A TOUCH OF ORANGE
I’ve been very busy this week with quilting, but not with orange. So I’ll show you my bit of orange now. In preparation for making my orange Folded Box I did pick out my fabric choices today. This is how they compare with my blue Folded Box.
Getting down to business, I recently got a friend to help me pin my Mile a Minute quilt. I used a purchased fleece blanket for backing/batting. I took for granted that the blanket was 50×60 inches, as stated on the label. Bad mistake. It was a couple of inches less in both directions and was just barely large enough for the flimsy. Lesson learned. I stitched the perimeter to secure it, which helped, and the quilting itself went like a dream with my faithful walking foot. But the binding was really tough to do. So I still hate binding. But the entire job got done this week.
This Mile a Minute method has become a favorite, especially the chain piecing of scrap to scrap. My other favorite is a row quilt, which I’ve used for a number of Project Linus quilts. With one more fleece blanket left I decided to leave the walking foot in place and finish my charming pink and purple girl’s row quilt. My friend and I measured the fleece first this time. We had room to spare for the top, but to be sure, I trimmed both the width and length a bit.
After a follow up dental visit today I got a tall guy in our building to hold up both quilts for photos, so this is the pinned row quilt with ample fleece on all sides.
One sweet moment happened this weekend, when my granddaughter and her visiting exchange student from Japan came over to visit. This charming girl was delighted when she saw the Japanese dolls on the row top. I told her about the amazing quilting that is done in Japan. We all had a really special visit.
As soon as I get this second fleece quilt finished I will put my quarter-inch foot back and continue with orange. But it is so satisfying to see these Project Linus quilts finished in time for our October charity quilt collection.
A few of the trees are starting to get fall color. I hope that will be an encouraging sight to many of you who have been shocked and saddened by the storms. As expressed by officials in disaster areas, Please qdo help the victims by sending money, not quilts, which may end up in waste piles. Our postage cost alone can purchase needed supplies in bulk. Please send your donation to a charity you trust.