Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wounded Warrior Quilts

It's time again to share some quilts The Pedal Pushers of the St. Louis Metro area of IL are sending down to the Wounded Warriors at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.
This quilt top was donated by Susan.  She had these blocks from a shop hop several years ago and never did anything with them.  She decided it was time and whipped up the top to donate to the Wounded Warriors.  What a great idea - it's perfect!  Thanks Susan!
This quilt top was a Pedal Pushers group effort.  We collect 12" blocks each month and when we have enough, we make a quilt top.  It was my turn to assemble a top this time, but instead of adding sashings, I added an thin inner border and a nice big chunky outer border!  Something a bit different than what we usually do - and probably a bit faster, too! 
This is the fun backing that was donated by Susan for both quilts - it was an extra wide back and that's so nice to work with instead of piecing fabric together.  I quilted both quilts with stars and loops (Susan's) and a large meander (mine) - and I finally got brave enough to do a deco stitch machine binding - usually I tack the back by hand!

We're always looking for more blocks/backings to add to our quilts for Wounded Warriors and Soldier Babies.  If you have any orphan blocks laying around that you'd like to donate, just let me know...we'd love to work them in to our donation quilts!!!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Farm Girl Sampler

It's done!  It's done!  And oh, what fun!  It's done!
 This is the Farm Girl Sampler from Lori Holt's latest book Farm Girl Vintage!  It's made up of 48 little 6" blocks that are so much fun to piece as well as simple sashings, cornerstones, a cute little flying geese border, and a big wide border to hold it all in! 
This is such a great book and the fabrics were so fun to work with!  
If you're interested in making this or any other quilt in her book, Lori is in the midst of hosting a block party on her blog...check it out here:  Bee in my Bonnet

Pattern:  Farm Girl Vintage
Designer:  Lori Holt (Farm Girl Vintage)
Size: 63x77"
Featured Fabric Line: Bloom and Bliss (Riley Blake Designs)
Supporting Fabrics:  Modern Minis (Lori Holt) & Misc. 30s Repros
Backing Fabric:  Spot On (Robert Kaufman)
Quilt Panto:  Peace, Love & Happiness by Patricia Ritter
Quilting Thread:  Madeira AeroQuilt

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines,  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

RSC15 Update

I've been participating in Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge for several years now.  It's a really fun way to remember to use all of the scraps I have seperated by color.  Bonnie Hunter's scrappy patterns often lend themselves well to this challenge (I can really even out the color distribution in the scrappy bits by deciding how many units I'll need to make each month) and each year I usually pick one of her designs to concentrate on for the RSC.  This year I chose to work on units for Spoolin' Around (no pictures today).

Since I decided on spools, there was another spool quilt that kept swimming in my head and I based these blocks on a tutorial by Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The only difference...I'm using string piecing on paper foundations, Jenny used pre-cuts!

Angela choose NAVY BLUE (which I already covered in my January BLUE blocks).
She also gave the option to substitute BLACK & GREY (so I did)!
She chose ORANGE for September RSC 15.
And...Angela just announced that October's color will be BROWN!

I'll try to remember to post some pictures of my little spool units for Spoolin' Around soon.  I usually stay just a bit behind on them because I'm strictly using them for leaders & enders!

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Monday, September 07, 2015

UFO Goals - September 2015

It's been a really long time since I have been able to post on a regular basis, but hopefully the month of September will allow me some time to begin blogging again.  Since today is the last day to post my list, let's begin with my UFOs for the month of September (I sure do wish I had posted a list for August, because I did accomplish several things last month, too!):
These three beauties just need to be quilted and bound!  On the left is a top Susan asked me to quilt for her.  She pieced it with fabric from Moda's Black Tie line.  In the middle, is my Pinwheel quilt top made from blocks swapped with Debbie.  I love her fabric choices (eeek, but I still need to piece a backing for this one, too).  On the far right is my Labor Day Madness quilt top primarily made from Moda's Lucy's Crab Shack and Reunion lines.  That's the one I was working on at the Pat Speth workshop.  They are also the blocks (opposite units) that Debbie received in return for the gorgeous Holly Taylor ones she sent to me!
This guy is the next quilt we will donate to wounded warriors, a simple design of 12-12" sampler blocks surrounded with a nice chunky border.  I always volunteer to quilt these!
Last on the list for the month is my Farm Girl Vintage Sampler.  At this point, all it needed was it's outer most border, but since taking the photo, that's on!  Now all it needs is quilting and binding, too.  That's gonna be a whole lot of longarming and hand binding this month!

We've had a really busy summer, but I did manage to get quite a few quilty things done over the last month or so and I have so much to share!  Please stay tuned....

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