Last year I missed the annual October “Project Linus” quilt/blanket drive at my LQS because I was traveling for a good chunk of the month and insufficiently organized to get something made ahead of time.
This year I started early. Back in the spring, when tidying up the sewing room, I cut a bunch of smallish scraps into 2.5″ squares, which seemed like a potentially useful size. Some time later, when I was in “puttering in the sewing room mode,” I paired up lighter and darker squares and figured out I had enough for a modest rectangular checkerboard, which I pinned in to-be-rows and stuck back in a ziplock baggie in the “misc. not-quite-projects” bin. I pulled them out and sewed up the pairs at some point during the summer, as “betweeners” on something else (“Hopscotch,” maybe?).
A couple weeks ago I snuck in sewing the pairs into rows and the rows into a checkerboard as I was working on piecing Mum’s jacket. Then, when I needed more of a break from beige, I cut and added a couple of bright borders to bring this up to baby sized (36″x44″).
Saturday I backed it with a flannel print and layered and pin-basted it. Sunday I got the whole thing quilted, bound, and DONE… in just two sessions of not-very-long each. Here you see me finishing up the straight line quilting used on the center and the striped border. The red border has now been meandered and bound in an orange print. I’ll take more pics as soon as it’s been washed… I’m a bit wary of that dark red border. My fabric is all pre-washed, so it shouldn’t bleed into the lights, but I’m adding “those color-catcher sheet things” to my shopping list just in case.
I’ve got another (larger) charity project up on the design wall, in hopes I can get it done in time for Victoria’s “Bumble Beans Basics” quilt drive. You may have noticed I’m not the speediest quilter around when comes to finishing thing up. Fingers crossed.
Do you have a charity quilt in the works? Where’s your favorite place to donate?