Monday, April 2, 2018

Circles of Life

Sometimes, a quilt just has to be designed and created to deliver a very special 'quilty' hug - the kind of hug that ONLY a quilt can give.

"Circles of Life" is just such a quilt:

Circles of Life quilt coming off the frame

Circles of Life was inspired by a very dear family friend in need of a quilty 'HUG', coupled with a colorful Moda jelly roll - which brought to mind our dear family friend, Ashley.

Moda jelly roll

Combined w/additional Kaffe Fassett fabrics from a previous wedding quilt project, this quilt became exactly what we were hoping for!

With strips and circles, along with a Circle of Life quilt design, we think we accomplished what we set out to do - a colorful 'quilty' hug, designed and created especially for our dear family friend.

Photo timeline continues:

Sewing these colorful strips together

Strips all sewn together - time for borders!

Time for some Circles:

Cutting circles is easy & FUN w/AccuQuilt GO! circle dies:

Time to applique those circles in place:

Using the small applique stitch w/coordinating cotton threads 
to ensure the circles are securely attached to the quilt top

Once all the circles are attached, time to quilt!

Quilting the "Circles of Life" w/Circle of Life quilting design;-)

After this quilt was completely quilted, time for binding:

Ashley's "Circles of Life" quilted/bound/labeled and ALL ready for Hugs!

Ashley's "Circle of Life" quilt has reported for duty and we're happy to learn, fulfilling it's 'quilty hug' job duties...Enjoy!

Happy April - snow and ALL ;-)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Patriotic Mystery Gets Quilted!

Another Patriotic Mystery gets quilted into a Quilt of Valor:

Circle of Honor Mystery coming off the frame

Quilted with Gold thread in the needle, Silver for the back:

Close-up of quilting

Used Becker's Shooting Star Digital panto to quilt this amazing Mystery aptly named Circle of Honor,

...available through my Quilty friend, Lisa's Online Quilt Shop

Time to bind and label!


Monday, February 5, 2018

A Quilt of Valor is Born!

A little more than 36+ hours ago, this Quilt of Valor had not even been conceived!

36+ hours later, a Quilt of Valor is Born!

That was 'until', my latest shipment from my Quilty friend, Lisa - who owns & operates her online quilt shop,, arrived. Lisa decided to surprise me with this beautiful Eagle panel.  Thanks, Lisa!:

Eagle panel auditioning w/Evening Star quilt blocks
Our East Central IL QOV Group had been working on the Evening Star quilt blocks earlier in the week, in preparation for our annual QOV National Sew Day.  Once I opened the shipping box and saw the enclosed eagle panel, I noticed the colors in the panel were virtually identical to those in the star blocks we'd completed - it was obviously meant to be for these two to be matched up.

The seeds of inspiration had been planted, thanks to Lisa and her generous gift, and we were off to the sewing machine to get busy sewing our QOV idea into a Quilt of Valor.

Adding the very last exterior border

We are very pleased with how well this Quilt of Valor turned out.  And even though we didn't use a pattern per se, we will be utilizing this design to create additional QOV panel quilts in our future, since we have three (3) Purple Heart Veterans who are scheduled to be awarded their Quilts of Valor later this year, along with this one.  Still pondering the final quilt design but fairly certain it will include some Gold quilting thread ;-).

For now, time for some shut-eye...


Monday, December 18, 2017

Clue #4 is already HERE...!

Can you believe it?  Every year it seems like it just sneaks up on me - especially when I usually get a cold/flu right smack in the very beginning of our annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery, which in turn causes me to fall behind just a bit.  Guess that makes it even more FUN when catching up!

At least I stopped sneezing/coughing long enough to get Clue #4 finished up:

Clue #4 of our Mystery - don't you just love the antler kitty peaking out/over ;-)

These fabrics have been such FUN to stitch up, even IF there have been more than just a few:

Getting started...

...halfway through...

Finished - with just a few leftovers...YES!

Even managed to finish up Clue #2 prior to beginning this Clue:

Clue #2

But - need to go back and finish up Clue #3 - at least it's ALL cut out and ready to sew!

Clue #3 ALL cut and ready to start stitchin!  I see a few more Antler kitties, don't you?

To see what ALL the other fellow On Ringo Lake Mystery sewers are up to, just follow this direct web link:

For now - got some stitchin' to do and a very special Quilt of Valor needs a label prior to getting awarded...


On Ringo Lake - Clue #1
Clue #2
Clue #3
Clue #4

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mardi Gras Pathways - a Very Special Wedding Quilt...

Mardi Gras Pathways is a very special/NON-Traditional Wedding quilt for an even more special/colorful/dynamic wedding couple.   Patterned after the 'traditional' Boston Commons quilt for a 'Boston Couple', this unique quilt was designed and created using Kaffe Fassett fabrics in 'pathways' for my oldest daughter, Jessica and her NEW hubster, Greg.

Each pathway of color was chosen for its distinctive colorway and fabric design:

"Mardi Gras Pathways" wedding quilt

...and quilted w/Superior's Rainbows Mardi Gras quilting thread using the Cheerful digital design by Christy Dillon (while watching/listening to Star Trek episodes...Greg.  The ONLY exception in Kaffe Fassett fabric is the black/gray Star Trek digital fabric):

Cheerful quilt design

ALL happy couples will traverse a multitude of 'Pathways' throughout their married lives - some of those pathways will be brightly lit w/joyful people and life experiences...others, maybe not so much.  Through it ALL, couples can make it through just about anything, IF they can face every pathway together with love, honor, courage, and respect, and always, ALWAYS with JOY in their hearts ;-)

This exclusive quilt represents those powerful Life Pathways:

We hope and pray this Newlywed couple NEVER forgets to enjoy their Pathways together!

Congratulations Jessie & Greg on your recent wedding!

The Happy Couple?

Honorable Mention - The Happy Couple  w/Wedding Party:

Let the Celebrations begin!

Time to bind & label...


Monday, November 27, 2017

The Annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery Begins!

Once again, the annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery - this year On Ringo Lake, has officially begun!  This is one Mystery I treat myself to each and every year, in between the tree trimming, the Holiday festivities and ALL the Christmas shopping and wrapping, I find my solace and a bit of serenity amongst the Holiday chaos within the confines of this Annual Mystery.

Our first Clue includes our turquoise and brown fabrics, combined into 9-patches, aren't these cute?

Clue #1 - 9 patches ALL finished!

Bonnie suggested we 'strip piece' to create our 9-patches, my favorite way to sew these in bulk.  Here's my brown/neutral strips, ready for cutting.

Brown & neutral strip sets complete

Once the brown/neutral and the turquoise/neutral strips were completed, time to cut/sew/press!

Strip units cut to size and ready to assemble into 9-patches

Course, had a little help from our Hershey friends ;-)

Hershey's Pot of Gold - Caramels in Dark & Milk Chocolate...YUMMY!

ALL ready for Clue #2!

Clue #1 tucked away

To see what all the other Mystery participants are up to

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Hope you ALL had a very Happy Thanksgiving - Enjoy your Holiday Season w/Family & Friends!

Got our Family Christmas Tree up just in time to start this Holiday Mystery - w/help from two of my favorite Tree Trimmers, Jaclyn & Jade ;-)

Family Christmas Tree up and ready for presents!