Finish It Up Friday!

I am so excited about my finish today! I started this Quilt of Valor last Friday night and finished it this morning. I didn’t really do any other sewing this past week And it is amazing what you can accomplish when you stay focused.

I debated using a pantograph to quilt this and it would have been fine. But I decided it was time to overcome my fear and start putting the stuff I have been learning into a real quilt.

I used some Angela Walters techniques from her dot to dot class and feathers from her Free Motion Feathers class. Here are some shots of the back.



I used Superior Monopoly on the red and blue bits and white Glide on the feathers. I used Cool Grey Glide on the borders. I used the same bobbin thread throughout, Superior Bottom Line #60 in white.

It s very rainy and dreary and I apologize for the less than stellar pics. The quilt really IS straight and square! By the way, I use these hangers from Ikea to hang my quilts from the top of my armoire to take pictures.

They are really handy. I also use them when I hang quilts on my neighbors fence to take pictures outside.

Mr. Wonderful is heading to Arizona tonight to see our kids and Baby L. I am insanely jealous but will console myself with quilting!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, and Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday.

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Throwback Thursday

No time for blogging today because I have been quilting! So I decided to share a few pics of some VERY old quilts I have made. Sorry for the picture quality. These are pictures of pictures and since these have nearly all been given away, it’s the best I can do.

The first one was a gift for a fellow expat that I became friends with while living in France.

The next one was a gift for a SIL.

This one was a baby quilt for the daughter of a friend. I just saw her homecoming pictures on Face Book!

I don’t even remember why I made this next one!

And this last one was made with blocks from an AOL block swap probably 20 years ago! We each made blocks to represent our homes. At the time, we lived in a blue ranch house. Do you see it?

Daughter #2 loved this quilt when she was little. We would rock together and make up stories about the people who might have lived in these houses.

Hope you enjoyed my little blast from the past!

PS Dear reader Lois, your e-mail keeps bouncing and I don’t know why! I have not been ignoring your comments but I can’t figure out why my e-mails are not going through :(.

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WIP Wednesday

I loaded up my QOV top yesterday morning.

I debated thread and considered pantographs.

I have taken a couple of Craftsy classes from Angela Walters and have been practicing feathers. But it is so hard to actually do this on a quilt top you live. I mean, what if I ruin it or have to spend days roping stitches?

I procrastinated and played with designs on my Adobe Ideas app.


I decided to start with a feather border that probably wouldn’t show anyway.

Then I went to work and refused to look at it last night.

This morning I got up and wound bobbins. And decided to go for it.

So far, so good!

Oh, yeah! This is what I had in mind! But now I don’t want to go to work!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Sewcial and Freshly Pieced for WIPWednesday. Also linking up with Gemma at Pretty Bobbins for IQuilt.

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Quilt of Valor Pattern -Jewel Box

If you have hung around my blog for any length of time, you know that the Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization I feel strongly about. So after finishing this top in just a few days, I thought I would share this as a pattern of sorts. It hardly needs a pattern since it is so easy and the pieces are large. But I thought if I did the math and you all saw how quick and easy it is, perhaps you might make one too. Here is my completed top.

The quilt top finishes at 60″ x 82″ . You will need approximately 1 yard of red, 1 yard of blue, and two yards of white. You will also need 2 1/8 yards of border fabric. You will have enough border fabric leftover to use for your binding if you like. Otherwise you will also need 2/3 yard of binding fabric.

There are many ways of making half square triangle blocks. I used my studio cutter (die number 50033) and cut 24 red, 24 blue, and 48 white triangles. You will need to make 24 red/white HST blocks measuring 6 1/2″ and 24 blue/ white HST blocks measuring 6 1/2″ (6 ” finished). Feel free to make yours using any method that works for you. As long as they finish at the right size, you’re good!

Cut 48 3 1/2″ blue squares, 48 3 1/2″ red squares, and 96 3 1/2″ white squares (I used die number 50206). Use these to make 24 red/white 4-patch blocks and 24 blue/white 4-patches. These will measure 6 1/2″ and finish at 6″. You may choose to strip piece these but with my cutter, I find it is just as fast to piece them traditionally.

You will make 12 blocks like this:

And 12 blocks like this:

I chose to take two of each type of block and sew them into giant blocks like this:

If you do this, you will end up with 6 identical blocks to sew into three rows of two blocks each.

I cut my borders 6 1/2″ wide on the lengthwise grain.

While these blocks are large, they don’t look clunky. I love the high contrast and the chains of squares running diagonally across the top. I started cutting pieces for this Friday evening and had the top completed Sunday morning. During that time, I did sleep! I also worked and spent time with family. This could easily be completed in one full day.

I understand that I am no expert at writing patterns. Because I don’t use them myself, I have probably left out some important stuff! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I suppose I should add some sort of disclaimer here stating I am not responsible for any loss or damage caused by following my instructions!

It says in Romans 13:7 to give honor to whom honor is due. Making quilts for the members of our military that have pledged to give all is one way I can live this out.

Here is another motivating factor. I am a proud Blue Star Mom of this amazing Airman, shown here receiving Airman of the Year Award for the 56th Security Forces Squadron:

Isn’t she beautiful?

If you happen to make a quilt from these instructions, I would love it if you sent me a picture or a link to your finished top.

Linking up with Free Motion By The River for Linky Tuesday.

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Design Wall Monday

Friday night, I cut these pieces for a new Quilt of Valor.

And I got some of the pieces put together.

Before work on Saturday, I finished most of the blocks.


And early Sunday morning, I got the blocks put together

I guess I forgot to take the picture after they were all in one piece. I even got the borders added! But no picture of that either.

Today I am heading down to Lansing with my Avante for a software update and cleaning. I am also dropping off a couple of completed Quilts of Valor to our State Coordinator.

Linking up with Patchwork a Times for DWMonday.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I got my slow stitching in early. That’s what insomnia will do for you!

I finished the hand sewing on the binding of my little windmill quilt.

This is all vintage fabrics except for the Kona Snow background. The blocks finish at 4 inches. And yes, Sue, there is a feather in the border. You just can’t see it!
I also got my favorite piecing machine cleaned and oiled this morning.

Friday night, I decided it was time to get another Quilt of Valor started. I wanted something quick and easy. I got my pieces cut and ready to go.

I so love my studio cutter! It makes cutting pieces go so fast. I will show more of this tomorrow.

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014

Many of my regular readers will recognize this as a quilt I made last spring. I am reposting about it here as my entry into the 2014 Fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis over at Amy’s Creative Side ┬áin the Modern Quilts Category.

This quilt was made from shirts belonging to my husband, son, son in law, and my father. All wonderful men that I love dearly. It was a fun experiment in improvisation! I still can’t decide if I like it best hanging like this:


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I had a blast quilting this. I quilted swirls in the negative space and a random grid in the shirting sections.20140410-222916.jpg 20140410-222907.jpg 20140410-222857.jpg 20140410-222850.jpg 20140410-222843.jpg

It has remained my favorite quilt since I finished it 6 months ago. That is a long time for me!

Please visit The Blogger’s Quilt Festival. There is so much eye candy to be found there!
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