Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Day of QOV Hand Quilting

This was a last minute idea that turned into a great time.  Because of the ice storm we had last weekend, our first quilting day in 2017 with the QOV Eastern MO group was cancelled.  Our regular group of 100+ meets throughout the year at many different locations and the distances we have to travel vary from 5 to 50 miles to each venue. In bad weather this can  cause problems, so we cancel when there is ice or a big snow.

But that didn't stop some of us from starting the year out with a quilting day. We had our last big group sewing day last Fall and some of us were having withdrawals from not quilting with our friends for so long. So I decided to invite some ladies that live close to my house to come over and quilt. We set up a frame and loaded a QOV top that I had pieced last year. There were 8 of us and it turned out to be a real fun day. I made a pot of soup, homemade bread, salad and dessert for lunch.

Loaded in the frame with lots of help

Marking the final border "With a little help from my Friend"
Are you humming the Beatles song yet?

All hands on deck and ready to quilt.

We made good progress on this top. I forgot to get a picture of the end of the days' progress. I'll post a picture when the whole quilt is finished.  Between all the laughing and eating, we did manage to quilt some too.

I want to thank Brenda, Coleen, Karen, Jenny, Mary, Kathy and Sheron for taking time to help get this quilt started.  Hope you all had a fun day.  Maybe we should have to another impromptu day to finish up.?

Yesterday, we started putting together some of the QOV blocks that came in during the QOV Eastern MO Block Drive. Those pictures will be in a separate post later. The quilting and sewing bug has taken over at my house this week.  That's a "good" kind of bug. Thankfully the flu and cold bug has missed me. I don't have time to entertain him anyway.!   

Stay warm and healthy till next time.  Hope you are finding time to quilt and sew during these winter days.

Happy Sewing and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fabric Stash Report - Jan. 15

This week was good in the stash busting department.  The fabric from the QOV quilt that was finished last week was counted on last year's stash numbers, but the binding was made and attached this week, along with the label.

Also made a pillowcase to match the backing of the quilt and gifted fabric to a friend for a few backings for baby quilts.  All in all, I'm off to a good start for the new year.

Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 5.75 yds
YTD  Added - 0
YTD Used - 5.75

Linking up with Judy's Stash Report.

Friday, January 13, 2017

On The Needles and A Friday Finish

This is what is on my knitting needles this week. I'm still working on this 2nd pair of Scrappy Socks.
 Scrappy Frankensocks #2
Maybe now that the holiday hustle and bustle are behind me, I will get more knitting done this year and maybe a little quicker.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to work harder on my long UFO list.  I did manage to finish 5 quilts on my UFO last year; but that is just a drop in the bucket to the 75 UFOs on this list.  I hope to greatly improve on that number this year.  To that end, here is my first finished UFO for 2017.

Quilts of Valor - No. 1
This quilt was started last year when I launched the Block Drive for QOV Eastern MO.  I made three separate tops to test the block and several layouts.  I quilted this one with an overall design called Dancing Stars.  One down and many to go.

To see other knitting projects, check in with Judy at Patchwork Times HERE.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winners of the QOV Eastern Missouri Block Drive

I know, I'm a day late in announcing the winners from the QOV Block Drive. So sorry. I hope you will forgive me.  My only excuse is I was under the weather a day or two and just couldn't get my mojo moving to write out all the names on the slips of paper for the drawing and taking pictures of the prizes. I really think it was because my body was frozen from the cold temperatures we have been experiencing the last few days. Just can't get used to single digits. Hurry up Spring.

OK, I've written out 135 separate names on little slips of papers and the drawings are done.  Here are the winners.

$50 Gift Certificate - The Stencil Company 
Brenda K - MO

 Glide Thread -  Donated by Ann @ Attic Threads and Quilts  
   If you contact me quickly you can have your choice of color.    
  Lou C. - Troy, MO
Jennifer N. - IN
Cherie M. - IL

Kit w/pattern, beads and fabric - from Patch Abilities Inc.
Debbie T - MO

Two patterns from Kathy Schmitz - "Be Mine" and "Little Acorns"
Pat H. - FL

Fons and Porter Ergonomic Seam Ripper

"Learn to Quilt" Kit includes a Friendship Star pattern, Easy Angle Ruler and Quilter's pins
Suzanne M - MO

6 Spools of Madeira Machine Embroidery Threads
Rose Marie C - MO

 Fabric Doll Kit with Accessories
Jeanne C - MO

Clover 45mm Yo Yo Maker 
Carol P - MO

 Connecting Threads - 1,200 yds/spool
Each of the following will receive a spool of  CT thread
Katie B , Jerry W, Coleen S, Barb S, Rita B 

I will be contacting those who have won a prize. Those that are local, I will call you and make arrangements to get your prize to you.  If you are out of state, please send me your address (if I don't already have it) and I will get these in the mail to you next week.

THANK YOU all again for the sewing up a storm with these blocks and for making this such a success.  Thank you again to Jan of thecolorfulfabriholic for the block design. Also, a SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to the Perky Piecers in Troy, MO for the huge numbers of blocks they produced.  I have a special prize in mind for your group to be presented at one of your meetings. This is something that can't be sent through the mail. 

The real winners of this Block Drive are the Veterans who receive the quilts made from these blocks. We will now begin the task of putting together the tops and getting them quilted.  I've already finished one complete quilt with binding on it, so we are off to a good start. I feel it's a privilege to be able to honor our veterans in this way and I hope you feel the same. Many blessings to you and your family.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

QOV Block Drive Results

First off, I want to thank everyone who participated in the QOV Eastern Missouri Block Drive in any fashion - making blocks, donating prizes, sending fabrics to be used for backings and more blocks, and money to help purchase other supplies as needed.  I am so thrilled with the number of blocks we received and you don't know how thankful I am to you.  What a great way to start out 2017.

I bet you are wondering what the total numbers are, right? Well, I'll get to that in a minute, but I want to recognize a few more quilters who sent packages. The week between Christmas and New Years' Day there were still packages being delivered.

Jennifer of Quilting Mom's Blog sent in these great looking blocks.
from Jennifer, IN
Jennifer, you really do get a Gold star for taking time from your busy schedule right before Christmas to make and send these. Your efforts are much appreciated and they will add a little sunshine in our quilts. Thank you so much!!

A day later, I received these lovelies from Judy B.  She said she used her red and blue scraps, but after all was said and done, "couldn't see a dent at all in her stash". Thanks Judy, these will work with any of the quilt tops we will be putting together.
Judy B - MO
Then another surprise came from Karen of in the form of a monetary donation for "whatever is needed to complete the quilts" she said. This was so thoughtful and much appreciated.It will come in handy for backings and batting. Thank you so much Karen.
Karen - TX
Suzanne, a good friend came by expectantly and dropped off these 12 blocks. Don't they look nice on the design wall? Sort of like diamonds in the rough. Thank you Suzanne for the 'special delivery'. 

So, if you've stuck with me this long, you are probably waiting to know the final number of blocks that were made and received.  

Well.......  drum roll please.............

There were 751 half square log cabin blocks, plus 65 HST blocks put together to make 12 1/2" blocks in the diamond pattern.  That makes a total of  816 blocks.
If my calculations are correct, we should have about 17 quilt tops when all the blocks are assembled.
THANK YOU all very much!

Now if you really wanted to get technical, those 65 - (12.5") blocks were made up of 4 HST per block. Individually that would make 260 HST blocks. Add that number to the 751 and you get an amazing 1,011 blocks!!!  lol - there's always more than one way to look at something, right??

Now the fun really begins. I'm putting all the names in a paper bag (after I get them all written on slips of paper) and on Friday, January 6th I'll post the winners of the prizes. 

I hope you had fun making these blocks. Thanks again to Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic for the easy, and great looking block and for offering it to us for the block drive.  This was definitely a successful block drive for QOV Eastern Missouri..

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcoming in 2017

I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I welcomed in the New Year by sewing and knitting.  My mother always told me that whatever you are doing at midnight on the last day of the year, will be an indication of what things you probably will be doing a lot in the coming year. I certainly want to be doing a lot of sewing and knitting. How about you? I have a very long UFO list. Sure hope she's right.  I have actually finished 2 quilts by the end of January 1, 2017. Well it is Jan. 2 now, but it was close. lol

Here's an accounting in a nutshell of my sewing and knitting statistics for 2016.

Finished 3 of my UFO's from a list of over 75.  Did not make much of a dent in the list. Hopefully 2017 will be much better.

Fabric Used - 105.5 yards - for making and finishing quilts as gifts, for kids charities, QOV quilts and pillowcases to go with some of the quilts and more for several children's groups.  Many odds and end of blocks exchanges, wine carriers, and small totes.

Fabric added  - 4.5 yards

Knitted 3 1/2 pairs of socks

Quilted over 50 quilts for others   This will have to change in 2017 if I plan to make any headway on that long UFO list.

Some of my goals for 2017 -- Not in any particular order.
Eat better and get more sleep.  Take more time for me.
Hit my daily goal of walking more than 3 miles each day. (or 30 mins. exercise)
Finish more quilts from my long UFO list.
Expand my knitting skills to try other patterns.  Of course, always have a pair of socks on the needles.
Read more books.
Organize my sewing and knitting areas.
Use 200 yards of fabric stash without buying new fabric.

I am already being bad on the "more sleep" one right now since it's after 1:30 a.m. as I finish this.  Oops!

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Last On The Needles for 2016

Today is the last OTN for this year and I haven't made much progress on my pair of socks that I wanted to finish before year end.  I did get the 2nd sock started, and hope to finish it early in 2017.

As I was taking stock of what yarns I have and what I plan to knit in 2017, I uncovered several unfinished projects that were started long ago.  The one that I first want to finish is at the bottom of the picture,   It's a cowl called "That Nice Stitch" and is knitted on the diagonal. It was rolled up in my knitting bag so long, it has some folds that hopefully will come out when it's blocked. I may have to relearn the stitch pattern too. :)

Knitting in 2016 was a good year for making socks.  In 2017, maybe I will try some new items like mittens, hats, possibly a sweater if I'm brave.  There will always be socks on the needles too.  I'm addicted to them.! Looking forward to more knitting and learning new patterns in 2017 and seeing what everyone else is working on. Most of my projects have been because of seeing you post your knitting and that inspires me so much to try too.  Carol at Polka Dot Chicken is responsible for my love of sock knitting.  Now I will have lots of Frankensocks in my drawer., Thanks Carol.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments throughout the year on my blog.  They mean a lot to me and I feel encouraged to try new things.

Here's wishing all of you a Healthy and Happy New Year and be safe if you are driving for New Years Eve's celebrations. 

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pin Cushion Exchange

I'm running behind on my preparations for Christmas (as usually is the case), but I had to take a break from my baking and sewing to show you some really cute pin cushions from our exchange at one of the guilds. They are very clever and so creative.  Enjoy the handiwork of my talented friends.

A Matryoshka doll

Log Cabin 

Cupcake in ceramic holder

Funky Chicken

Made all with Wool 

Stacked Dresden Plates 

Puppy dog- perhaps a doxie

Slice of pie- lemon meringue or could it be banana creme?

Sewing kit

storage for thimble,thread, needles

Cherry pie or maybe strawberry?

Tiny Tuffet

A gift all wrapped up and ready to use

Froggy pincushion and thread catcher

Hexie Pincushion 

This opened up to reveal a place to hold needles
We all thought it resembled a turtle, but maker said no.

What quilter doesn't like a little chocolate in her sewing room?

I will definitely have to add some of these to my pin cushion collection during 2017. They are just too cute.

Now back to my baking and sewing on labels for quilts to give this year.

Friday, December 16, 2016

OTN and Two Friday Finishes

Finally finished the first sock of my latest scrappy pair.  I hate to admit it but my notes say I started this pair on October 19th.  Did I mention that I'm not the fastest knitter. lol  But in my defense, I have finished several quilts during that time, plus a lot of piecing.

One down and the 2nd will be started with that little ball to the right.  Will I make it before Christmas? Probably not if the speed of the first one is any indication. lol

What I'm really proud of is finishing the quilt for my friend Barb's husband.  As I mentioned before, she passed suddenly and we were all shocked.  She and I were at a retreat together when she started feeling bad.  We took her to the hospital in the nearest city, and they ran tests, but said she should see her own doctor.  She did that as soon as she got home.  Less than a month later she was gone.

Barb had many, many UFOs, as we quilters do, and I offered to finish them and give them to her family as designated. This one was started for her husband.  Now it's totally finished, bound, labelled and will be given to her husband for Christmas.  Yahoo!!

106" 106"
Here's a closer view of the piecing. Lots of scrappy goodies.

A view from the back.
Quilted using"Featheration" by Meredith England for Golden Threads

The other quilt that I finished this week was pieced by Mary S, and I quilted it.  It was a Block of the Month from Susie Q's Quilt Shop in O'Fallon, MO.  It's a Wing and A Prayer design called Mulberry Stars and is all done in batiks.

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Friday, December 9, 2016

On The Needles and More QOV Blocks

I'm still working on the first sock of a Frankensock scrappy pair. Just rounded the heel and working on the foot.  There is just so much that needs to be done for getting ready for the Christmas holidays that I haven't taken time to sit and knit much.  I can't wait for some down time after the first of the year.

I'm still accepting blocks for the QOV of Eastern MO block drive.  This is what came in during the week mixed in among the Christmas cards.  I always open the squishy packages before the cards. Wouldn't you??

These great blocks came from Cherie, of Quilted Jonquil.  Cherie, I love all the different reds and blues you used.  Thanks a bunch Cherie for taking time to send these to me.

The next four red blocks are from Ginny, a sweetheart of a lady who quilts with us during the year at monthly meetings.

Many thanks Ginny.  I hope to see you in 2017 at our first quilt day.  You will be seeing a lot of these blocks when they come through as tops for quilting.

I'm linking up with Judy's OTN post.  Stop by and see what others are kniting these days.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Design Wall and QOV Update

More leaf blocks were added to the #2 Design Wall this past week along with the other piecing projects I mentioned on my post yesterday. Soon I'll have enough blocks to start putting them in rows. There are more blocks in back of the ones with little tags on them. The design wall was not big enough to hold them all.

My focus this week will be to organize and update the QOV Block Drive blocks that have come in recently. The postman has been extra special this past week and here's what he brought. Seeing these packages in the mail makes me happy, happy and it feels like Christmas.

First the postman left a squishy package from Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic who made bunches of QOV blocks for the Block Drive.  She sent in almost enough for a full quilt top!  Thank you so much Jan. They look so crisp and bright and will make a beautiful quilt top.  I'll be on the lookout for an appropriate backing for these fresh, modern blocks.  

A few days later, I received another big package from the group in Troy, MO. Kevin of  Kevin the Quilter was the surprise postman delivering these.  No, he did not take on another job for the holidays, he was in the area to help me with a non-quilting project. You know when you have a large, heavy box to move, it always helps to have a big, strong young man around to help.  He was kind enough to oblige.

Four HST blocks were sewed together to make a bigger block and get this design. 
Another fun arrangement of the block.

Check out Lady Liberty in this block. Isn't that cool?
THANK YOU Kevin and the Troy Ladies for the big bag of blocks.  We are going to have lots of fun assembling them into quilts when our sew days resume after the first of the year.  

AND THEN, as if that wasn't enough excitement for the week, I got another box on the weekend from Libby the Hillside Quilter with some wonderful fabrics for more QOVquilts. They were all packaged and folded so neatly, you would swear they had come directly from the fabric companies.  There are some beautiful Civil War repros here that will be used for quilts for our veterans. 

THANK YOU so much Libby for your generosity.  These fabrics will be put to good use right after we assemble the Block Drive quilts.   

The QOV Block drive is still going until the end of the year.  We have received another prize to add to the list.  For every 4 blocks you send, your name will be put in the drawing for the prizes.  Santa is most likely going to bring some gifts in his sack to add to the pot.  Wonder what he will bring next?

Here's one that came in this week.

6 Spools of Madeira Machine Embroidery Threads
Madeira Machine Embroidery Threads
Comes with an 8 page thread guide with useful tips, ideas and accessory suggestions. You can check out some of the other prizes HERE.

Hope everyone is keeping busy with projects and preparations for Christmas.  I know I am.  Now I'd better get busy if I want to get that big quilt bound anytime soon. Still do not have my house decorated either.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday.  If you have time, check out some wonderful eye candy on other design walls.

Happy Stitching this week.