A little Linus love

Now that the studio is all back together and the big Bernina is back in place, I was able to show Linus some love.  I have several tops that I pieced over the summer that need to be quilted and turned in.  This was the first one. 

I really do love this pattern for Linus quilts.  It's easy and fast.  The whole thing is pieced from 2.5" strips and bricks.  It's got a lot of diagonal seams, so is a good one for that method I use to sew diagonal lines, using a post it...sorry, can't remember when I described that.  And, when it was time to quilt, I just did ditch work around the stars.  Simple, and it only took a few hours.  Everything for this quilt came from the "free" pile.  It's all scraps, leftovers, and things that people gave me to use in Linus quilts..   

I still need to bind it.  I want to do a foldover binding because it's easy, but I'm not sure yet.  There are some issues, like I think I didn't leave myself enough fabric on one side. 

The pattern is Barbed Wire from the book Twosey-foursey Quilts by Cathy Wierzbicki.

All is good here.  We laugh.  We laugh a lot.  And, we make mistakes.  Not sure I can say anything better than that. 

Yesterday was my new managers big annual review meeting.  It was the first time I got to sit in one.  Much ado.  But, now it's over.  He and I took a walk to the cafeteria, for a cup of coffee.  Of course, the cafeteria was closed, but we took the chance to just sit at a table, not in an office, and have a chat.  He works in Cleveland, so we won't see one another often and he wanted to make that personal contact.  It was really cool and, while I'm very independent, it made me feel important. 

Okay, that's it for me today.  Everybody have a great...whoa!  is it Wednesday already?



lw said...

That quilt is really cute, and I love the idea of quilting to puff out the stars.

I think for a child's quilt, I would always use a bias binding, because they get washed so often. The few quilts I made in the early 90's that I bound by folding over all eventually opened up at the edge when the one long thread that was holding them closed gave way. With the bias binding, there's thousands of threads holding them closed, so I've never had a failure of a bias binding. The other thing that's failed for me is poly batting; it eventually eats it way through the seams. Takes about 10 years to do it, though.

Kath said...

I love this quilt with all the lovely shades of red. Good tip about the binding from your previous commenter.

jane said...

lovely quilt! Love the red of it. A kid would really love it!

Barb H said...

That red and white quilt is very, very nice. I agree with lw about the binding. The fold over bindings I did as a novice quilter all came undone, as she also experienced. A bias binding makes the most sense. For all you know, that quilt may be treasured for many, many years. Great work!

Carla said...

Love that quilt. On baby quilts I do a fold over binding but then I do a zig zag or and "S" type stitch all around. I figured it will hold better after several washings than me hand stitching the binding,