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Thread: Linus quilts #4

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    Here are a few more.
    Ellie

    I love doing this string quilt pattern as it is so quick, easy and fun. Have done it in black, white & red and also in assorted misc. sraps and scraps of one color family. No two are ever alike.
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    love the string quilts

    about how big are these (finished size)?

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    Very nice quilts, I must try one of the string quilts after the holidays. I love donating to Linus charity. Win-win situation for all :lol:

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    I love the string quilts as well, especially the scrappy ones!

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    The average size of the quilts I make for Project Linus is 44 inches by 48 inches. Suitable for a child to cuddle under or a larger childs lap quilt.
    This is the size I can handle most easily, quickly and economicly.
    Have made some larger but those are mostly rag quilts.
    Ellie

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    All of your quilts are so pretty!! :D
    You have done a great job making
    them, too. Way to go!!
    :D :D :D

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    The string quilts are strips sewn diagonally to a base square of light weight non-fusible interfacing. Once the strips are sewn to the base, the blocks are squared up. Then the fun begins; arranging the blocks.
    Have arranged them in both a zig zag and, as in the black, white & yellow, to look like squares on point. Like the on-point arrangement best.
    Ellie

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    Great idea!! :D

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    PLEASE tell me it took years to make that many quilts!! :shock: Good job - like them all!

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    Beautiful & that black/yellow one is gorgeous!

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    Just finished a string quilt for Linus...aren`t they fun.... :lol:

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    Wow, you have been busy! They're great!!

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    Very nice.

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    Love the pattern.
    The B & Y is eye catching!
    Very nice!!

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    Donated the first (7) quilts to Project Linus in 2003 while teaching myself to make quilts for my grandchildren. Since then I've donated over 500 and am no longer counting, just stitching and sending them off.
    Since they are relatively small and I use simple blocks, strips and panels, most are quick and easy to sew. I avoid intricate patterns and too many match points for the most part.
    Ellie

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    Love the string quilts. Had hoped to be able to empty the laundry basket of all my leftover strips but, no matter how many I make, the basket is still overflowing. Those strips seem to multiply like rabbits when my back is turned.
    Ellie

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    I am not familiar with the string method. How do you sew the blocks together and how is it quilted? I generally make them using the flip and sew so it is quilted when finished but I have to put the blocks together.

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    Is there a pattern for the string quilts? Size of strips? are the sown onto the interfacing on the diagnonal?

    In advance, THANKS,

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    No pattern. Strips are sewn on the diagonal starting with the center, corner to corner strip long enough to cover the corners of the foundation. After that, it's just adding strips on each side using the sew and flip method until the foundation is covered. Turn the completed block wrong side up, center the diagonal line of a large square ruler between the starting 2 corners and trim excess fabric and foundation to your block size.
    I usually cut my blocks about 1/2 in. smaller than original foundation as there is some shrinkage during sewing. I also cut fabric squares, cut them into half sq. triangles and use them to fill the last 2 corners instead of using strips. Quicker and saves fabric in the long run.
    Any width strip can be used although the wider the strip, the less interesting the final block will be. Mixing the widths and even using those that are angled or purposely anglling some is fine.
    Just go for it and use up those leftovers.
    Ellie

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    Ellie, I love your quilts and I loved learning how you accomplished this. I am so glad I joined this group. I just love seeing all the different things people are working on. Now I'm going to have to tuck this idea back for a future project for sure.

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