Work in Progress Wednesday

Quilting has been my reward for getting housework done this week. I spent a couple hours before work yesterday working on the log Cabin Quilt of Valor. IMG_1359.JPG I decided to do a bead board border design. IMG_2535.JPG And circles in the inner border. IMG_1370.JPG I am using this Handi template which doesn’t feel all that handy. IMG_1371.JPG Perhaps I just need to get used to it. I am using a spiral of diagonal lines in the logs of the log cabin blocks. IMG_2536.JPG Our big Thanksgiving dinner is tonight. Tomorrow, Daughter #3 will be with her boyfriend’s family and Daughter #1 will be working so it will be quiet around here. I plan to stay in my pjs, drink coffee, eat leftovers, and quilt! Linking up with Lee at a Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday¬†and Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Sewcial.

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Throwback Tuesday

Doesn’t have the same ring to it as Throwback Thursday, does it? In any case, I spent the whole day yesterday cleaning and getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I sewed not one stitch.

I did hang up some different quilts for the season. I picked this one up a while back at an antique market for a mere $20. It is probably the oldest quilt I own, my guess is that it predates the Civil War. Some fabrics have completely fallen out. But look at that stitching!

It was made by a master.

This is a very large quilt.

And here is another quilt, not quite so old.

Sorry for the skewed picture. It is hanging in my foyer and I couldn’t get a straight on shot. I made this about 15 years ago. It is all done by machine on my trusty 1955 Singer 201. I cut freezer paper templates for the applique and used a glue stick to turn the edges under. Then I top stitched the pieces down using invisible thread. Here are a couple detail shots.


The quilting was also done on my 201, cross hatching and feathers.

And here is an even older one.

This was a Round Robin project done in my local guild. This is probably 20 years old. It is my very first free motion quilting work. I think I used one of my Singer 301s for this.

This quilt actually appeared in a magazine around 1997. Possibly QUILT or Country Quilts. I would have to look it up. I had quite a few quilts published in this same family of magazines from the early 90s until probably 2006 or so when they changed editors.

Time to make the cranberry salad before work! Have a great Tuesday.

Linking up with Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

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Design Wall Monday

This weekend was full of a little of this and a little of that. Daughter #3 has taken over my design wall with her not so secret project, here is a sneak peek.

I am working out a quilting design for another Quilt of Valor.

I embroidered names on stockings for the new additions this year.

These are admittedly cheap stockings but they match the rest. Here’s a picture of the mantle from last Christmas.

I think they will all have to move to the stair railing this year so they all fit!
#1 Son, Daughter in Love, and Baby L will be arriving in 12 days for an early Christmas with us! I cannot wait! But it does mean that I have to pick up the pace and get ready in a hurry.

I also started a stocking for Baby E to have at his house.

I will need to make one for Baby L also.

Lots to do today to get ready for our early Thanksgiving dinner (Wednesday evening) so I better finish this coffee and get back to work!

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

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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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