Playground Quilt

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The Playground quilt, from Simply Retro, is complete.  Our weather is so nice that I photographed it outside.  The (overgrown) shrubs from my neighbor are casting shadows on my photo.  This was a very fun quilt to make.  The 10″ squares were already in my stash and the instructions make this quilt go together quickly.  It will be earmarked for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.

I am at a point where nothing is ready for sewing.  There is a huge stack o’ stuff on the ironing board that requires pressing and the impending due date for the Social Media Policies & Procedures for my guild.

It’s a toss-up.  Go outside and rake pine straw or Policies & Procedures.  Hmmm.

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Charity Quilt Quilt Blitz

DSC_0052Devine Quilt Guild is blessed with a group of women who volunteer their time and talent every December/January for a quilt blitz.  These ladies will take dozens of tops turned in by members and quilt them.  The only thing they ask for are the tops, backings and batting.  No awards, no trophies, no applause.

I want the quilt blitz ladies to have plenty to work on.  These are 3 of the 7 tops I have finished and ready to turn in at the December meeting.

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Policy & Procedures Manual

I can’t procrastinate any longer.  The Policies & Procedures Manual for Social Media for my guild is due by the end of November.  The assignment hasn’t been totally ignored.  Random thoughts are written down but not in complete sentences nor in the proper format.

This project must be finished up this weekend.  If you have any suggestions on what should be included, please let me know.

My Modern Quilt

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My guild, Devine quilters, features a BOM (Block of the Month) at every meeting.  You bring your completed block to the next meeting and are entered in a drawing to win all the blocks turned in.  This modern block was featured in February.   Sadly, I did not win the March drawing.  This was my first modern block and I really liked it, so much, that I made another 12 for this small modern quilt.0908141919-01 These are the two quilts that the BOM winner made and she donated them to charity.

Star Wars Quilt

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This is my Star Wars quilt because the young man it is going to is a Star Wars fan.  It is supposed to be for his February birthday.  He will get an early birthday present because I’m so excited with the finished product.  Okay, so there are no pictures of R2D2, Luke Skywalker or Chewbacca as part of the design.  Use your imagination and let us believe that this is the view from that galaxy far, far away.  Quilting by Colley Haynes, Newell, Alabama.

Pleated Christmas Tree

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A few weeks ago Wilma Grubbs posted a link to a pleated Christmas tree tutorial on Pieces & Patches Facebook page. My version does not include the tree skirt. I plan to make them in to cards and want them to fit in a standard size envelope.

Hand Sewing

For safety reasons, I’m catching up on hand sewing.

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Just a little more work to finish the binding and hanging sleeve on this, my third, cross quilt.  I’ve worked with a lot of Army Chaplains during my career.  You might be amazed to know that there are over 200 different religions recognized by the US Army.  I think it is inspirational to find all these different faith groups working side by side on a daily basis.  Men and women who come from faith backgrounds with beliefs at the farthest of spectrums, working hand in hand, bringing “Soldiers to God and God to Soldiers.”.   Back to this quilt.  When complete, this quilt will be given to a Chaplain who has touched my life in a special way.

Status on Playground Quilt

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As a precaution, the prescription for my dental work warns against operating machinery or heavy equipment, I’m not sewing this evening.

The 21 full blocks and 6 half blocks for Playground are complete.  The next step is to arrange the blocks in a pleasing arrangement.  When that is done, I’ll cut and sew on the background strips that go between the blocks and then sew the rows together.  Playground does not have any borders.  I’ll need to select a fabric for the binding and check my stash for a 4′ piece for the backing.

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There is always a leader/ender project whenever I’m sewing. These are the 12 required string blocks being worked on during the construction of Playground They will be used in a project called Adorn.

Update On 96 Half-Square Triangles

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The 96 4 1/2″ half-square triangles are, as they say in Hollywood, “in the can.”  The use of stitching lines contributed to the overnight completion of this project.

I started with 36 layer cake squares, taken from the fabric line Comma, by Moda.  The quilt, titled Playground, is from the book …simply Retro which I purchased from Linderella’s Quilt Shop in Southern Pines, NC.

Once the dog ears are removed, I can start stitching blocks together.  Playground requires 21 full blocks and 6 partial blocks.  I’ll post updates on my progress.

A Charity Quilt To Warm The Heart And Soul

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My guild, Devine Quilters, received a donation of flannel for use in their charity quilt program.  Using my Accuquilt rag quilt die, which cuts the fringe on the block as it passes through the machine, made for a quick finished project.  With the recent drop in temperatures, I’ve completed this flannel quilt just in time.  It promises to warm the heart and soul of the recipient.