Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I just love this pattern!




I'm down to the last strips of fabric from all the quilts made in these colors. I used this same pattern in one of the other Linus quilts and that arrangement made it look like each row had a stripe of color. This is more of a patchwork look and I have to say, even though it is a tad more time consuming to make it is very enjoyable to do. You work with 2 1/2" strips. For the small 2 1/2" blocks I sewed two strips together and cut the strip into 2 1/2" smaller strips. I sewed them to a 4 1/2" strip which is then sewn to another horizontal 4 1/2" strip. Two of these smaller blocks sewn together gives you a bigger block. This particular quilt is 36" across. It's a great way to use up the last of the strips of fabric. I love the colors and the patchwork look to it. I will probably use this same design for some future quilts.
The Children's Hospital has need for small quilts, lap quilts and crib quilt size for toddlers and kids in wheelchairs and even larger snuggle quilts for older children.
I dear friend of mine is in charge of Linus quilts for the Milwaukee area. She recently visited her local hospital and spoke with the staff about the quilts. I was really touched when she talked about telling the nurses that these quilts are made by quilters with a lot of love and positive energy and when they are being used it's like the child is always getting a "hug" of positive energy. She calls the quilts Baby Hugs which frankly I think is a perfect name for these quilts.

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