Here’s what I’ve been working on. These are ready to be dropped off at my “local” (an hour away) collection site which is Quilter’s Emporium in Stafford, TX.
https://youtu.be/lEt09HZtmhA Click link to watch video clip on Project Linus.
Here are instructions on how to participate in Project Linus. Click on the “Download” to download a PDF file with the instructions.
Project Linus Instructions:
Hopefully you saw my Project Linus video and it answered some of your questions. I started with PL in upstate NY at least ten years ago. It’s nationwide and a worthwhile charity to support either with your quilts or blankets or in other ways. Be sure to look on the PL website for many helpful links, ideas and patterns. https://www.projectlinus.org/
See finished crocheted edge above as well as some of the tools you’ll need.
- Fleece (usually in 60” widths, anti-pill is best) [yourfleece.com gives a discount for PL blanket fleece if you call & talk to them.]
- Rotary cutter with Skip-Stitch blade (available through PL store: projectlinus.org & other sites online with varying prices) (above)
- Cutting mat (above) & ruler
- Scissors or regular 45mm rotary cutter to trim fleece before you begin crocheting
- Yarn (acrylic, solid or variegated)
- Crochet hook size J (above)
- Large eye tapestry or yarn needle either plastic or metal (above)
• Cut fleece to desired size. I do 40” x 60” but the PL website has other sizes suggested also.
• Be sure to cut off selvage edges. (google selvage if this is a new term)
• Make holes along all 4 sides using Skip-Stitch rotary blade about ½” from edges.
• Crochet: make a slip knot about 6” from end of yarn to make a loop.
• Begin crocheting in the middle of any side by inserting crochet hook from top side of blanket to back. Insert crochet hook though and pull yarn through to make another loop. (I go from right to left around the blanket.)
• You will have 2 loops on your hook now. Pull yarn through both and then pull yarn through new loop on your hook. Repeat.
• At corners, add an extra stitch so it won’t pull tight as you go around. Put 2 stitches in corner hole. Then continue around as before.
• When finished, tie off. (Tie a small knot in yarn to secure ends. Cut yarn, leaving 6” tail.
• Weave tails into stitches with your large eye needle in opposite directions.
• You’re finished! If you like, you can do another row all around or add some decorative crochet stitches to make a scalloped edge. Look on You Tube for ideas & how-to videos. In the photo above you can see the finished crocheted edge on a Project Linus blanket.
Look on the PL website for drop off locations in your state. Click on “chapters” tab. Click on your state and then find your city. Click on the green/white flag to see locations near you. There will be an address, phone & email so you can contact the drop-off site/person.
I live in a rural town SW of Houston that has no drop off in my town. However, Houston has 3 drop off sites. The one I use is the Quilter’s Emporium, 11925 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX that’s the closest to me. Find a drop off site close to you and take as many blankets as you can finish. Again, be sure to check out and follow the guidelines given on the PL website. Thanks for learning about PL & I hope you too become a Project Linus blanketeer
Collage Quilting Video: Click on link to watch video.
I hope you enjoy the video I made about “collage quilting” which is new to me though it’s not a new technique. Like paper collages, fabric collages consist of small pieces of fabric attached to a background fabric. The final step is to make the “quilt sandwich” of top, batting and backing which is then quilted. I’ve also attached some written instructions in the PDF file.
Click on link to download instructions: Collage quilting instructions 2
Please check out the little e-book I wrote with suggestions about how to get started in quilting: advice on equipment and tools you will need, where I buy fabrics and things I wish I’d known when I started out on my quilting adventure. It’s for sale on Amazon as an e-book for $.99. The following link takes to Amazon.
In this video I try to explain some of the many choices of battings for your quilts and why I like certain ones.
This is my design wall: how it was made and what it’s useful for in the quilting process.
I’ve already loaded the quilt back, the batting and the quilt top on the frame and I’m getting ready to quilt this quilt by stitching all the layers together. I’m using my APQS Lenni.
This video shows me completing the row of stitching (quilting) I started in the first demo video. As you can hear, Lenni is noisy though I have to say that it doesn’t seem that loud when I’m there working. The size of this quilt allowed me to do one pass using one bobbin so I didn’t have to stop to wind another. (but that’s another story)
This is me standing behind Lenni doing a pantograph (a design printed on paper 14″ x 12′) using my laser to follow (trace) along the lines.
Yes, I have too many pigs. (many more than I’ve got on this shelf). Another story.
My cutting board, a rule, scissors and a rotary cutter = how it all starts once I get an idea in my head for a new quilt. (I remember cutting quilts out before rotary cutters became available to home quilters!)