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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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Asleep Under the Stars

This quilt is finished and has been delivered safely by UPS, so now I can finally tell you all about it!

It is my 2nd selvage quilt (still haven't posted about my first one yet!). I have been saving selvages for quite some time and if you need proof, here it is....

Yes, that is 12 drawers crammed full of selvages! When fabric comes home with me, it is washed, selvages are stripped off, fabric is ironed and folded and put here....

...well, MOST of it goes here, but I do have a couple of others places too!

Let's get back to the quilt! My daughter teaches at Mountain View M.S. in Oregon and this was made for a raffle to help with expenses so more kids could attend the "Outdoor School" in April.

I wanted color on the back, but not too much, so I made 6" scrappy stars using the same colors as the stars on the front. I love how it came out.

Here it is laid out flat.

Each star is 24"! (Remember this star for later)

I started quilting the center star block and it took me lots of time and too much twisting and turning the quilt, so the rest of it was done with a stipple/ meandering stitch. Yes, I took the easy way out!!

Here is a closeup of the back.

I did make a few goofs! One pleat about 1 1/2” long. Not too bad! It is staying in the quilt!

I had a few sections that I had to go back and do a little meandering. The thread was blending so well on the front that I couldn't tell where I missed spots until I checked the back!

Here is a close up of the stars on the back.

I have been trying to remember to add this to all my labels.....

"What I make with my hands, I give with my heart." I love that and it is so true!

This is the same blue block from above that I played around with in a new app that I found. It is called Waterlogue and is $2.99 in iTunes App Store. This can get very addicting!! So much fun.

I am linking to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River. It will be my first time linking up there. I am trying to get myself "out there" by linking up to different blogs. I would always check out what others made and comment, but I wouldn't take the time to link up. I'm hoping by doing that, it will force me to write more blogpost!!

Sew till next time.........

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