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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A long day's journey....

Things have been pretty quiet here at the Orphan Train. Most everyone is busy with one project or commitment or another. Including me. Of course I feel guilty about that, but it is what is. Last week a received a neat letter from Sue, Of From the Magpie's Nest. She has made a wonderful new Orphan Train quilt and wanted to share it with us. I'm going to add her words, but this time they will ALL be under the pictures and you'll have to fit them in where they go...LOL Today was a whole new form of getting this published from her files to my photo publisher...took awhile, but I got! Enjoy *VBS* 
 
 
 
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finished the top and backing for my flannel Lincoln Logs friendship quilt and realized that I still had a lot of flannel left over. Then I read about the Hope Squared Project (http://margaretshopechest.blogspot.com/). They’re trying to create some 400 quilts to distribute to homeless school children in Grand Rapids, MI. I have ties to the area and felt compelled to contribute something if I could. I started by cutting 3” patches out of my flannel scraps and making 4Patch blocks. Then I made a couple of heart blocks. Then some liberated stars. I decided I wanted to make a quilt big enough for an older child (but not as big as twin size!) so I started putting the blocks together in rows roughly 54” wide. I used strips of the flannel scraps as filler between the blocks and kept making 4Patch blocks as leaders and enders. I even made a few Pinwheel blocks. Eventually I put together four rows, each one 12 or 15” high. Then I had to figure out where to place the rows in relation to each other. There were some more strips added to make things fit, and the 4Patch and Pinwheel blocks sort of became top and bottom borders. Voila! A 54 x 72” quilt made entirely out of leftovers!

3 comments:

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

As I told Sue, it's just a fabulous quilt and well deserving of hopping on board Finn's Orphan Train!

I'm so delighted she went ahead and shared it with you, it needed to be seen by many. May it inspire all of us to get those other forgotten little orphans on board, even if we have to grab them (and us) by their thread tales!!!

And it only goes to show that even the best engineers, conductors, and caboose hanger on-ers can still learn new ways of doing, being, and giving!!! Wonderful, Sue!!!

scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful quilt. I love it. The colors are incredible. And knowing that it's going to a great cause is the BEST!! WTG Sue!!

jovaliquilts said...

I watched this develop on her blog -- I learn so much from seeing how people put things together! This is such a homey, cozy kind of quilt. :)

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