Friday, September 30, 2016

Another Finish for QOV

Opps.  This got published before I had finished putting in the pictures.  Don't know how that happened.  Reposted with the rest of content. 

Just took this one off the machine and it's ready for the hand binding part.  I love doing the binding by hand, don't you?  It is so relaxing and it means the quilt is just about finished and ready for someone to snuggle under.

This was pieced by Vivian.  She did a beautiful job of putting this together.

I received these beautiful blocks this week  from Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs in South Carolina. Thanks so much Cindy. They look great. She made one in each colorway-1with/light and 1/dark

I also found out that two blocks in a standard envelope can be mailed for one stamp.  Nice to know.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Design Wall and Update on QOV Block Drive

Here it is officially Autumn and our temperatures are starting to feel appropriate for the season.  We are guaranteed a perfect fall week for the next 6 days--highs in low 70's and nights in 50-60's.  I'm ready, how about you?

Finally I have something to put up on my design wall thanks to some awesome quilters and friends.

These are just a few that I received this weekend, so now the fun starts-- playing around on the design wall with layouts.

These came from a Scrap Wrap Up Party I attended this weekend at Kevin The Quilter's home. His Scrap Club ladies brought lots of QOV blocks to start the drive off in style.  Here is what came in from 15 different quilters.  They really surprised me.  Well, there are definitely some major overachievers in this group-- Brenda K made- 38 blocks and is in the lead, Lou C. is a close second with 30 blocks and third is Carol P with 20 blocks. Thanks so much to each and everyone of you for participating in this drive. All of these blocks are appreciated and will be used to make quilts for our veterans which I know they will love.  Here's what I counted so far in addition to the three mentioned earlier.  Ree C-6; Clifdel-4; Linda E-2; Katie B-4;Sandy W-2; Sue B.-6; Diana-2; Barb S-10; and three who did not put their names on their stacks-10, 6 and 3.  If any of you turned your blocks in to Kelly at O Sew Personal please let me know how many and your name and I will fill in my chart.  Thank you all - You made my day!

There will be prizes awarded at the end of the drive for the most blocks donated (top 3 positions) and a second drawing for anyone making 4 or more blocks.  I am still lining up prizes, but will keep you posted as they come in.

If anyone did no see my original post, you can check it out HERE and thanks to Jan and Alycia, the step by step tutorial is HERE.   Any blocks for my drive can be sent to the address below.

2627 Bates Rd.
O'Fallon, MO 63368.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times to see more design walls before I get busy playing with blocks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Design Wall Monday and QOV

Not much new on design wall this morning.  Made a couple more blocks for block drive and played around with them a bit.  Just testing different layouts.

It's been busy around here these first few days of Autumn-like weather.  Trying to get the veggie and flower gardens cleaned out, trimming back some overgrown weedy areas and keeping up with quilting donation quilts has keep me flying from one place to the other.  But soon it will be too cold to work outside and I can sew and knit to my hearts delight in my sewing room.

I've been whittling away at my scraps for a long time, but still don't see any signs that I'm making a dent in them.  Since the Eastern MO QOV Block Drive has started, I've been cutting and sewing a few blocks when I find a little time. Nothing to report as used until all the blocks have been made for a top, Hopefully, more blocks will start rolling in and I can concentrate on putting the rows together and take a break from piecing the blocks.  If you missed the announcement of the QOV block drive, you can read about it HERE.

And talking about QOV, here are some of the veterans who received their QOV quilt at last week's meeting.  We had 5 veterans receiving quilts and their families attended the presentation. These veterans served in Korea, Viet Nam, WWII and Desert Storm. It is such a wonderful experience to see their faces when they receive their quilts.  Each one is presented their quilt by one of our quilters with words of appreciation and thanks that they give from their hearts.  Sometimes, it is the veterans' wife who is the quilter in our group. These are extra special because the men had no idea the quilt was being made for them.  All the quilts have a heart quilted on it and they are told the significance of that heart.

I also finished quilting the Honor Flight quilt and ready to start hand sewing the binding.
I kept it simple with stitch in the ditch between logs and a wavy diagonal through the middle to simulate a blowing flag.  If you use your imagination, you can see it blowing. lol

I'll be linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday.  Take a break and check out all the great projects folks are working on.

Friday, September 16, 2016

On My Needles

What's on my needles?  Well on my sock knitting needles I'm still working on the Scrappy Patchwork socks that I started back when I received some yarn scraps from Carol at the Polka Dot Chicken. These should be finished by this weekend.

Here's a better close up of the 2nd sock.  The colors are wild and bright but I love them.  They will go with just about any color that I wear!  I showed them to some of the younger generation at a family get together on Labor Day, and they think they are really "cool" and right in style.  You know they wouldn't be caught dead wearing any socks that match.  They have to be two different socks or they might be labeled "old fashion".  lol  Well, I'm right in style with these.

I have another pair that I'm itching to get on needles, so I'd best get busy.  I also have a diagonal cowl scarf that I started last year in the fall that I need to work on and finish.  It will soon be time to wear scarves and cowls again.

I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times today, so check out what's on her needles.  She makes my sock knitting look like I'm a slacker with all that she has going. She's amazing.  I don't know how she gets so much done! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

DWM and Stash Report

It's time to take a peek at the design walls today.  Mine has not changed much since I took down the Honor Flight quilt.  I've started making more blocks for QOV while anxiously awaiting the mailman to bring more blocks to add to these.  If you don't know about the block drive check it out here.

I've been keeping out of trouble with more quilting.  This one was from a Planet Patchwork New Year's Day mystery from many years ago.  A friend of mine made this version (her's is now quilted) and mine is still in the flimsy stage waiting for it's turn. :)

She wanted leaves quilted as an all over.  I used "Falling Leaves" and thread that blended so as not to detract from the unique design. Maybe this will motivate me to get mine quilted this year too. Mine is much brighter and doesn't lend itself to a theme for quilting.  That's my holdup--how do I want to quilt it. :) 

My stashbusting is progressing slowly but surely.  Since my last report way back in week #30, I have busted another 10.95 yards of fabric.  Most was from my QOV quilt top-7.5 yds, some fat quarters that were donated to a game at one of my quilt guilds and gifted a couple backings for tablerunners to a friend.  This brings me up-to-date for now.

Fabric Report - Sept. 5, 2016
Fabric Added since last report - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 4.5 yards

Fabric Used since week #30 - 10.95 yds
Fabric Used in 2016 YTD -  64.86  yards

Hope you are all having a great Labor Day and getting lots of "laboring" done or having fun in whatever makes you happy.   I am linking up with DWM at Judy's Patchwork Times.