.
An Easy Squares quilt with lots of different novelty fabrics.
Embroidered squares with a 1930's style pieced background and borders.
A stack, cut, and rearrange quilt with sports fabrics.
An Easy Squares quilt in Illini colors.
A red-stripe heartstrings quilt.
Made from a pattern in a book, this cute color quilt was worked on by several guild members.