University of Illinois quilt - stroller edition - part #1

The weather was getting nice here in the Midwest which means we can safely venture out of doors.  As I watch my granddaughter every day, I needed a way to bring her with me.  Off we sqre5went to Buy Buy Baby where we bought a stroller to keep at our house, one with orange trim.  When we saw it outisde and  in daylight we realized it was BLUE and ORANGE!  Oskee wow wow, it's a U of I stroller.  So logic tells us that Zara needs a University of Illinois quilt to go with it, n'est-ce pas?

sqre1Even though I have one quilt on the longarm, a pile of projects that I need to start and one almost done, I  immediately went to my collection of charm packs to start a new University of Illinois quilt.  Yes, I do know I have quite a few and no, I don't think I need professional help.  I flipped through all of them, concentrating on kid collections, and pulled out anything orange and then some blue. I was pretty happy that I could find enough right in my sewing room because if the fabric comes from there, then it's a freebie project, correct?

I arranged the charms and sewed them in strips.sqre2  For the blue, I went to my collection of blue solids left over from my City Quilt solid blues.  I cut strips the same length as the charm pack strips and 5 inches wide.  It all zipped together sqre3so fast.  I have lots of sewing I want to do for Zara but being with her actually prevents that from happening!  But busy or not, I was determined to get this quilt top done.

Here is the top, I love it!  And for the back, well U of I fabric of course.  And yes, I do happen tosqre4 have some of that in my hoarded collection stash.  I can hardly wait to quilt it all together.  I am already thinking about what quilting design to use.  Should I try to make U's and I's or just a geometric design?  I don't know but I first have to get the heart quilt finished and it's only half done.  When I get it done, I will share it with you and have Zara model it.  Making this University of Illinois quilt and ordering her an orange fleece to complete the look just about guarantees warm weather will return and she will never get to use it.  You're welcome.

Wait!  Why am I writing? I got some quilting to do!

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