Saturday, July 5, 2014

Quilting Mary Anne's QOV

Betcha thought I forgot ALL about you, didn't you?  Especially since it's been awhile since I posted!  NO worries - been a tad busy over at 'the other blog' getting lots done and finally almost caught up ;-) 

And...been working on this gorgeous Quilt of Valor of Mary Anne's from those Quirky Quilters w/Clairellen in Michigan:

Mary Anne's QOV coming off the frame
Did you notice those really neat pieced borders?

Pieced checkerboard borders - outline quilted








And was able to do LOTS of McTavishing in the two borders that straddle the pieced border w/LAVA Sand Bar:






McTavishing in both borders that straddle the pieced border





Can you see the 'Star Dance' panto in the central part of the quilt?  It's even easier to see from the back:

Star Dance Panto from UrbanElementz.com

McTavishing w/Star Dancing Panto


This was such a neat Quilt of Valor to quilt and I enjoyed every minute of it...Thank YOU, Mary Anne (and Clairellen) for allowing me the honor and privilege of quilting your wonderful QOV.

Time to get back to it...

Later,
~Deb

Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrating 4th of July 2014 - fireworks w/Boston POPS

Celebrating our Independence w/America's Orchestra, the Boston POPS complete w/Fireworks Display:

 
Don't forget to Thank a Vet... 

Happy 4th Everyone!
~Deb

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quilting Sandra's QOV

Another gorgeous Quilt of Valor from Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan.  This one has a unique quilt design with a wonderful border just right for McTavishing:

McTavish quilting in the red star border














McTavishing w/LAVA Diamond Head - another favorite!

















The interior was perfect for a favorite panto of mine from UrbanElementz.com - Star Dance:

Star Dance Panto quilted in interior w/McTavishing in Red border
And from the back:

Back view of quilting
















Finished quilting, coming off the frame:

Sandra's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
This was such a true honor and privilege to quilt Sandra's Quilt of Valor...Thank YOU!

And now, time to load another very special quilt for quilting...
~Deb

Monday, June 2, 2014

Quilting Paula's Quilt of Valor

Those Quirky Quilters of Clairellen's in Michigan have been some very busy quilters!  Recently, I received an email from Clairellen letting me know that at their recent Quirky Quilters Guild Meeting in May, those quilters had turned in not one, not two, not even three, but SIX Quilts of Valor quilt tops! 

Now Clairellen, being the very diplomatic/NICE person that she is, assured me she certainly didn't expect me to quilt ALL of them but, I needed to choose which ones she should send...seriously?  I cannot choose, so of course I emailed back letting her know I simply could not choose but she could, OR she could just send them ALL - she did ;-).  And are they GORGEOUS!

Here's the first one coming off my frame:
Paula's Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
Paula's QOV is so colorful w/really interesting piecing so, Miss Betty and I decided to go a little unconventional for what we typically do with quilting.  We chose to use the Star Dance Patriotic Panto from urbanelementz.com and I do believe it suits this wonderful Quilt of Valor quite nicely.

Star Dance Panto from UrbanElementz.com
Here are a few close-ups of the panto quilting w/McTavishing in the blue border:

Star Dance panto w/McTavishing in blue border




You all know me well enough by now to know that I will do just about anything to figure out a way to add McTavishing to a quilt, and this one was just begging for some ;-):

McTavishing in action
A few more quilting close-ups:

Border quilting




I took advantage of the grid in the star border and just 'grid quilted' that out.  It's hard to see in these photos but, it's there.







And the finished QOV all trimmed and ready to be shipped:

Paula's Quilt of Valor ready to ship!
Thank YOU Paula, for allowing me the honor of quilting your Quilt of Valor...
~Deb

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' for FUN!

Took time out to quilt a FUN John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' quilt:

John Deere/Truck quilt
Had to use some 'authentic' John Deere flannel fabrics for the backing:

John Deere Flannel backing
And put on some John Deere fabric binding:

Top stitching the binding using pen-stitch and John Deere yellow thread
Finishing up the binding


I free-hand quilted this FUN quilt w/double circle quilting motif that was so Fast & FUN.  I highly recommend taking time out from time to time and creating one of these types of quilts - whether as a gift or to give to someone in need, they are wonderfully refreshing and plain FUN!






All completed and ready for a special quilt label
This John Deere/Truck 'Hug 'n Lug' is for a very special friend of our family who just turned 1 ;-)  Time to finish up the very special quilt label and matching pillow case!

Later,
~Deb

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Honors

To Honor and remember those who have fallen:


Thank You to ALL those Service Members and Veterans whom have sacrificed and served our country so we can be Free,
~Deb

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Quilts of Compassion Needs Quilts NOW...

The following is an exerpt from a Facebook posting on 5/21/2-14 by 'Quilts of Compassion', Please read, help if you can or pass on to someone who might be able to...Thank YOU!

 Photo: ***QUILTERS WE NEED YOUR HELP - UPDATE 5/21/14***We need the help of our incredibly generous quilting community to help us "Bring Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting" in these communities. We estimate a minimum of 1500 quilts will be needed for 2 deployments. Please let your friends, quilt guilds and quilt shops in your areas know about our need and the mission of our organization. We are accepting quilts of all sizes for men, woman, children and infants. At this time we have plenty of children's quilts and baby blankets. We are in need of quilts for MEN & WOMEN. They may be quilted or tied. If you enjoy crocheting, we can certainly use afghans of all sizes too. We are praying to receive 1500+ quilts in the next 3-6 weeks!!! We know that we have an incredibly loving community of volunteers and quilters from around the country!!! We have finalized plans for the deployments of our Disaster Response Teams and we need 750 quilts for EACH deployment to bless those that have been directly impacted by tornadoes in recent weeks. Most have lost their homes & all of their possessions, some have lost their place of employment, some have been injured and with deep sorrow...some have lost loved ones and friends. Your quilt donation is a beautiful blessing to those that we serve in these areas. We deliver ALL quilts DIRECTLY to those that have been impacted by the storms. Our first team will deploy 5/26 - 6/1 to:~Baxter Springs, KS~Quapaw, OK~Vilonia, AR~Mayflower, ARand we will stop in Joplin, MO & Moore, OK as part of our continuing support for these communities. Our second team will deploy 6/22 - 6/27 to: ~Tupelo, MS~Louiville, MS~Fayettville, TNwith possible additions of towns in surrounding areas.There is a third deployment that we are assessing to Beaver Crossing, NE after several EF3 tornadoes devastated a town of 400 families on Mother's Day AND we are assessing several avenues to have quilts delivered in the San Diego County area to those that have lost their homes to the devastating wildfires.BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP...To date, our Disaster Response Team has delivered over 10,000 prayer quilts and counting to the following communities: *Joplin - 2011,2012,2013 - 7 deployments and continuing support.*Henryville, IN - 2012*Harrisburg, IL - 2012*Boston, MA - 2013*Moore, OK & surrounding communities - 2013 - 2 deployments and continuing support. *Oregon, OH - 2013*Perrysburg, OH - 2013*Jerry City, OH - 2013*Cloverdale, OH - 2013*Washington, IL - 2013*Peoria, IL - 2013*Pekin, IL - 2013*Kokomo, IN - 2014If sending quilts USPS, please send to...Quilts of CompassionDisaster Response Team PO Box 350296Toledo, OH 43635If sending quilts Fed Ex or UPS, please send to...Quilts of CompassionDisaster Response Team8248 Deerpointe DriveToledo, OH 43617 We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our COMMUNITY of quilters, volunteers and those that financially support our organization in a variety of ways. We need your help to reach our goal of 1500 quilts and to complete 2 deployments in 2 months to 10 cities in 7 states. We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization and we work tirelessly with our Quilts of Compassion COMMUNITY to "Bring Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting." If you have any questions, please contact me at 419-708-9343 or send an email to quiltsofcompassion@gmail.com. Thank-you so much for your prayerful consideration and generosity,Janice GrimesFounderQuilts of Compassion

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quilts-of-Compassion/336600644288 

***QUILTERS WE NEED YOUR HELP - UPDATE 5/21/14***
We need the help of our incredibly generous quilting community to help us "Bring Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting" in these communities. We estimate a minimum of 1500 quilts will be needed for 2 deployments. Please let your friends, quilt guilds and quilt shops in your areas know about our need and the mission of our organization. We are accepting quilts of all sizes for men, woman, children and infants. At this time we have plenty of children's quilts and baby blankets. We are in need of quilts for MEN & WOMEN. They may be quilted or tied. If you enjoy crocheting, we can certainly use afghans of all sizes too. We are praying to receive 1500+ quilts in the next 3-6 weeks!!! We know that we have an incredibly loving community of volunteers and quilters from around the country!!!

We have finalized plans for the deployments of our Disaster Response Teams and we need 750 quilts for EACH deployment to bless those that have been directly impacted by tornadoes in recent weeks. Most have lost their homes & all of their possessions, some have lost their place of employment, some have been injured and with deep sorrow...some have lost loved ones and friends. Your quilt donation is a beautiful blessing to those that we serve in these areas. We deliver ALL quilts DIRECTLY to those that have been impacted by the storms.

Our first team will deploy 5/26 - 6/1 to:
~Baxter Springs, KS
~Quapaw, OK
~Vilonia, AR
~Mayflower, AR
and we will stop in Joplin, MO & Moore, OK as part of our continuing support for these communities.

Our second team will deploy 6/22 - 6/27 to:
~Tupelo, MS
~Louiville, MS
~Fayettville, TN
with possible additions of towns in surrounding areas.

There is a third deployment that we are assessing to Beaver Crossing, NE after several EF3 tornadoes devastated a town of 400 families on Mother's Day AND we are assessing several avenues to have quilts delivered in the San Diego County area to those that have lost their homes to the devastating wildfires.
 

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP...

To date, our Disaster Response Team has delivered over 10,000 prayer quilts and counting to the following communities:

*Joplin - 2011,2012,2013 - 7 deployments and continuing support.
*Henryville, IN - 2012
*Harrisburg, IL - 2012
*Boston, MA - 2013
*Moore, OK & surrounding communities - 2013 - 2 deployments and continuing support.
*Oregon, OH - 2013
*Perrysburg, OH - 2013
*Jerry City, OH - 2013
*Cloverdale, OH - 2013
*Washington, IL - 2013
*Peoria, IL - 2013
*Pekin, IL - 2013
*Kokomo, IN - 2014

If sending quilts USPS, please send to...
Quilts of Compassion
Disaster Response Team
PO Box 350296
Toledo, OH 43635

If sending quilts Fed Ex or UPS, please send to...
Quilts of Compassion
Disaster Response Team
8248 Deerpointe Drive
Toledo, OH 43617

We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our COMMUNITY of quilters, volunteers and those that financially support our organization in a variety of ways. We need your help to reach our goal of 1500 quilts and to complete 2 deployments in 2 months to 10 cities in 7 states. We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization and we work tirelessly with our Quilts of Compassion COMMUNITY to "Bring Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting."

If you have any questions, please contact me at 419-708-9343 or send an email to quiltsofcompassion@gmail.com.

Thank-you so much for your prayerful consideration and generosity,

Janice Grimes
Founder
Quilts of Compassion

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quilts-of-Compassion/336600644288



'Miss Betty' and I will be sending at least one full-size quilt - if you can do the same, that would be Awesome!

~Deb