Saturday, October 15, 2016

Look what 'WE' get to quilt...!

Just picked these up from those wonderfully talented Comfort Quilters of St. Joseph, Thanks Donna G!  Can hardly wait to start quilting these gorgeous Quilts of Valor beauties!

Is this QOV quilt top wonderful, or what?

QOV quilt top - includes pieced blocks w/wonderful patriotic panels, and even Uncle Sam!

This quilt top we've affectionately named "temporarily", Uncle Sam QOV ;-)  will be custom quilted to enhance ALL the creative piecing and the patriotic panels.  We'll probably save it 'til last so we can focus our quilting attention on it, once the 'others' have been quilted.

Speaking of 'others', how about this beauty - don't you love the Eagle?

Gorgeous Eagle/Star QOV

Some Stars and Wave quilting, possibly?  In Rainbows Patriotic?

This interesting QOV quilt top really didn't show it's 'true colors' until I photographed it - THEN I noticed the distinct and quite interesting quilt you see it?

Distinctive 'water' quilt pattern in this QOV quilt top

Will probably take advantage of this QOV's quilt design and incorporate some water elements and matching thread to enhance an already neat quilt!

And our final QOV quilt top in this wonderful grouping:

ALL Over Stars QOV quilt top

And IF you noticed, the appliqued stars on this Quilt of Valor quilt top are ALL pieced!  They are NOT from a panel - even I did NOT notice the incredible piecing designs until I brought this beauty home and started photographing.

This final ALL Over Stars QOV quilt top will quilt out beautifully with Becker's Star panto with LAVA Diamond Head quilting thread, and possibly custom the outside blue star border...we'll see. Can hardly wait to get started!

Combined with ALL the QOV quilt tops I also picked up from our Doris on Thursday - we've got plenty to keep us occupied for quite awhile ;-)

Time to get to it...Miss Betty doesn't like being kept waiting...


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Veteran's Day Star Blocks Underway!

A Quilts of Valor Stars Facebook group that I belong to, has just launched a Patriotic Veteran's Day Star block drive, here's my very fist block:

Veteran's Star Block

This Patriotic Star block is also referred to as a Disappearing 9-patch, and here's why.  We first start by creating a 9-patch block:

9-patch block

Since I love to create quilts from strips, I generally try to find a way to modify ANY pattern to do just that!  And this block is NO exception ;-)

Sewed the fabric strips together first:

Gold/White strips sewn together, then cut into 3 patches

Blue/Red strips also sewn together and cut into 3-patches

Then, sewed the 3-patch strips together - being careful to get the Blue/Red strip centered between the Gold/White strips:

Sewing the Blue/Red and Gold/White 3-patches together

UPDATE 10/3/2016:  Oops - looks like I left out WHY the Disappearing 9-patch is aptly goes:

Resulting 9-patch...right?

Cut in half - vertically & horizontally...carefully ;-)

On to sewing the squares to create the star points.

Just one teensy-weensy problem IF one fails to sew properly, and sews a FAT seam - at least in the quilting world, that's what my Great Aunt Kathleen, my Grandmother Genevieve's sister, used to call it...can you see it?

My FAT seam is just that - need to 'slim down' my seam line area and make sure to stitch
point-to-point.  Or even better - a thread or two 'inside' the seam line,
towards the outside corner works great!

When I flip it over to check - the corners don't line up, that's definitely 'a tell'

NOT a good sign, when those corners don't line-up perfectly!  Time to rippit, rippit ;-)

Now that the ripping is complete and the re-sewing is done, time to trim and press - doesn't our finished Patriotic Star Block look nice?

Disappearing 9-patch results in this gorgeous Patriotic Star block, the first of MANY - 
promised ten (10) to the Quilts Of Valor Stars Group
and will be adding several to our QOV Panel Challenge!

Want to join in creating the Veteran's Day Star blocks with the Quilts of Valor Stars Group?  Just follow this direct web link to their Facebook page - Membership is OPEN to anyone interested in furthering the QOVF Mission through Quilts of Valor:

Time to get back to it!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Time to Brag a Bit on My Girl...;-)

I do take her for granted.  Probably more than I realized and definitely more than I should!  Referring to one of my very favorite girls, 'Miss Betty' - my pet name for my longarm quilting machine, in honor of my Mom who not only enjoyed watching Betty Boop re-runs, but who even resembled her!

'Miss Betty' - one of my very favorite girls!
Got a great reminder recently, while being in a fairly heated 'online' conversation about frame quilting systems, and specifically longarm quilting systems.  As with anything, EVERYONE had their ideas of What and more importantly WHY they loved their longarm.

One of my most favorite things I adore about Miss Betty - are her absolutely Beaut-ti-FUL quilting stitches:

And look a little closer - did you notice?

Gorgeous, even stitches w/nice, sharp points and perfect tension!
Did you notice that there is Gold Glide thread in the needle on the Top of the quilt AND white poly/cotton in the bobbin?  Do you notice ANY pokies?  Me neither!

That's what I LOVE the most about Miss Betty - while others talk about how they MUST use the same color thread in their needle AND bobbin to avoid 'pokies', Miss Betty and I rarely do!

And another thing - check this out:

Quilting out a panto - left to right from the back of the machine!
Sorry, it's not the best pic and I'll try to get a better one later however, the point is - Miss Betty can not only quilt pantos from the standard 'right to left' BUT, just as well 'left to right' - we do it ALL the time!

So many longarmers talk about how they can ONLY quilt pantos from the standard, right to left from the backs of their machines.  Miss Betty and I just chuckle when we hear this...  Thanks to ALL you wonderful longarmers out there for reminding me just how good I've got it w/Miss Betty ;-).

And while we were quilting, got our first embroidered block finished up:

Americana Liberty Bell all embroidered out
for a Purple Heart Veteran quilt
Only three more Americana embroidery blocks left to go and we'll be ready to start assembly!

Time for some shut-eye...

UPDATE: 9/16/2016 - another embroidery block finish:

Once my embroidery machine has a chance to cool off, will start on the next block - a hearts & flags block.  This Star & Flag block took 3 hrs., 43 min. to complete!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall Decorating w/Moda Jelly Rolls!

Let the FALL Decorating begin!  Just received these wonderful Autumn/winter Moda jelly rolls and thought...Why not?  Rather than tuck them away 'somewhere', Why not display them throughout with other Fall decorations...

Let the Fall/winter jelly roll decorating begin!

Fall basket w/Moda jelly rolls...Yum!
As you can see - not ALL these jelly rolls are "Fall-specific", especially since I simply cannot pass up the opportunity to grab a 1930's reproduction jelly roll assortment to add to the ever-growing Cheddar Bow Tie Leaders and Enders project we've had going on for quite awhile now.  Soon, very soon, will get to start assembling the bow tie blocks - now that we have what I believe to be, the final, necessary Reproduction prints!

Recent Stash discoveries - YES!
And the last of the cheddar and Jelly rolls, along w/few other Reproduction prints stumbled across at a yard sale...Who knew?

Moda's gorgeous 1930's Playtime Reproduction prints,Cheddar, yard sale find, and Cheddar Bow Tie blocks - more than half-way to the necessary 750!
Time to finish the Fall decorations so we can get to the cutting and sewing of these fabulous 1930's Reproduction fabrics into our favorite Cheddar Bow Tie blocks!

And the finished Fall/Moda look -

that was FUN!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday Mash-up is back!

Got a break-ey break from the HEAT wave and Miss Betty & I got to spend some quality time quilting:

Isn't this Military Gold Glide machine quilting thread looking Rich?
Just getting started on this Quilt of Valor - been in our quilt queue for almost 6 months, waiting patiently for his turn - wait 'til you see 'the rest of this QOV', but that's another blog post ;-)

Awhile back, I promised I'd share how we echo quilt pantos that end up having too much space in between the pantograph quilted rows.

Echo quilting w/HQ echo foot around the Becker's Shooting Star panto - LOTS of FUN!
We usually do this 'after' ALL the panto quilting is complete and usually after the borders are ALL quilted and the SID work is done.  This echo quilting is Fast & FUN - our two favorite criteria for quilting!

And the results speak for themselves:

Echo quilting complete - you would never know
there was too much spacing between the panto rows
Once we discovered this remedy for dealing with too much spacing between panto rows, either by accident, or now in our case by design - NO more ripping for us!  And did I already's FUN!  Give this a try the next time you happen to misjudge your panto spacing!

Fireworks Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
During the HEAT wave, been working on getting more star blocks off to the QOV Stars Group. These star blocks are well underway:

Sewing the second side of this Star block unit

...and should be finished up just in time to mail on the same day as our East Central IL QOV Group meeting this Thursday.

Miss Betty is waiting - time to get back to quilting!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hodge Podge Sunday...w/Updates!

Running around doing about 10 different things - NO time to be bored on Hodge Podge Sunday...;-)

Working on Clues #4 & #5 of our June/July QOV Mystery, trying to get caught up!

Clue #5 of our QOV Mystery - isn't this a neat block?!
UPDATE:  Good thing I did a final 'check' prior to starting to sew 'cause I made a teensy-weensy mistake in my pre-assembly prior to sewing, that could've ended up w/BIG bad results!  Can you tell the difference?

This is actually how Clue #5 is supposed to look...Surprise!
This is what happens when one is trying to combine two QOV Mystery Clues at the same time!  If I had already sewn Clue #4, this probably wouldn't have happened since it requires the same blue/white 4-patches...gulp.
Clue #4 units waiting patiently for their turn in the assembly sewing line
Grabbed a few of these QOV Signature blocks that had been sewn earlier - last weekend, maybe, I forget! and got them pressed, ready for Stage 2 of their assembly:

Signature blocks pressed and ready for Stage #2 assembly...Yes!

I use one end of our dining room table to set up a temporary cutting station by pulling back the table cloth:

Temporary cutting station
This is what my dining room table looks like when multiple projects are going on:

Dining room table subbing as cutting/assembly table while the Boop studio gets finished!

Time to get back at it since it's trying hard to storm...