Monday, April 30, 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
We spent the day at Ft. Riley (Kansas) celebrating my niece’s husband’s retirement from the US Army. He has had a 28 year distinguished career. My niece retired a few years ago after a 24 year US Army career. It was an honor to be a part of the celebration. One of the traditional gifts to retirees from this unit is a rocking chair - with a plaque identifying rank, and deployments. Pete surprised his wife with a matching rocker with her own rank and deployment plaque. They can enjoy them on the porch on their Texas ranch. Their granddaughter Bailey was able to be here too, along with plenty of other family members.
Pete planned a fun afternoon for the whole group as well. We toured the horse barn of the Mounted Color Guard on base, and spent a couple of hours seeing the helicopters here. Pete flew Apaches, and he arranged for the group to see (and sit in) Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopters. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and was probably the highlight of my husband’s day.
Thank you for your service Pete - and enjoy your well-earned retirement. We were honored to be a part of this day.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Having Tuesday afternoon off was a perfect opportunity to get some sewing therapy. I made a couple more of the Diamond Tile blocks with some fun scraps hanging out in the bins. I love the beach pail fabric. I used it on the back of a "flip flop" quilt that has been hanging on the guest bathroom wall since we moved into this house 12 years ago. So it was definitely time to use up some more of it. Isn't that lobster pail cute?
Five more Garlic Knot blocks came together quickly and are now added to the stack for the guild Quilt of Valor project coming up in May.
There was no chance of getting bored because I kept switching projects. And I have half of the jelly roll quilt rows put together. I have a layer cake of the same fabric and am kind of thinking that I'll use it to add some borders on this one to make it bigger. It will only be 48" wide without borders, so I think it needs to grow. I had 2 jelly rolls and a layer cake of the Christmas prints, plus the white background, and small amounts of the green and red solids. So I may as well use up as much of the fabric as possible by adding a border. Plus there are enough jelly roll strips left to use for binding.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sailboat Excursion - I'm not sure I see where this block name originated. But I like the simplicity of the design. These are latest Saturday Sampler blocks. The layout is pretty simple, with a reversal of the light and dark fabrics in the second block. Each unit of these blocks was just a simple half square triangle.
And I finished the presentation pillowcase from my stash of patriotic fabrics. This can be used with one of our guild Quilts of Valor. I finally feel like I've made a little progress in using up some of the big stash of fabric I've collected over the years. It's not a huge dent, but it is progress.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Digging through the stash to see what other patriotic fabrics I've been
This is actually the Saturday Sampler block pattern from last month. It's called Homemade Ice Cream and looks a little like the dasher in an ice cream churn. I like it in red, cream, and blue just as well as my original fabric choice.
I also cut and prepped a pillowcase from some of the other pieces in that patriotic stash. It can be used for a future presentation pillowcase once I get it sewn.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
One of our long time members is downsizing and she gave more than 20 gorgeous patriotic blocks to the guild to use in a future Quilt of Valor. There are some really amazing blocks in this collection. I was told that they were from a block exchange. All I can say is "Wow - and thank you Mary!"
And I've made 4 blocks (so far) to add to that mix. While I'm digging in those red, white, and blue scraps and stash I may make a few more.
We are having a Quilt of Valor work session the morning of our May meeting. I counted out Garlic Knot blocks, and we had enough to finish one quilt and 26 more to start another. Those are now organized and ready to go. I also pulled 2 really pretty Garlic Knot blocks out of the stack because I feel that they fit much better with the blocks that Mary gave us. They are on the right side of the picture above. These Garlic Knots are so pretty. Besides, I know that folks will come that morning with more blocks. It's really looking like we could get 3 more QOV tops made in the next month to add to the 3 we have ready to present.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
At our guild meeting this weekend, one of our members donated several beautiful patriotic blocks to use for future Quilts of Valor. The blocks were not all the exact same size or shape and were from a block exchange she had been involved in. We are having a QOV sewing session the morning of our May guild meeting. So we'll figure out a layout to use those blocks that day. I'm thinking a nice gold sashing to separate them should work well.
That made me start thinking about a possible future guild challenge of making 12" blocks that we can put into Quilts of Valor. Everyone could just choose to make their favorite block, keeping the patriotic color scheme and the size. This could be a way to make multiple quilt tops quickly.
So with these ideas racing around my head, I had some fun on Sunday playing with some patriotic blocks. The star block at the top is actually leftover star units from the QOV that I just had quilted. I had 8 extras, so I can make another block like this too. And the block at the bottom used the Diamond Tile block from the new Quiltmaker magazine. This was the block in Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps column, and I added the blue corner triangles and the red border to make it 12" finished.
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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Our Guild has a table today at a fundraiser luncheon for the local Safe House. One of our members did a fabulous job decorating with vintage sewing items. There is an antique machine, a bowl of antique thimbles and spools, vintage linens, and more.
And as a guild we donated 2 quilts for the silent auction. I made the one with the yellow border. It’s a fun day and usually raises a lot of money for the Safe House.
We have a sewing day planned for our May meeting day where we hope to finish a third Quilt of Valor and start another. One of our members today donated a bunch of patriotic blocks that she had from a block exchange. So we have a great starting point for another Quilt of Valor in the future.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
And then last night my daughter (who rarely posts to Facebook) posted 2 photos that I didn't know she had even taken. We didn't get any photos of all of the kids together unfortunately, but she did manage to capture the checkers games that Mason played with grandpa. He's getting closer to beating grandpa. He's figuring out strategy.