Sunday, July 5, 2015

Denim & Gold Quilt of Valor coming off the frame...

Been working on this Denim & Gold Quilt of Valor for a few days now, just took it off the frame:

Denim & Gold QOV coming off the frame
This striking QOV was wonderful to quilt, especially those nice, lush borders:

Denim Gold quilting thread used to McTavish this Navy Blue border

Firecracker swirls in the Red borders, Toothpick quilting in the Pledge of Allegiance borders, and of course, my favorite - McTavishing quilting w/Denim Gold thread in the Navy Blue borders

And then there's the back - always LOVE looking at those backs, don't you?

But probably the most interesting part of this patriotic Quilt of Valor and where it got its name, the main interior with its Denim & Gold displayed proudly with our American Flag:

Hope you ALL had a wonderful & safe 4th of July - time to bind!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th Everyone!

Happy 4th of July EVERYONE!  Stay safe while celebrating our Independence Day w/Family & Friends...


Friday, June 26, 2015

Magic 8's work Great for HSTs!

Not long ago, I stumbled across this ingenious Magic 8 method of creating HSTs (Half-Square Triangles) and knew immediately I had to try it out in a special quilt I've been working on... and it worked wonderfully well:

Eight HSTs cut from two giant squares of fabric after being sewn together
Created from two giant squares of fabric sewn right sides together diagonally, corner-to-corner:

Two squares of fabric sewn diagonally, corner to corner 1/4" from both sides of the drawn lines
And the HSTs reveal:

All pressed and ready for those 'dog ears' to be trimmed
Try this method out the next time you need a bunch of HSTs in a hurry - works great and LOTS of FUN, too ;-)

Time to get back to trimming those dog ears - just 78 left to go!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Packing up for a QOV Sew-IN...just about finished!

Each month we pack-up ALL our sewing/quilting must-haves for our East Central IL QOV meeting. This time, we're packing to go sew Quilts of Valor with a sister guild in our area...what FUN!

So while it's primarily the same type of packing, when one goes 'visiting', we need to pack a few extra sewing/quilting goodies:

QOV Signature Blocks w/pigma pens
Our trademark Patriotic jelly roll! w/surprises peaking out to go with ;-)
Of course, NO sewing day would be complete without this main ingredient:

Our featherweight friend
Some much needed threads:

Some of our favorite threads
And ALL our sewing/quilting/cutting necessities:

Sewing/quilting packing just about finished - I'm sure we'll find something 'last minute' that must go but for now, just as soon as this latest storm passes, we're ready to load the car!
We still have to make final decisions on munchies but, think we've got that down to 2 choices...

We'll be sure and share the FUN, once we get some of those pics.

UPDATE 7/14/2015:  As promised, LOTS of neat pics from this recent QOV Sew-IN - a HUGE Success as a result of ALL the hard work and efforts by the Robinson, IL, Crawford County QOV Quilting Group:

Two very proud quilters of their 'almost finished' Quilt of Valor Quilt top -
as well they should be, isn't it gorgeous?!
Another door prize winner
Laying out the block rows of a Quilt of Valor Top

Sewers/Quilters busily sewing their QOV quilt tops - 50+ sewing Teams registered to sew together and create Quilts of Valor.  As a result, almost 60 Quilts of Valor will be created and Awarded during the Veteran's Day celebration in 2015
Another very proud quilter shares one of her completed QOV quilt blocks
What a beautiful smile ;-)
Our next generation sewing her gorgeous QOV quilt blocks

Two more happy door prize winners:

Isn't this eye-catching.  One of our Service Members or Veterans will surely be
more than proud to receive this wonderful Quilt of Valor...
Thank YOU, for all your quilting efforts!
And I almost forget - look what yours truly got to take home and show off to 'Miss Betty':

A taste of Crawford County - Thank YOU, Becky & Crawford County QOV Quilters!

What are some of your 'Must Haves' on a quilting/sewing retreat?  We'd love to hear and see some of your great pack & take tips!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Patriotic QOV on the frame...w/Updates

Just got this Quilt of Valor loaded this eve - having a blast quilting it already:

Patriotic Quilt of Valor getting the STAR quilting treatment ;-)

Good 'ol Dave Hudson and his Random Star Panto - what a great quilting treasure:

My 'Go To' Star Panto - LOVE it!
Combined with another favorite for border quilting to provide movement and LOTS of eye candy:

McTavishing in the Flag border
McTavish and Star quilting really stand out with King Tut Freedom quilting thread and such FUN to quilt out with it, too!

UPDATE 6/1/2015 - First QOV finish for June:

Quilting up close

First Quilt of Valor for June coming off the frame - just 4 more to go!
Break-ey time is over, time to get back to the quilting...


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Thank YOU!

In Honor of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice:

Thank You...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Special T-shirt Memory Quilt Reveal for Super-Special Graduating Cheerleader w/Updates

Been a little quiet while Miss Betty & I have been working 'behind the scenes' to create this special Memory T-shirt quilt for a very special graduating cheerleader:

One of the Memory T-shirt blocks
First, getting started:

D-boning the first T-shirt

D-boned and ready for the PRESS

Second step - stabilization w/HOT steam press:

Keeping hands & fingers away from the top of the press
is a very good thing!
Third step - time for ALL D-boned, pressed & stabilized t-shirts to dry overnight:

Let the drying begin!
Stacks of D-boned/stabilized t-shirts ready to dry overnight

Fourth step - the sewing of the sashings and borders:

Borders and sashings all cut and ready to assemble
The sewing begins
Fifth step - assembly of the t-shirts and the sashings & borders but First, time for a little math!  Since yours truly got the brilliant idea to NOT cut each T-shirt the same boring size, especially since said t-shirt wearer/owner is not very big in stature thus, said t-shirts are not very big either soooo, decided to change things up a bit.  The result was - since t-shirts are ALL different sizes, sashings would also ALL be different sizes!

Time for some quick measurements:

Measurements of each block per row
And then adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing to get the final results for each block's sashing:

Never thought ALL that math we learned in school would come in handy...
learn those math facts folks - there isn't a calculator in the world that could take these measurements and determine how to best sash out each t-shirt block!
Alrighty then - time for the final assembly:

Determining 'which t-shirt goes where' can take a bit of time -
kind of like putting together a FUN puzzle
But the final result is well worth the time spent:

All ready for final borders and the ultimate FUN...freehand quilting!
The borders have ALL been attached and the quilt is now on the frame getting quilted.  We chose a freehand quilting design that resembles a Lion's mane that we'll quilt in matte silver - fitting for a Marshall Lion Cheerleader T-shirt Memory quilt, don't you think?

Please Note: we've had some questions about this quilting design - this entire quilting design is hand-guided freehand style quilting w/NO computer driven quilting applied to any part of this quilt...'Miss Betty' and my favorite type of quilting...Thanks for asking!

Time to get back to quilting for the final reveal:

ALL ready for quilting
UPDATE 5-20-2015: Quilting is DONE!

Border quilting

Close-up of the pieced back - I always enjoy flipping the quilt over to see the backs ;-)

The final recipient of this T-shirt Memory quilt's Mom, hand-picked each and EVERY one of these coordinating fabrics - including the batiks!  They are indeed gorgeous - due to their nature, took almost two hours to freehand quilt each pass...and there were 12 total passes Plus borders ;-).

UPDATE 5-22-2015: Binding!

Check back for updates of the final reveal w/quilting, binding, special embroidered label.

UPDATE 5/24/2015 - QR coded label:

Special QR coded label that will scan straight to this blog posting w/any tag reader - neat, huh?
Custom embroidery quilt label for Kodie:

Stitching out the embroidery label

And drum roll, Please - the Final reveal:

ALL finished, ready to make it's final journey to meet the actual owner ;-)
This T-shirt Memory quilt has been an unforgettable experience for me and 'Miss Betty' and we feel truly honored to have been chosen to help encapsulate a few of Kodie's precious memories into her special quilt.

Continued Success and Good Luck to her as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.