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    Another way of doing scrappy quilts for Project Linus, I am the North Wales Coordinator for them, is to get some plain Quilters Muslin, I can get it at a really good price locally, make it up and back it with Fleece, leaving out the batting, it makes a lovely, light but cosy quilt.

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    Question: What is the difference in this and a crazy quilt?

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    Yes, it would. I have done something similar before.

    I guess I'll have to make another. DH has decided that he can't do without this quilt. I'll probably get it bordered tomorrow.

    You may note that I have staggered the blocks, ro reduce the bulk of the corners, since I decided to do without sashing on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM
    Yes, it would. I have done something similar before.

    I guess I'll have to make another. DH has decided that he can't do without this quilt. I'll probably get it bordered tomorrow.

    You may note that I have staggered the blocks, ro reduce the bulk of the corners, since I decided to do without sashing on this one.
    Thank you for sharing. A wonderful and QUICK way to use scraps. I love PP and this will be fun without all the tearing afterwards...:) A super quilt for the kids to use when on a picnic

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    Crazy quilting has a lot of embellishments like so: [IMG]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...razy-quilt.jpg[/IMG]

    BTW this is NOT one that I have done :( which I had.

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    Say, QultingaddictUK, on that fleece backing for Project Linus quilts, do you hand tie the quilt or machine quilt it? My hands are arthritic so I do everything by machine quilting. Does Fleece stretch too much for a meandering stitch?

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    very nice and what a great way to use all those scraps...I also see some of my fabric stash in there...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Thumbs
    Say, QultingaddictUK, on that fleece backing for Project Linus quilts, do you hand tie the quilt or machine quilt it? My hands are arthritic so I do everything by machine quilting. Does Fleece stretch too much for a meandering stitch?
    In a word yes the fleece does stretch but I still do it by machine by doing a small motif or group of stitches haphazardly, like "tying" but by machine, works a treat as long as you do plenty of them.

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    I have recently done 3 or 4 with fleece backs. I tried it once years ago and gave up on it. The difference is that now, when I am pin basting, I am rolling my work around a board (1x4, sanded carefully my my DH, with slightly rounded edges). I work to make it smooth, rather than pulling taut, as I used to do. Because I don't stretch the fleece, everthing comes out right. I quilt with a walking foot, generally in the ditch and once between block edges. I start in each direction in the middle and work out. No more puckers.

    I have also done the same method Quiltingaddict UK uses, using an asterisk stitch. That works nicely too.

    That is a lovely example of crazy quilting.

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    Thanks QM and QultingaddictUK. Wonder what would happen if I put the fleece on top rather than the bottom? I have the new Bernina Series 820 machine and imagine it has something like an asterisk stitch. Generally, I do a lot of cross-hatching on my charity quilts using a wavy serpentine quilting stitch.

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    Thank you so much, QM, for the tutorial. I love to make Project Linus quilts and I have lots of colorful scraps. This is a fun way to use them! I'm thinking of making 12 blocks with sashing in-between. I have heard of this idea but never really understood it till I saw your tutorial. Thanks! :thumbup:
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    You are most welcome That's a really nice block. You used lots of color and value contrast. I look forward to seeing your quilt. You are not alone in needing a push in the right direction. One member of my guild, who has been quilting for about 40 years insists that they MUST be made by paper piecing to look good. You proved her wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM
    You are most welcome That's a really nice block. You used lots of color and value contrast. I look forward to seeing your quilt. You are not alone in needing a push in the right direction. One member of my guild, who has been quilting for about 40 years insists that they MUST be made by paper piecing to look good. You proved her wrong.
    ditto, lovely block

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    Referencing the heart quilt back on Page Two, QM, are those hearts appliqued and if so did you raw-edge stitch all around? Seems that would take me too long for a charity quilt. I bet one could just cut out and let foundation show through too, albiet all the hearts would be the same color. Again, I would have to raw edge stitch for durability. Sure is a nice quilt and Valentine's Day is not too far off!

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    Those hearts were hand appliqud, although machine applique would work too.

    In every quilt, I put in the amount of time the quilt seems to require. I have hand appliqued several charity quilts. You need to do what is comfortable for you. I try to make every charity quilt be good looking and good work, regardless of how much work there is. I try for fabrics that make it interesting both for me and for the person who gets it.

    I have posted a pieced heart quilt I did, which was one of my earliest quilt designs. I don't find a picture of an early charity quilt that I did which was a large walking, fleece machine appliqued teddy bear holding 3 heart shaped balloons on strings. Feel free to do what works for you.
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    Boy ohhhh Boy does that look like GREAT FUN !!! :thumbup:
    Thanks so much for the tutorial !!! I'm gonna give it a try!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM
    Someone else commented that unused dryer sheets MAY cause damage to fabrics in the long run. In my opinion, used ones would work just fine. During the depression, newspapers were used and left in for more insulation. I would not recommend that. I have also used pieces of worn out sheets as foundations.

    This method has been done for as long as quilting has been done. It is not at all new, but it is fast, fun and lively, as well as being environmentally friendly, as we use more of the fabric we buy.

    BTW, you can use flannel, etc, but remember to leave larger seam allowances. The lamb print is a piece of flannel sheet.

    My great grandmother (dead long before I was born) combined hers with no sashings or borders. I prefer to sash and border mine, so I do use some "new" fabric. The back could be another set of scrappy blocks or a regular backing. If you use sashings and borders, they will need batting behind them.
    If you are using the pieces of batting then you are connecting the squares with the sashing.. is this what is meant by the quilt as you go method. so you would not add batting then when you get ready to add the back..or just in the sashing areas you add batting????? What you are showing looks fun. Im not getting the big finishing picture though.. LOL :)

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    Those are really pretty. You have given me an idea for foundations on my string quilts. Leftover batting. They would be warmer also. They would be great squares in a quilt that covers the feet. Mine are always cold.

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    So I am curious do you sew them into blocks or just keep making it bigger and bigger? What size? Just whatever scrap size backing I have? Thanks

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    Good to know. I wouldn't have used a foundation. You probably saved my from total frustration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    Looks like a lot of fun and absolutely no stress! Thanks for sharing.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Thumbs
    Thanks QM and QultingaddictUK. Wonder what would happen if I put the fleece on top rather than the bottom? I have the new Bernina Series 820 machine and imagine it has something like an asterisk stitch. Generally, I do a lot of cross-hatching on my charity quilts using a wavy serpentine quilting stitch.
    I would recommend doing it that way as you can then adjust the fleece if it starts moving or wrinkling as you will be able to see it immediately if it decides to misbehave :thumbup:

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    I feel the urge to make these blocks tonight, thanks for sharing your photos.

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    You are most welcome.

    These are on batting as the foundation. I also use old sheets, cut to size. It does not even matter if they have a little hole or 2.

    I have another quilt worth waiting for me to put it together. The ones from this set of photos are waiting to be backed etc.

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    I love this idea. I always have batting scraps and fabric leftovers. Eager to try. :D

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