Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quilting a Log Cabin QOV w/Updates...

Made some fairly good progress on one of the most recent Quilts of Valor I received from Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan:

McTavishing in the deep blue borders w/spikey flourished feathers throughout the logs
More freehand McTavishing in the upper border
Spikey flourished feathers w/McTavishing

Using one of my very favorite threads to quilt - LAVA Diamond Head, and it is quilting up beautifully!

I chose to take a queue from some of the blue log cabin fabrics, which had a swirl flourish motif - seems to be working out well and a bonus, it's FUN to do!

Jamie Wallen swirl technique

Welcome Back, Baxter - you dawg! ;-)
One of our wayward golden bears/retrievers decided to go on a 'Spring Fling' as one of my neighbors referred to his recent antics, for almost a week!  Whatever it was, we're glad he's back!

Now that I no longer have to spend my time driving up and down our country roads searching for my golden bear, I've been able to make more quilting headway!  I'm about halfway through this awesome Log Cabin QOV that 'Terri' did such an amazing job of piecing - hope to be all finished up by week's end.  I'll post updates when I finish and now...time to get back to the FUN!

UPDATE 3/20/2014:  Finished and ready to ship!

Patriotic Log Cabin QOV coming off the frame
McTavished side border up close

Spikey feather quilting w/swirl accents up close


Aren't these spikey feathers w/swirls neat?
And they match the eagle feathers in the center motif

Love the texture created w/feathering & McTavishing!
Patriotic Log Cabin QOV Stats:
Another real honor to have been chosen to quilt this amazing Patriotic Log Cabin Quilt of Valor - Thank YOU for the opportunity, a true pleasure!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Finishing up QOV Quilt Tops on National Quilt Day 2014

Been needing to tie up a few loose ends and FINISH a few things in my quilting studio.  First on the Quilt To Do List - add borders to several of the jelly roll quilt tops we started constructing on National Quilts of Valor Sew Day on February 1, 2014.  Here's the start of those borders:

Sewing yards & yards of fabric strips to create borders for jelly roll QOVs
When all the bias seams are finished, time to attach to each side of the quilt top:
Attaching pieced border strip to quilt top - right sides together ;-)

Notice the bias seam that joins the two different border fabrics together has been pressed open to reduce bulk in the seam allowance and for ease in quilting.

'CAMO' QOV quilt top getting it's borders...
Here are some of the finished Quilts of Valor jelly roll quilt tops w/borders, pressed and all ready to be quilted:

CAMO Quilt Of Valor w/borders - ready to go onto the frame to be quilted

Patriotic jelly roll QOV tops w/borders:
Patriotic jelly roll QOV #1 w/outside blue border
Patriotic jelly roll QOV #2 w/outside red border
We now have four (4) Quilt of Valor jelly roll quilt tops ALL ready to go to the frame and get quilted - you'll remember our original top created to demonstrate what a jelly roll Quilt of Valor would look like and how to do it for our National QOV Sew Day:

Red/White/Blue jelly roll Quilt of Valor w/borders

I've been contemplating adding a giant embroidered eagle emblem to the center of this quilt top, still working out those details.  Probably won't add it until 'after' it's completely quilted - I'll keep you posted!

In the meantime, looks like it's time for yours truly to head off to the quilting frame on National Quilt Day...;-)

Happy Quilting!

PS...Want to see some amazing quilt 'eye candy'?  Take a virtual National Quilt Day Tour of quilts: at the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world, The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - back again!

Lots going on, so we'll get right to it!  First, been working on getting some of my First Ladies BOM blocks completed, here are a couple:

One of the First Ladies BOMs blocks just getting completed

First Ladies Block - Rosalynn Carter

Another of the First Ladies completed BOM block

Most of my BOMs, including ALL of my Civil War BOMs to date, come from the  And in a word, AWESOME!  I love their line of products, exceptional customer service, and timely shipping. 


Received my new-to-me Singer Spartan for Valentine's, just now getting it out to take for a spin:

Singer SPARTAN sewing machine - in wonderful condition
Used it to finish piecing the Moda Robert Kaufman batik jelly roll strips:

I purchased two of these jelly rolls awhile back and you may remember, used one of them to create a Hurricane Sandy quilt, Serenity, which I loved soooo much, decided to make another one 'similar' to that one.

Received a box FULL of quilts from a very special online quilting buddy 'Katie' of Katie and Kwilts destined for some important charitable works in the very near future - Thank YOU, Katie (and Mickey ;-):

And last but certainly not least, FINALLY found my Anniversary car after searching for over a month, and drove him home recently:
2014 Cadillac SRX - one sweet ride!
Now, I have absolutely NO excuse why I cannot leave my driveway when the next MidWest winter storm decides to show up!

For now, time to get back to the FUN...