Happy New Year! I am starting off with a project I do about twice a year – make scrap blocks, and then quilts from those. I take my scrap basket out, and start sewing fabrics together, helter skelter, any colors and designs next to anything else that looks like it will fit. After sewing two pieces, I press seams, then square things off, and sew on more strips as necessary until I get a block that is 8.5″ square. My scrap basket usually yields upward of 200 blocks at a time!! That is roughly equivalent to 10 yards of fabric.
No two blocks are alike, which pleases me, and the process can be a trip down memory lane as well, as I remember what each fabric was used for, or where it was purchased.
Then, those blocks go into quilts for either Rainbow Hospice, or Project Linus. Each quilt is unique, as each block is something new. Hospice wants smallish quilts, lap sized, so 12 blocks are used for each one, with a white sashing, and a colorful border to finish it off.
Occasionally, I quilt a phrase into the border of a quilt destined for Project Linus – “Hope you like bright colors”. My fantasy is to someday see or meet a young person who has one of these quilts.
There are some scraps left over from this process also, so I donate those to the local elementary school, park district or day care center.
Here is one example of one of my scrap block quilts.
Do you remember Linus from the old Peanuts cartoons? He was Lucy’s little brother, and he carried a blanket with him for many years. It provided not only security, but could be used to swat flies, or swaddle his head when he was a shepherd in the Christmas pageant. He went into withdrawal when the blanket had to be washed and dried!
There is an organization called Project Linus that collects hand made blankets for children in hospitals or shelters. The blankets can be knitted, quilted, crocheted, or just be made of polar fleece fringed at the ends. Over 4 million have been donated so far!!! While that is a lot of children in distress, it also feels so good to think that they get a blankie!
A couple of times a year, I crank out blankets for this fine organization. Sometimes, I get out my fabric scraps and start sewing them into 8″ blocks. My scraps can easily yield 200 blocks, twice a year! Then I make the blocks into blankets for Project Linus.
On our quilting frame, I can actually write a message on some of these blankets. There are a number of them out there that say “Hope You Like Bright Colors”, in the border. My fantasy is to see one someday, or meet a child who got such a blanket.
Here is one of my latest donations to Project Linus, with my “model”, a teddy bear! Also, here is the website, in case you’d like to join the many blanketeers, nation-wide.