Two More Quilts of Valor Awarded

I am so fortunate to belong to “The Garden Club” with a group of women who are supporting Quilts of Valor.  While I am the only one in the club who sews, the other members are busy raising funds through our plant and bake sales.  This group of women raised enough funds to purchase fabric for eight quilts.

Four quilts were presented in February.  Last night we presented two more.  I am truly blessed to be a member of North Springs Home & Garden Club and honored to wrap a veteran in their own Quilt of Valor.

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Ribbons

DSC_0009On the drive back to Columbia from Williamston, SC, Ann Maletic and I stopped at Viking Sew and Quilt in Greenville.  If you panic in small and tight spaces, this shop is not for you.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a great shop, the ladies are helpful and friendly; but, the aisles are very narrow and bolts of fabric are stacked 10 deep on the floor and up to the ceiling on shelves.  You will find an extensive collection of batiks.  All of my one yard cuts measured 38″ so I applaud them for the ample cut.

The sale fabric is located in a well lighted classroom.  Several quilts were hanging on the walls.  While they appeared to come from different patterns, they are all from the same one.  Scrap Crazy Play Book by Karen Montgomery.  Ribbons caught Ann’s attention.   Ann is Co-Chair of Devine Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Committee and is always on the lookout for quick and easy patterns that produce beautiful quilts.  The class sample was done in juvenile fabrics and primary colors and it was an eye catcher.

Templates to speed the cutting process are in the book.  Creative Grids also makes a package of three non-slip Scrap Crazy rulers, which I purchased.  Keeping in mind I work on 6 to 8 quilt tops at a time, I finished ribbons in two days.  The rulers have notches that will give you precise piecing every time.

This top is made with Christmas fabric because I was recently gifted a large amount of Christmas fabric scraps.  Ribbons does not include a border; I added one to make it a more ample sized charity quilt.

What’s Blooming?

DSC_0011 DSC_0012 DSC_0014 DSC_0015 DSC_0016I enjoy working in my garden.  Playing in the dirt is not just for kids.  This is another area I can go out to cut a spent bloom and find myself hours later.

By Southern standards, we had a “harsh winter.”.  None of my lantana came back.  I know it is sold as an annual, but mine was a perennial.  Was.  Much did survive and I enjoy it every day.

Sandwich Short of a Picnic

While in the library looking through quilting books, I happened across Quilting from little things…..  This quilt jumped off the pages.  Some of the 1970 blocks from Jane Gold were paper pieced strings and this pattern is perfect for using those blocks.  Using the dozen blocks available, I assembled a smaller version of Sandwich Short of a Picnic.

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From the book Quilting from little things….by Sarah Fielke

Another Charity Quilt Completed

DSC_0005The week is ending with another charity trash quilt top completed.  I used the Mosaic Quilt pattern and assembled the blocks as leaders and enders.  The sashing fabrics came from my personal stash.  The blocks are rescued fabrics from my trash bag of fabric scraps.  While some polka-dot fabrics are in this quilt, the remaining fabrics are juvenile prints.  To keep this charity quilt kid-sized, extra borders will not be added.

Two Quilts of Valor Ready for Presentation

Quilt of Valor Rail Fence Pattern

Quilt of Valor
Rail Fence Pattern

The quilting, binding and label are done and these Quilts of Valor are ready for presentation by the North Springs Garden Club.  It will be a surprise, we hope, to the recipients, so for now, the names will not be revealed.

Thanks to Donna Royson who does the quilting as a labor of love for our veterans.  We would not be able to show our support without hers.

I must also thank Aby Dolinger who gifted us with two dozen presentation cases.  The plan is to make a quilt for every one of the cases.

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Quilt of Valor also in Rail Fence pattern

Split/Disappearing Nine Patch

DSC_0011This Split/Disappearing Nine Patch is a charity quilt for my guild, Devine Quilter’s.  Instructions for this quilt were put together by member Beth Karr.  This pattern goes together quickly and offers two different layouts.  Another top, using the alternate layout is currently under construction.

Double Crossed is Finished

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Double Crossed is a pattern by Aby Dolinger. (Abyquilts.wordpress.com) This fun quilt has fussy cut owls in the center square. The same fabric is used on the outer borders. I’m not sure when or where I purchased this fabric from, but I had enough to cut the borders length and width wise to keep all the owls going in an upright position. The pattern suggests attaching the top and bottom borders first which saves you from having to piece them. Thank you for that hint Aby.

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A close-up of my fussy cut owl.

Little Bear Quilt

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This little quilt is a panel of bears.  I added an outer border and quilted it on my sewing machine with the walking foot.  I used flannel for the backing to make it extra cuddly.  It will be earmarked for the Ronald McDonald House.