Monday, April 14, 2014

4th Selvedge Quilt

Well, I have come to the conclusion that I will never use all of the selvedges that I have saved for the last 15+ years!!  BUT, I'm gonna try!  LOL!  When I bring quilting fabric home (or it arrives UPS!) I wash it, dry it, strip the selvedges, iron it and store it by color family. That process has worked for me for a long time!
This is what I am starting with for this project......
.... And I got them from here!  And this isn't even in my sewing room!
I am going to make another Star quilt, but this one will be totally scrappy stars. They will be 6" finished blocks sewn with telephone book pages. If you have never used these, you MUST give it a try. It tears away so easily leaving no tiny pieces to pick out. Just remember to use a short stitch length. 
Here are some of the darks I have in my stash......

I'm liking it already!

I have all of the 144 blocks done. All the rows are sewn and now to press all the seams open, then I will sew the rows together. 
By the time we move I will have lots of quilt tops to quilt when we get settled in!
I am linking to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, so stop by and see what others have on their design wall this week!
I am also linking to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River. Be sure to check out what Connie and others have been working on this past week.


Tuesday........
Just wanted to show most of the finished top! The first row of stars is hanging on the other side of the stairway banister! I will take a better pic when it's not so windy outside.


And here it is using the Waterlogue app. I love this app!



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Quilt Top is on it's Way!

I finished the top that I am donating to Kevin The Quilter's QOV Block Drive and just put it in the mail. It really does the heart good to make something for someone who is so deserving of this and more. I guess I feel this way because DH is a Vietnam Vet and we all know how their homecoming went.
Here is the finished top.
I should have taken more time to spread this out flat!





Sew, if you have time and stash why don't you participate in this block drive? You have till June 1, 2014 to get your blocks in and I know Kevin will be "over the moon"! Remember, just 5 blocks gets you a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from the Missouri Star Quilt Company





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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

QOV Donation and Pillowcases

I found these owls prints at JoAnn's last week and knew they would cute pillowcases for my great niece who is turning 2 this week. They are done, now I just have to get them in the mail.





I didn't need to start a new project, but that's exactly what I did, START A NEW PROJECT!!! Kevin The Quilter started a Quilts of Valor block drive earlier this month and I wanted to be part of it. He came up with a quick and easy block to use. And for every 5 blocks you send him from now till June 1st, your name will go in a drawing for a chance to win $100 gift certificate from Missouri Star Quilt Company! so I just upped my chances!!! It takes 30 -12 1/2" blocks to make one quilt, so that is what I will be donating--a complete quilt top! This is my first QOV quilt and I hope to make many more.
Here are 5 out of the six rows needed. I have all the blocks sewn together now and tomorrow I will sew the rows together and try to get it in the mail on Wednesday.




I had an oh-oh moment when I re-read what fabrics were to be used!

"Please remember to use only 100% cotton fabric and no shiny metallic fabrics so we can stay in accordance with what Quilts of Valor requests of their quilts."

BIG OH - OH!! My navy has gold specks and one of the reds has gold dots! It's not "over the top" shiny, so hopefully it will be within the guidelines. I guess I need to learn to read directions more carefully and not jump in with both feet so fast!!

I am linking to FREEMOTION BY THE RIVER for Linky Tuesday, so pop on over there and check out what others have to share this week.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Are You Wearing Green Today?

 


Gary and I each had a grandmother that was born on St. Patrick's Day. They are both gone now, but will never be forgotten. 
Hope you all enjoy your "green" day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Selvedge Quilt

I'm a little late in posting this, but as the saying goes---better late than never!
I made this quilt as a total surprise for DD's 40th birthday in November 2013.


Finished blocks are 8". I drafted the color way in EQ 7. I paper pieced using old phone book pages. They are a dream to rip out. I have tried so many different papers, even ones made especially for paper piecing, and I like these the best.


Can you tell that her favorite color is purple? I cut strips 4 1/2" wide and just randomly sewed them together for the backing. Love how this one turned out!

I am linking to Freemotion by the River, so stop by and see what is being shared this week.

Sew till next time.......


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