Livin’ La Vida Linus

My Quilting Helper

Marie was my helper for the day!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just really, really needed to get things done? Not a “I have to get this done” day, but a “oh, no, I’m running out of time, I HAVE to get this done!” day?

I had one of those yesterday.

You see, The Linus Connection meets on Saturday, and until yesterday, I did not have one quilt completely finished.

Enter the next five quilts.

I free-motion quilted the two Stars For Linus quilts as well as the blendy floral quilt that I’ve dubbed “Oh no, not *that* quilt.”

I bound those three quilts as well as the other two shown below.

Today? I can barely raise my arms after all that free-motion quilting. Who says quilting isn’t exercise?

Stars For Linus

Stars For Linus Quilt #1

Stars For Linus

Stars For Linus Quilt #2

Stars For Linus

A close-up of my free-motion. I fought with my machine all day yesterday, changing needles, thread and changing my bobbin to get this done. I’m still not great at free-motion, but if I can find the right mix to make my sewing machine  (and by default, me!) enjoy it, I think I could get better.

Stars For Linus Tag

The label I put on each of the Stars For Linus quilts. After all, it was a group effort!

Stars For The Linus Connection 

a free 12″ pattern

for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”

Remember, I’m also accepting Wonky Stars…if you’d rather! Please makes sure they are also 12″.

Oh No, Not That Quilt

Oh no, not that quilt! I still can’t decide if I like this one or not… Experimentation with fabric samples and the 10 Minute Block.

Zepellin Threads BOM Orphan Block quilt

Zeppelin Threads orphan block quilt. The two house blocks were donated by Cat and Pren. I pieced the rest and did the straight line quilting a couple of weeks ago.


Zepellin Threads BOM Orphan Block quilt

I love how the quilting worked out on this, though you can’t quite see all of it. There’s a lot of stitching in the ditch. I tend to do a lot more straight line quilting because my sewing machine behaves better when I do.

Quilt from JoAnn M.

Quilt top donated by JoAnn M. Quilted by my friend Marge, bound by me…yesterday. This was the last quilt I worked on last night before giving up for the day.


JoAnn M - quilting close-upClose up of Marge’s quilting, done on a Handi-Quilter.

Today, I am giving myself the morning off to spend with my bee. I’ve worked extra hard every day this week and am in need of a respite!

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6 thoughts on “Livin’ La Vida Linus

  1. Paige

    They all look really good! It’s amazing what a difference the quilting makes to the overall appearance of a quilt. Thank you for your hard work to benefit kids in crisis. Blessings to you!

    1. ofenjen Post author

      Quilting really does make a difference, doesn’t it!? It means a lot to me to be able to share blankets with children that need them. What better payment than making a difference in a child’s life?

  2. Aalia

    The free-motion quilting looks just great! It adds an extra layer of happiness to the star quilts. I can’t believe how much you got done. Are you hand-binding all these? The black binding on “that” quilt really pulls it together.

    1. ofenjen Post author

      Ha, well, I’m good, but I’m not that good! On quilts that I intend to be used, i.e., quilts for kids to drag around, I stitch the binding to the back of the quilt and then I topstitch it to the front. It goes on faster and it’s a bit more durable than hand binding. I do hand bind wall hangings and quilts that won’t be washed quite as much.

      I love free-motion, but I’m still looking for just the right combination to make my sewing machine love it, too.

      I though the black binding really helped “that” quilt, too!

  3. Michele

    Love seeing the blocks I sent you in the second star quilt. All of the quilts are gorgeous. Really, how do you get so much done in a day??


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