Fat Quarter Challenge

Did you accept the fat quarter challenge Aby Dolinger gave us in January 2016?  Aby is consistent in her effort to reduce her stash of fat quarters.   Some followers, like me, are less consistent.  One thing for certain, we are all having fun.

Aby’s September/October  posting showed a project made by Maridee.  It includes various techniques she has learned over the years.  I really liked the quilt and Maridee was kind enough to send me general instructions for the construction.

win_20161109_12_39_43_proI have collected bundles of fat quarters from the Cotton & Steel fabric lines since they first appeared on the market; it’s time to start using them.

I’ve dug in to my stash and pulled out seven fabrics.   The finished project may not include any of these, some of these or all of these.  That is one thing so great about quilting.  We have the freedom to interpret a pattern using any fabric, any color, any design, we choose.

If you accepted the fat quarter challenge, remember to post your completed project(s) on Aby’s blog.

How Did You Thank A Veteran Today?

The Quilt of Valor (Mosaic Quilt pattern) I started in September is done!  You may remember my error with the borders and the suggestion by Cindy Munn to make stars for the corners.  Today I finished the last two stars and stitched on the final borders.

I’m continuing to make scrappy stars for another Quilt of Valor.  Six more blocks need to be finished and then the construction can begin.

What did you do to thank a Veteran on Veteran’s Day?

“A Great Concept, But Will Never Happen”





These are the words Professor Zavaglia sprawled in big red letters across my 1990 final exam for Legal Research and Writing.


Have you ever gone to look for something only to become sidetracked for hours traveling down memory lane?  Happened to me recently.  Searching for some documents, I opened a Pandora’s box filled with nostalgia.  Four hours later, still not having located the specific documents I wanted, I did find a 26-year-old final exam. (This course was the deciding factor that directed me to any career other than law.)

In the day, smoking was allowed everywhere and anywhere.  Always a non-smoker, your smoke bothered and irritated me.  I frequented the mall often and always came home smelling of smoke.  It was enough of a reason not to go to the mall.

That was the premise for Smoking Within All Areas of Enclosed Malls Should Be Prohibited.  Students had to defend an approved premise in the form of a legal brief.  I received an “A” along with the comment, “A great concept, but will never happen.”

Twenty-six years later, you can hardly smoke in any public place, in fact, in some parts of LA (Los Angeles), you can’t even smoke on the street.  The point being this, if you have an idea share it.

Quilting is much the same.  If you have an idea, plan it out; cut the fabric; sew it back together; quilt, bind and put a label on it.  You just never know what will happen.


A Quilt Well Traveled


“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill


Cat not included

Happily Scrappily Irish began as a leader and ender project circa 2012. Apropos as the pattern is from Bonnie Hunters book,  Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

Two patches grew in to four patches and then eight patches and eventually a 25 patch.  A total of 66 25-patches and background squares are needed.


Then it was on to making unit 1.  You need 132 of those.

This project traveled to many locations in South Carolina, North Carolina and even Georgia.  Yes, Happily Scrappily Irish is well traveled.

I’ve been student, teacher and tourist while traveling with this “Quilt in Progress.”  I’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends.

“What are you working on?”  “You quilt?  I didn’t think anyone did that any more.”  Why yes we do and there are lots of us.

As I stitched the final two sides of the outer border today, as I was sewing, I found myself smiling, thinking about all those great people and all those wonderful places Happily Scrappily Irish and I have traveled.

Are you a “Quiltvillian?”  Which Bonnie Hunter patterns have you made?

Update on the “Cemetery Project”

Presentation cases and 12 quilts are complete – THANK YOU to all that made and donated a quilt(s) – and ready to wrap the caretakers who work at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

The wrapping has turned out not to be an easy task to schedule.  The cemetery has between 15 and 19 funerals every day.  Yes, every day.  We discussed many options.

The cemetery has a “shut-down” period in December.  During these three days no funerals are scheduled.  We have proposed the wrapping take place during the “shut-down” period.

We are waiting for approval from the Director.

The next mission, should we accept it, 30 quilts for the Veterans who reside at Wildewood Downs, a retirement community.  For one reason or another, these Veterans are unable to attend Memorial Day ceremonies at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.  A second program is conducted at Wildewood Downs on Memorial Day for these residents.  Some Veterans are confined to a wheelchair which means smaller quilts will be required.

More to follow on the new challenge.  In the meantime, it looks like December for the National Cemetery wrapping.


Cats not included

Congratulations Students!



Mary Ann H. won a ribbon at the SC State Fair on her stash busting string quilt.  She attended the class I taught for Threads of Time.






Eleanor M. and Kay Y. finished this string quilt as a fundraiser for Holy Angels, a facility that cares for severely handicapped children.  These ladies are members of Foothills Quilt Guild in Shelby, NC.









QSC Pieceable Retreat student, Harriet W., completed a Halloween table runner from the “extra credit” class I taught during a free evening.



win_20161102_19_07_10_proAnd what’s on my machine?  Scrappy blocks for Quilts of Valor.  With the exception of the white star, all of the strings were given to me or were scraps from previously constructed quilts.  The navy blue frame is the fold of the fabric.  Salvaged from a retreat, someone was going to throw these perfectly sized scraps in the trash.


If you have attended one of my classes, I would love to see pictures of your finished quilt.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Kudos To Snapware

Kudos to Snapware!



I recently broke the tab off of the lid of my stacking bins.  No excuses.  It was totally my fault for overloading and carrying the bins a long distance.



When I called snapware to order a replacement lid, I was told the product has a lifetime guarantee.  Even after explaining that my mis-use of the product caused the damage, the representative told me it did not matter.  The product has a lifetime guarantee.



UPS delivered a large box today.  I’m thinking what an awfully large box for a lid.  Snapware sent me a complete set.  And at no charge.

Customer service like this is frequently hard to find.  It’s nice to know businesses like this still exist.

Charity & Good Deeds


In Judaism, there are 8 levels of tzedakah (charity/good deeds).  The higher the number, the more meritorious the deed is considered.  Number 7  is, “Giving when neither party knows the other’s identity.”  (Judaism 101)

This is what my friend and quilting sister has done and I am sure without even knowing it.

Several months ago, this friend and quilting sister, did a really big good deed for me.

When offered, she adamantly refused any type of compensation.  What this friend suggested, “Make Christmas pillowcases for the Ronald McDonald House.”  (And she probably forgot until reading this now.)

From fabric purchased during a FART (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip, for non-quilters), I am ready to deliver 23 pillowcases to the local Ronald McDonald House.

These French seamed pillowcases are easy-peasy to make.  The inside is as beautifully finished as the outside.

I hope these pillowcases will bring a smile to the face of a child who passes through “The Ronnie Mac” House this holiday season.

Some sages have said that tzedakah is the highest of all commandments, “equal to all of them combined.”  So, my kind friend, you did a real mitzvah.  (A meritorious or charitable act, Merriam-Webster)

How is your good deed report card coming along this year?

A Nostalgic Halloween

When I was young, some might say, just as the ark hit dry land, my friends and I dressed up for Halloween and went Trick or Treating.

Someone’s mother escorted us through our neighborhood where we hoped to “Trick” the neighbors into not knowing who we were hidden behind our mask or makeup.

We ended our evening by returning to the home of the escort parent to compare our treats and trade with each other for our own favorites.

We didn’t have food allergies, ADHD or asthma.  And kids walked everywhere – even when it rained or snowed.

I appreciate the technological advances we have made; but, I wish we kept the softer and gentler world along with the journey.

It saddens me that your child/grandchild can’t be more than  inches away from your supervision, your babysitter needs a criminal background investigation and those children/grandchildren will never know that softer and gentler world.

This is how my boys celebrated the day.

SC is #1 When it Comes to Quilts of Valor

Did you know that South Carolina presents more Quilts of Valor than any other state?

In 2015, the Palmetto State thanked 1,997 Veterans for their service with a Quilt of Valor.  These are only the ones we know about.

The next highest number of presentations, 693, goes to California.

I’m not much for numbers and statistics; it’s like, start talking numbers, statistics, and I’m snoring in place.

Courtesy of Google, I am going to mention a few numbers, so I can brag on the Palmetto State for a good thing we are accomplishing.

South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles and has a population of 4,896,146.  Compared to California which covers 155,959 square miles and has a population of 39,144,818.  We can dispute West Coast vs. South East but that’s not my point here.

South Carolina will soon be the first state to have their own brick and mortar Quilt of Valor facility.  Calhoun County has donated the ‘old’ library.  Circa 1877, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The grand opening of the new facility is December 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  We need to fill the building with sewing machines, rotary cutters, cutting mats, sewing related notions.  If you have something to donate, let me know and I’ll provide an address to send it to.  For local folks, you are welcome to leave your donations with me and I will get them to our State Coordinator.

Thanks for reading.