A Small Linus Quilt from Scraps


I’ve been donating quilts to the Greater Cincinnati Linus Project since I first started quilting 11 years ago.  Most of the donations (4 to 5 a year) have been twin size, but I’ve been having back problems which ruled out making anything that large.  I thought maybe I could handle making a smaller quilt and wanted to use some of the red, white and blue scraps I’ve accumulated.  I chose a simple pinwheel pattern and sized it to make a 9-1/2 finished block.

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Our Linus group prefers fleece rather than backing fabric and batting.  I chose a bright red fleece and made the binding from strips of the red scrap material.


I didn’t add a border and used very simple straight line quilting on my Bernina.  The quilt finished at 30×40 inches – a nice size for a young child to carry around.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

19 thoughts on “A Small Linus Quilt from Scraps”

  1. What a charming quilt! Love that you used scraps… makes it even better! A child will definitely treasure that snuggly comforting quilt!

  2. So pretty and such beautiful hand work – My Nana made the most wonderful quilts that we all still use. I think yours, being red white and blue will make the recipient so happy with all our patriotic holidays coming up – they will be dressed in style!

  3. What a precious little wrap up quilt for some sweet youngster in need of comfort, Lillian…love the scrappy look to it & you can never go wrong with red/white & blue! Nicely done.
    Sorry to hear your back has been bothering you. Have your tried the heat patches that you just stick on & they stay warm for hours & hours? Might help relive some of the soreness.

  4. I like your quilt a lot and I know some sweet young thing will like it a lot too. It looks great. This will be a wonderful snuggly quilt with the fleece backing. Great job!

  5. This is just beautiful, Lillian! I love red/white/blue quilts. I also like the idea of backing the quilt with the fleece – so much softer and comforting 🙂

  6. I think some scrap quilts are looming in my future–I consider them as ‘utility quilts’ and when they are finished I sometimes find they are too ‘nice’ to subjected to muddy cat paws. Larger projects, such as king-sized quilts, do seem more intimidating than in former years.

  7. It turned out beautiful! Just like the quilts my Grandma made! The Linus Project here gives quilts to all the special care babies at Wesley hospital and since Joshua was in the NICU for 4 days, he got one. We use it for tummy time so any time you see him on his tummy, that’s his Linus Project quilt (except for the most recent one b/c it was in the washer :))

    1. It’s interesting to hear from someone who received a Linus quilt. Since I’ve seen the pictures of Joshua on his tummy, I know the one you received is getting good use.

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