QOV

Finally! I found inspiration for that Quilt of Valor I wanted to make!

This is a free pattern I found here.

In no time at all, I had all 12 blocks done. Here are 8 of them.

Time to cut some sashing and get this together. Have a great day!

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Scrap Busting

This is a loooonnnnggggg post! I decided had to do something with my overflowing scrap buckets. I keep buckets for modern and reproduction fabrics. Solids and QOV scraps are also kept separate. This first one is a baby bathtub! Before:

After:

Another bucket before:

After:

These are the Accuquilt dies I used. Honestly, if I didn’t have my die cutter, these would likely have ended up in a bin!

This is how I cut my scraps. I press everything and lay them out on my die and run them through.

There is some waste. But much less than binning everything! I do cut off bits and throw strips into my strings containers.

Two and a half inch squares. Each of these piles are about two inches deep.

More tumblers.

Two inch squares.

Strips and strings.

Repro bucket.

Two and a half inch squares, 2 by 4 rectangles, two inch squares, one and a half inch squares, and squares for on point blocks.

I’m not sure what to do with my solid scraps.

And I have Quilt of Valor Scraps.

I’m not going to lie, this took a couple days. And I have more work to do (leftover binding strips anyone?). But it would have taken a good month without my Accuquilt die cutter. It is seriously one of the best quilting purchases I have ever made.

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Have a great day!

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Vintage Top and Blocks

When I was in Arizona, I found a FB Marketplace ad for a vintage quilt top and blocks. For $20, I snapped them up. Here are the blocks.

They range in size from 11 to 12 inches and few of them actually lay flat. But I love the fabrics and I think they will be a fun project. They were all handpieced.Many of the edge triangles appear to be a later vintage.

This is the top I got.

Bambi was helping me. It is also hand pieced. These will go into the someday pile for now. Have a great day!

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Cutting for Something New

I mentioned before that this time of year makes me want to work in 30s prints. I started cutting out another quilt while cutting more pieces for my leader/ender project.

You might as well cut out for more than one quilt at a time!

This is one of the dies I’m using . I’ll also use my 2 1/2 inch square die.

After these were cut, I started in white squares using this die.

Now it is all kitted up and ready when I am.

In the process of digging through all my 30s prints, I found another UFO. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Oh, well. Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching and Other Things

I only got 12 of these done on my trip. I read a book the whole way home. I hope to get a few more done today.

I really do like how it looks!

I stopped at my favorite fabric store while I was in AZ, but their inventory was quite low. This is all I came home with.

The top piece is wide backing.

I’ve managed to get this Liberty top done.

No idea when it will get quilted. Have a great day!

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Home Again

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been in Arizona. I just got home. I appreciate all of your recent comments and read them all, though I didn’t take the time to respond as I should. Due to the Covid mess, I had many flight cancellations and delays and my trip was shortened by nearly half!

Here is Daughter #2’s house and my rental Jeep.

She and I did some fun touristy things like visiting this ghost town.

I loved spending time with my grandpups. They are as adorable and sweet as ever!

And I spent time with my wonderful son and these precious grandsons! We had so much fun! Big L told me over and over that he loved me and a couple times he told me I was “so cute!” ❤️ He’s a charmer! Little L has Autism. He is about to turn five. My heart rejoices whenever I’m able to break into his world and that happened quite a few times on this trip. When he says he wants to snuggle with Nana, my heart just melts!

Daughter #2 and I also visited Sedona. It is so beautiful there!

I’m still dreaming of buying a house out there so I can stay for months at a time. It is so beautiful there and even more so with my family. Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ T-Shirt Quilt

This has been finished for a while, but I didn’t want to post until it had been handed off.

I kept the quilting very simple and just freehanded loops. I couldn’t use a panto, because I needed to avoid bulky intersections, embroidered patches, and buttons!

I used an 18 needle on the long arm and didn’t have any issues at all quilting through even thick screen printing.

This shirt was a bit of a challenge!

The weather was very rainy when I finished so I had to take all my photos inside.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Thursday ~ Twofer!

Get your coffee, this is a long post! Ready? Ages ago, I bought this kit at a Tuesday Morning store.

If you know me, you know I was never going to make this quilt. But the fabrics were lovely, so I bought it anyway. After it had aged for a few years, it became this.

I called it, Gee’s Geese. It’s one of my favorites. When I was done, I threw all the scraps in an enamel pan and there they have been sitting for the past four years. The fabric is Pima cotton, a fabric with a very tight weave and I didn’t want to mix it up with my other scraps. So finally, I made this little HST quilt.

I still had a few scraps left and some binding, so I made this.

The tiny scraps left after that went into the bin.

I think I got my money’s worth out of that kit. Have a great day!

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Liberty Update

I decided to piece this little quilt by making 30 of these blocks and then putting them together.

I’m loving the contrast of textures!

I might even hand quilt this just so I can feel it. 😊

Have a great day!

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Give me Liberty….

Daughter #3 visited England and brought these Liberty charm packs back for me. She mailed them just recently.

The very next day, I got these lovely pieces in the mail from her for Mother’s Day!

I already had a small stash I purchased in Paris many years ago. I cut four 2 1/2 inch squares from each print.

I love Liberty prints! This one almost looks like a face. 😄

I’m thinking about a simple setting to really show them off. I think this Moda crossweave might be just the ticket.

They are so fine!

I also chose this to make maximum use of these precious bits. This is all the scrap I had from the charms.

Have a great day!

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