Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quilts of Valor Update

It's been a while since I've shown some of the Quilts of Valor quilts that have been quilted recently and presented to our veterans.  These are all hand quilted by the women who come together twice a month at our Eastern Missouri Chapter.

We mark some of the quilting motifs with the washable Crayon markers.
All the quilts have a heart quilted some place in the quilt and a label with room for their name and sentiments from the quilters.  They are washed and matched up with a pillowcase then they are ready for presenting.
The quilting on this one was exceptional. 

Here are two veterans who received their quilts at our meeting recently.
This month marks the 11th Anniversary of our group and we have presented just a tad under 2,200 quilts to veterans across the U.S.  We are still going strong with over 100 members and average more than 90 attending most sew days.

Tomorrow is another QoV sew day, so I'd better get to bed.   If you are ever in the St. Charles area on a sew day, come by and see us.  The schedule of when and where we meet is on the tab under my header that says "QOV Eastern MO Chapter Schedule."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stash Report -Week #30 July 24

Since last posting a Stash Report, I've been quilting several quilts (not my own), hand quilting at our Quilts of Valor group, tending the vegetable garden and trying to keep cool. It's been so blasted hot here that it makes me tired and not wanting to do much of anything.

I did give some fabric to a friend for the backings on two baby quilts, so I can claim some fabric used from my stash.

Fabric Report - July 24, 2016 Wk #30
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards

Fabric Used this week- 3 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  53.11  yards

I am linking up with Patchwork Times - Stash report.

Friday, July 15, 2016

OTN- Scrappy Socks

I finally got started on my first pair of scrappy socks and I'm loving how they are turning out.  It is such fun not knowing how the next small tidbit of yarn will work up.  Can't wait to finish this sock and begin it's partner.  Since I am a big fan of scrap quilts, this is right up my alley. This might turn into an addiction similar to fabric scraps, which has gotten out of control in my sewing room.  If this happens, just know Carol F that I will have to contact you to see if you have a cure.  lol

Sorry this picture is laying on it's side.  I. couldn't figure out how to rotate the picture within blogger after it was on the blog post.

Check out OTN at Patchwork Times today and see other knitted treats.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stash Report and Quilts of Valor

As promised, here are the two QOV quilts that I mentioned earlier.  The blocks were given to me and the lady wanted them to be used for a veteran's quilt.  I managed to use every block in the bag. Many of the blocks were only half blocks which I assumed were to be some type of border around the proposed King Size quilt, but with no pattern of the original quilt, I did the best I could.  I think they turned out ok though.

I took the most of the sampler blocks and set them with a standard sashing between them and added a border to get the size needed.  The fabric for the sashing and border was from my stash of 3 different gold/tan fabrics,and the border is blue with small gold and tan motifs in it.

1st QOV - Sampler with sashing
With the remainder of the sampler blocks I scattered them randomly using some chain blocks alternatively and in rows around them. There were not enough to place them alternately throughout. Since I wanted to use all the blocks I could; and with no matching background fabric to make more, I placed them at the top and bottom to get to make it bigger. I noticed after all was said and done, that the design is not centered, but otherwise I'm happy with the results.

2nd QOV - Sampler blocks & chain block

After using all the complete blocks, I had a bunch of half and quarter pieced blocks left over. These were put together and added to the backing when I pieced it.  It's quilted with a panto called "Star Dance."

The binding is sewn on and all that is needed is the hand stitching of the binding and a QOV label.
Most of the fabric was counted in last week's report, so only the binding was included this week, but the usage is still going in the right direction.

Fabric Report - July 3, 2016 Wk #27
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2 yards

Fabric Used this week- 1/2 yd (for binding of QOV) 
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  52.11  yards

Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Stop by to catch up on how others used their stashes this week.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On The Needles

I finally took time to cast on my first pair of "Scrappy Socks" or as Carolfun calls them her Frankensocks.  I used a pattern that I've made before and things were going great.  They are turning out really neat.  Then I thought to try it on to see if I could get the cuff over my heel.  Well, not so good.  If I hold my breath and close my eyes, they will almost stretch over the biggest part of the heel and arch of my foot!  I wonder if they will block out a bit bigger if I keep going?  It has taken me so long to get this far, it kills me to have to rip back and start over totally.  Decisions, decisions.

Well, it's another day and I made the decision to leave these as they are and keep going.  I have added the next little ball of yarn and will keep my fingers crossed that they work out ok.  If not, someone who likes soft, handmade scrappy socks will receive them as a gift.

Here they are with the new yarn added. 

Linking up with Judy's OTN a little late.