A couple years back we, the family, did a few Project Linus quilts all together. It was really fun to work on them as a family. This year, 2008, we did it again. The hubby did all the cutting, helped arrange and did the pinning. The kids helped with the arranging of the “puzzle pieces” and I did the sewing.
The first thing I did was sort out a stack of misshaped pieces. This is a total de-stash quilt. I then instructed the hubby to use his brilliant math skills to cut as many, larger pieces out of the odd shapes- as long as they were multiples of 3″. So (without the seam allowances) 3 x 3 or 3 x 9 or 6×6 or 12 x 12- You see, this way, they’d all go back together in the end.
To my surprise, we didn’t have that many stray pieces left over from the cutting process. The trick it to cut the largest piece you can- 12×12, so that in the end, if you need to cut it down- you can.
He looks like he’s done with pictures, right? Evidentially I’m messing with his creative chi. hee hee. I did manage to snap one more though, when he wasn’t looking. =)
Since the quilt has big chunky pieces and I did have an expert team passing me fabric pieces “These two go together mom… no no, like this.” It was finished in a weekend. I definitely should quilt more, with the family, de-stashing, for charity in 2009. It was very fun- and I think they enjoyed it, too.