Sewing & Quilting Update

Sorry to miss the QOV Sew Day; still in recovery from the retreat at Tabor City.

Everyone had a great time and probably gained a pound or two.  Carolina Charm is not just for quilting; they cater to scrapbooking and so much more.  Frank unloads your car,  delivers your suitcase to your room and delivers your sewing supplies to your sewing space.  When it is time to leave, you will find your luggage sitting by your vehicle and Frank ready to pack up your sewing machine and load your car.  Besides the food, THAT was one of the things that will bring me back.


The entire house is decorated with quilts and antique sewing machines.

DSC_0347I did get a binding sewn on a Quilt of Valor made by Joy Peterson.  While I might not have attended the Sew Day, I did work on QOV stuff.  Several other bindings are sewn together, it is just too hot to turn the iron on and press them.

This is Joy’s quilt.  And I must add that my corners are quilt show precision, thanks to Joyce Greer.  Your simple suggestion has made a world of difference!

Quilted by Donna Royson.



Most Fridays are Sit and Sew days at St. David’s  and today was no exception.  Everyone is welcome, even if you just want to sit and talk.

Using a pattern designed by Donna Royson for Logan Quilt Guild charity quilts, I cut and stitched 12 tops a few weeks ago.  I think Donna, a Certified Quilt In A Day Instructor, incorporated some “Eleanor Burns” in to this pattern as it is simple and easy to put together, even for a beginning quilter.  I’m making so many to build confidence quilting with my walking foot.

Today I pressed the tops and cut batting.  Rose Marie offered to take three of them home to quilt, leaving me with nine.  It is so hot outside, I do not mind attaching the walking foot to my machine and quilting away.  Anything to stay inside!




Carolina Charm Quilt Retreat

At times, it feels as if all we do is eat.  There is some sewing and quilting going on; but, Frank, our personal chef, is constantly in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals for us.  We have tried to resist his culinary temptations, i.e., Godiva Chocolate Cake, but are now in the mindset we will return home a few pounds heavier.


All About Cats

PetSmart hosted their big MEOW event today, All About Cats.

Lots of coupons, handouts and rescue groups, cat related, were in my local store.  I met a group of volunteers with CAT (Cat Around Town Project).  When I noticed all the kitties were in their kennels on towels, I had to ask if they were familiar with the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt program.

CAT knows about us now.  And I was happy to go home a pick up 30 kennel quilts to get them started.  Annie immediately started making biscuits and Peaches promptly curled up for a nap.

Both of these sweet kitties are in need of a furrever home.  And I was happy to make the introductions between both volunteer groups.


2nd Quarter Challenge Complete

Earlier this year, Aby Dolinger issued the 2017 Pre-cut Challenge.  A specific pre-cut is designated for each quarter.  All you need to do is incorporate the designated pre-cut in to a quilt.

The 2nd quarter challenge was Jelly Roll.  Those 2 1/2 inch strips are so addictive, rolled up and wrapped so pretty and as Aby points out, “…they simply become colorful decorations on the shelves in our sewing rooms.”

Blueberry Crisp, a collection of batik Tonga Treats is what I used to make Plum Pie.  This layout is a variation of Spiral Strips (Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott).  It’s the secondary design and second border that caught my eye.


I used the scraps of the strip sets to make the second border.  It wasn’t until I photographed the top that I realized the cream colored fabrics blend in to the first and third borders.

Plum Pie finished at 66″ square and will be a charity quilt.

It’s All About The Aby

WIN_20170414_14_53_23_ProDid you accept the challenge?  I’m referring to the challenge to use pre-cuts, one type per quarter, announced by Aby Dolinger earlier this year.  ( 2017/04/03/second-quarter-challenge-introduction/) The second quarter is Jelly Rolls.  Two weeks in and this is where I am on Spiral Strips (Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott)  My quarter squares are sewn together.  It’s time to press except temperatures are in the 80’s and that is the last thing I want to do.  I’m realistic, summer is on the way, it’s not going to get any cooler.  Time to lower the thermostat, accept the inevitable high bills and iron away.


McCall’s Quick Quilts published Table Tiles, a design by Aby Dolinger, in their October/November 2014 edition.  This is fun and easy.  I finished procrastinating and dialed in a decorative stitch on my Janome and quilted this black, gray and white table runner.  One fabric has red ladybugs on it.  Just enough to make you wonder, “Did she intend to do that or is it a mistake?”

The magazine includes two photographs, one made with colorful scraps and the black/white/gray I used in mine.


WIN_20170414_14_50_53_ProThis, still under construction, top is called Prest-O, Change-O!  Designed by Aby Dolinger, you sew your 5 inch squares in a straight set, cut it apart and stitch it back together for an on-point quilt top.  You have to buy the pattern ( if you want to learn how to make those special cuts.

This will be a Quilt of Valor when finished.  I cut a bin of patriotic scraps with my Accuquilt, so there will be several tops made with Prest-O, Change-O! before a dent appears.  An even better idea – share those 5 inch squares at the QOV Retreat next week!


Aby is an inspiration in many ways.  I love how she breaks down something that looks so complicated in to easy to follow instructions.


A Hug and a Quilt of Valor for Tim

This morning I had the honor of wrapping retired Navy Veteran Timothy Williams in his Quilt of Valor and thanking him for his service.  After the Navy, Tim attended Seminary.  He now serves as Pastor at an upstate SC church.  He also works during the week for Terminix in Columbia.

This presentation was extra special because I know Tim.  He’s my “Bug Man.”  You know, the folks who come to your home every quarter to spray for bugs and check those green Termite stations that surround your property.

What he anticipated to be a complaint – why else would a client be in the office at 7:30 standing with management and the office staff? – turned out to be the best part of his day.  Tim is proud he served and would serve again if asked.

If anyone believes that war hardened Sailors don’t get emotional, they’re wrong.


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.

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.


Quilt of Valor also in Rail Fence pattern