Saturday Stitches

I really hadn’t intended to work steadily on all these QOV tops. I could tell you I am doing it because we have vets waiting for them (we do), or I could tell you again how we should give honor where honor is due ( it is), but the honest answer is that I am having so darn much fun quilting them! I loaded this one after work yesterday.

I am using this panto:

The backing is navy and most of the fabrics in the top are dark so I decided to use navy thread in the top and bobbin. I am using Premosoft by Fil-Tec.

Have a great Saturday!

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Finish It Up Friday

Daughter #3 was working on a not so top secret project in my sewing room last night so I stayed up and quilted. And I finished the latest QOV from the Stitching Sisters QOV group. Please note, I didn’t piece this lovely top, I only quilted it.

I did ruler work in the stars.


And a pantograph on the rest called Starstruck from Meadowlyon Designs. It has lots of big feathers with a few stars thrown in.

I am working this morning and very much looking forward to the weekend!

I feel quite honored to have last week’s finish highlighted at Richard and Tanya Quilts this week!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday, Sew Can She for Show Off Saturday, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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It has been a busy week around here! I did finally finish the quilting on the Quilt of Valor, though it sure doesn’t show up much in pictures.






And this is the next one on the frame.


I had just enough time before work to put in a few stitches. I love this top and can’t wait to get back to it after work today.


Linking up with Gemma at Pretty Bobbins for IQUILT and Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

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I had a great day with Baby E yesterday. He rolled over for the first time while he was here! However, he did not nap much. So this is all I got done while he was here.

These are for the Cascadia Mystery quilt hosted by Humble Quilts. I am way behind on this project.

Last night I started quilting the next QOV.



I can see looking at these pictures that I missed a line of quilting in the white. I hope to make progress on the quilting before work today but I won’t come close to finishing. I have errands to run, laundry to finish, and shopping to do.

Speaking of shopping, I was on Amazon last night and this popped up.

Too funny! I am really struggling t come up with Christmas ideas this year. I want to fill that cart and give it purpose! I just don’t know what to fill it with!

And here is a picture of my little buddy during our walk yesterday.

I love those cheeks!

Linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday

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Design Wall Monday

I suppose this could be Design Frame Monday since the real designing will be happening in my head as I figure out how to quilt this next QOV.


I finished this one last night.



The pantograph is Loop the Loop by Barbara Becker from Urban Elementz. I used Glide thread.

This is what is actually on my design wall.

That is all the star blocks I have completed so far. I haven’t made any progress on the Cascadia Mystery mini either.

I probably won’t get much done today either. But I will be enjoying the company of this little man!


Linking up with Patchwork Times for DWMonday and Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday.

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Quilts of Valor

I’ve been making QOVs for a few years now. Recently, I signed up as a long armer to quilt tops made by other QOV volunteers. I am working with a Michigan group called the Stitching Sisters. I picked up a box of quilt tops/backings the other day and got the first one quilted yesterday. I don’t know the name of the pattern but I really like it!

I finished the quilting last night.


I used a pantograph called Celtic Maze by Patricia Ritter from Urban Elementz. I used Affinity variegated thread in the top and Magnaglide bobbins in white for the back, Hobbs 80/20 batting. I love the texture on the back.

The next top is loaded on the frame and ready to quilt!

Yesterday, I received a very special note in the mail from the daughter of a QOV recipient. I made the quilt last fall. He passed away on November 1st of this year. Here is the note.


Yes, I cried.

Here is the quilt.


I don’t think any of us that have not served in the military have any real clue how profound the impact and sacrifice of serving really is. It is humbling to have a hand in saying thank you to our nation’s heroes. Raphael served in World War II. He was 90 years old when he passed into eternity.

To learn more about how you can help cover our nations heroes, go to Quilts of Valor Foundation. Can’t make a whole quilt or top? Alicia over at Alycia Quilts is holding a block drive.

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Cascadia QAL

Have you seen the little mystery QAL hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts? You can find Part One here. I love her little quilt alongs but was a little late getting started with this one. You start with a bunch of these:

Sew them into these:

And then into these:

I am still on part one even though part two has been posted. Maybe I’ll catch up this weekend.

Have a great Saturday!

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