Community Quilts: On a Roll with Ray

Ray is a prolific longarmer.  Seriously, I can’t believe how much he gets done!!  Today community quilts are again, all Ray quilts which is great!!  I love seeing them.

This is the quilt I sent to Ray.  Oh my.  I loved this one.  So simple of a design but so cute.

There it is all finished….Ray writes:
I just completed another quilt and wanted to share it with you . It is from Joann in CA.”

I had to come up with a way to make it larger so that it would meet the minimum size of a quilt for Project Linus. Their minimum is 42″ x 48″. The top from Joann was 31″ x 40″. I dug in to my small stack of stash and found some yellow and green that I used to add 3″ borders of each color. Quilt is now 43″ x 52″.”

I think the borders really made it pop. I then found an e2e (edge to edge) pattern of balloons. To me balloons are always cheerful.”


Thanks again for sending the top my way. I think it will put a BIG smile on a child’s face.”

Ray has another quilt…I sent this one.

Ray writes:
Just finished getting this quilt for Project Linus off the longarm. Joann in California made the top. Along with it came a flannel backing sewn on like a duvet.”

Because it was a bit small, 38″ x 44″ I needed to take the backing off and add a a small border. I added a 2 inch white border to get it up to 42″ x 48″, the minimum.”

The big decision to make was a quilting pattern. I needed something that added interest to the wide pink strips. I finally came upon a bunnies and stars pattern to use.”

I like the way it turned out. The pattern helps to minimize the wide pink strips and makes the quilting much easier to see.”

The flannel is tucked away for another project and this quilt is now ready to brighten a child’s day.  Thanks again to for sending me the top to quilt for Project Linus.”

I was hesitant to send this top on.  I had looked at it and couldn’t decide what to do with it?  With the flannel backing on and the simple piecing, I didn’t know what could be done to give it some pizazz.  I think Ray did magic on it.  The quilt is awesome!!

Thanks so much for the quilt top donations.  This is so awesome to see all these quilts getting finished!!

I had two blog readers, Linda and Shirley, offer to send backing fabrics Ray’s way.  That is so sweet and very appreciated.  I’m so in awe of the great people who support the charity quilting project here.  Tops come from all places…now backings too.  With how fast Ray does quilts, he’s always going to be in need of fabric!!  THANKS for the support…and as always, if you have things you want to donate, let me know and I can set you up with someone who can use your donation.  Quite possibly I can give you their direct address and then we all only have to pay the post office once!!


14 thoughts on “Community Quilts: On a Roll with Ray”

  1. How much yardage is needed for a backing for Project Linus size quilts? If I wanted to also send some fabric for borders, what is a usable size?

    1. Paula-Backing for small quilts are about 3-4 yards worth. Border fabric should be about 1 1/4 yards to 2 yards I’m guessing.

  2. Judith Fairchild

    Jo, Ray did a terrific job on both quilts
    I like the snowball? Quilt with those bright borders and balloons but strip quilt with the baby rabbits and hearts is adorable some little girl’s eyes are going to light up like stars when she see it thank you Ray for a job well done.

  3. What a clever quilter Ray is. He enlarges the quilt tops so imaginatively. The bunny quilting was fantastic, it really brought the pink areas of the strippy quilt to life.

  4. Ray has such a wonderful grasp of how colors work together! Just love his borders and the colors he chooses. Beautiful job, Ray!

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