Finish It Up Friday!

I am so happy to have this quilt done!  And it feels appropriate to share a Quilt of Valor this weekend.


This will soon be presented to a friend of ours. I can’t wait!  

 

I didn’t realize until I started this post that I had the quilt hung on the fence crooked. Ugh! I used white for the back and that is the only thing I am not totally happy with. 


Here are some detail shots. 

  

  

 I do need to make the label and figure out what to say. I think that is the hardest part! 

 Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Richard and Tanya Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, A Quilting Reader’s Garden., Slostudio

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Surprise!

Last week one day,  I  came home from work to this! 

Apparently, hubby is getting their emails and couldn’t resist the daily deals. This is what was inside: 

 

He also ordered two quilting magazine subscriptions for me! Definitely a keeper :). BTW, I started reading the book and couldn’t put it down! I love Missouri Star and Mr. Wonderful. I am thankful for both, but especially Mr. W.

Linking up with Quilting Jet Girl for Thankful Thursday.

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Throwback Thursday

Good Morning! I came across several older small quilts while scrounging around in my linen closet. These were all made by me back in the mid 1990’s. All were published in QUILT magazine but I am too lazy to dig through and find out which ones. This first one is all hand pieced and quilted. It measures 13 inches by 16 inches. 


This little star quilt is also hand pieced and quilted. I remember working on it when Daughter #1 was at dance class so she must have been four or five. This measures 15 inches by17 inches. The color is sadly off in these photos!  Imagine 30’s green and bubble gum pink!

My Sunbinnet Sue measures 18 by 21 inches. Each Sue is 3 inches tall. I shrunk the pattern to fit the vintage fabric swatches that I had. It is also all done by hand. 

I hope you enjoyed these little bits. Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation.

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Leaders/Enders

Bonnie Hunter has made this concept  famous. If you are not familiar with it, you can read more here. I often use pieces from the same project as leaders/enders but rarely a completely different project as Bonnie does. Since I had a project in mind to do that requires a bunch of tiny squares to be sewn together, I decided to give it another try. Remember these squares? 

They are slowly turning into these: 

 Eventually, they will become a quilt like the one that Lori from Humble Quilts showed on her blog  last week. She calls it Blue Ridge Rendevous and kindly sent me the pattern after I did a bit of a test sew for her.
These are the pieces I had sewn earlier:  

 I have no timeline for this. However, once I get excited about a project, I tend to drop everything else  to finish. This is why I have never been good at leaders/enders!   

   These squares are cut 1 1/2 inches to finish at 1 inch.  I was able to get this far using these as leader/enders while making my 16 patch blocks.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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Quilt of Valor

I started sewing on this QOV top last  month. I had saved this panel forever with a specific person in mind and had finally decided on a design.

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Last week I got it loaded into the frame and there it sat for a week. Sunday I finally started quilting and spent most of yesterday working on it. Long arm quilting is much faster than hand quilting but it is not exactly quick. I started with ruler work in the blue borders. 

And then used tiny back and forth lines to make the squares pop.


Feathers in the hour glass blocks.

 

 And lots of outlining in the center panel. A peek at the back:

I hope to have this one bound and labeled by Friday. Linking up with Free Motion by the River and Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday.

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Design Wall Monday

Thanks to all for your congratulations on our next grand baby! We are quite excited. I am feeling much better and have lots of sewing planned for this week.

I finished sewing the 16 patches from the Amy Butler jelly roll this weekend. I have 80 8 inch blocks with not a scrap left over! Now I am trying to decide how to set them. I quite like them all together like this: 

But if I set them with sashing, I could make this big enough for the guest room bed: 

 I wouldn’t use these green squares for cornerstones but they were cut the right size and handy to throw up on the design wall.  

 I just love a big box full of blocks!

Linking up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I think today I will use these: 

To finish that row on the left: 

Happy Sunday!

Linking up with Kathys Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

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