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Colorful 16 Patch

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Daffodils and so much more are in bloom, temps have been very moderate for spring, all of which makes staying in the studio a little tough. I also was gone for a week to Florida in January and last week four days to Charleston, SC. I did, however, manage to complete a 16 patch that was started two years ago! I love the brightness of this quilt. All shot cottons were used. These fabrics were a bit challenging to use especially when quilting. I found a secret to using shot cottons is to starch, starch, starch!

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It was an appropriate finish for this early Spring – I couldn’t resist a pic with the daffodils. When it was complete, I looked at all the finished quilts in my home (no, I won’t try to give a number!) and decided this quilt was better designated as a Hospice quilt. It should bring some brightness to a patient or family member.

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Today’s link-ups:  WIPS on Wednesdays, Em’s Scrapbag, Let’s Bee Social

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Red, White & Blue Quilt Blocks

A quilting tool and notions company, Martelli Enterprises, recently announced a quilt block drive for 12 1/2 inch blocks that exhibit a theme of law enforcement and patriotism. I had just finished quilting two quilts, so the timing was perfect. Not too much red, white and blue in my stash, bits and pieces really, but I did manage to put together nine blocks. No real planning – just cut and go. It all turned out okay, but there were two mis-cuts. I really need to start curbing my enthusiasm, plan a bit better, and measure twice cut once! They are already in the mail – astonishing – and I love knowing they will be put in a quilt that will comfort a person or family. Love it when a company shows its heart and gets involved this way.

Scrapbuster – A Work in Progress

About a year ago I put a pile of 2 1/2″ green print squares at my sewing machine and began a “leader ender” project. This is a Bonnie Hunter idea that allows you to make 2 quilts at once! I wanted to set the small squares off with a 4 1/2″ square that was a green on white print.  At first I had the greens in groups of four, but decided to change things up a bit and make it a block of 6 (two rows of three). I loved the look, and setting it on point, but was not able to have an even edge with all of the white blocks in a row. It just didn’t line up because of the odd size. That’s okay – I really like it! And, I think the quilt police have finally given up on me! I have used a lime green print for the border. Amazing how it brings out all the different greens in the quilt top. I also added an outside border that somewhat mimicked the quilt pattern. I find that borders like these really help to highlight the main part of the quilt.

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corner border (Large) It is now all sandwiched and ready to quilt, which I am about to do myself. Machine quilting is definitely my weak point, so there’s no telling when the WIP will be a finished project. I am going to make myself enjoy the process and pat myself on the back knowing that I am stretching myself – a lot.

Stashbuster – For a Good Cause

When I retired in March, I envisioned redesigning my blog and faithfully posting every week. So what has happened? I’m doing a lot of reading and enjoying it immensely. The home projects I just didn’t get to while working have won! Not complaining though, as it really feels good to be getting stuff done! The yard and garden are finally getting the attention they deserve and need. In return, I am getting more exercise than I do sitting at the computer or at the sewing machine. (Does getting up and down to press count?!)

Squared up and ready for binding.

Squared up and ready for binding.

I have managed to complete another quilt.  Quilters Dream Batting has been a faithful sponsor of the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. They also sponsor the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS and I wanted to do a throw quilt for this worthy cause. I have several sales sample packs and cut two of the same fabric packs into 5 inch squares. I then cut some of those into fourths and some into halves. One whole, two halves and a fourth make up one block. Easy and fun!

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All bound and finished and going to the post office next week to be sent off. This is my second completed charity quilt this year! I truly hope it brings warmth and comfort to someone who is living with ALS.

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Going for the Gold

IMG_0363 (Large) A young lady in our community who has also been a part of my quilt guild, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. This award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Having been adopted at 14 months old from Russia, she has a keen awareness of those in need of adoption or in the foster care system. Her project is to make and donate 16 twin size quilts for teens who age out of the Foster care program, and also raising community awareness about the needs for Foster Care. She is also putting together baby quilts for her orphanage. She shares her project and it’s progress on Diana’s Golden Needle,  and all are encouraged to lend to this worthy project. IMG_0362 (Large) Diana’s is using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern. Each year at the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat blocks are constructed for a charity quilt and this year all helped in the construction of blocks for Diana’s quilts. The blocks are pretty and fun to put together.

I am excited for this fine young woman and for her project. You can follow this excellent project and see some great pics on Diana’s Facebook page, Diana’s Golden Needle. You can also join in the fun to assist her in this project – please message her first to see what her present needs are.

Charity Quilt Workshop Day

CharityBaby (Large)Yesterday several of us gathered to work on charity quilts.  It’s fun to get together to sew, chat, and share. We even had a nice big basket of fabric to go through that a former guild member donated for our charity quilts. Of course, we all acted as though we needed more fabric. Our guild donates quilts to the local hospitals to be given to children and teens admitted there.  Everyone does their own thing.  There are baby quilts and lap quilts. Last year several quilts were donated to the women’s abuse home nearby. I had my baby quilt all cut out.  I had bought a panel designed for a soft baby book, but decided to cut some of the blocks to make quilts instead.  I was able to piece the whole quilt at the workshop and get it sandwiched together.  I was lacking the quilting thread I wanted, so I quilted it when I got home, machine stitched the binding and yeah – done!! And there is an extra bonus – it it one of my UFO’s for our guild’s challenge!

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Another UFO that I posted about earlier is now quilted and bound. I just finished it this week and am so happy that my daughter wants this one.  That makes nine of my 20 UFO’s complete. I am really itching to start a new quilt but am holding to the challenges. How long can I hold out???

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The Hydrangeas and Astilbes are the big treats in the garden this week. My one and only Calla Lilly is lavender. Lots of rain has made all the flowers very happy.

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