Friday, January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simple Stripe

Simple Stripe
12 x 14 inches
Simple Stripe is the miniature quilt featured on the January Temecula Quilt Company 2015 calendar card. The colored stripes are scraps from larger quilts and the sashing/binding a fat quarter purchased long ago. I pieced some batting scraps together and added some minimal quilting, i.e. "stitching in the ditch" to complete this miniature.

The Temecula Quilt Company seems to specialize in mini quilts. Even though I am not a fan of working with such tiny bits of scraps, I hope to complete the monthly mini featured on the calendar cards I purchased in December.

Do you like to create miniatures?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

American Valor

American Valor
Quilt of Valor
58 x 68 inches
The fraternal twin of this quilt can be seen in yesterday's post.

 Pattern: Two's Company by Karie Patch

A list of all the Quilts of Valor that I've made can be seen here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Uncommon Valor

Uncommon Valor
Quilt of Valor
58 x 68 inches
The fraternal twin of this quilt will be shown tomorrow.

 Pattern: Two's Company by Karie Patch

Monday, January 26, 2015

12 Days of Christmas - revisited

12 Days of Christmas
16 x 20
Late November 2011, I was intrigued when the Temecula Quilt Company introduced a holiday miniature quilt along (QAL), called the 12 Days of Christmas. Beginning on December 1, 2011, the directions were posted on the Temecula Quilt Company blog for twelve days. Each block contained pieces corresponding to the day's number, i.e. the ninth day's block contained nine pieces. I faithfully finished the miniature blocks (click on the link to see the original post). Then the blocks were shuffled from pile to pile and box to box in my sewing room for over four years.

Temecula hosted the 12 Days of Christmas QAL again in December 2014, which jogged my memory of the completed blocks stashed somewhere in my sewing room.

In early January 2015, Bonnie challenged her blog readers to spend 15 minutes each week to tidy their sewing rooms. I took the challenge and began bringing some semblance of order to the chaos: I sorted patterns, folded and stored fabric, cleaned off my cutting table, found UFOs, and cut scraps into manageable sizes. It was in this fury of activity that I found the mini blocks and decided to finish this project.

Last weekend, I selected the sashing and border fabrics, sewed the top together, patched some batting scraps, machine quilted and added binding to the mini.

Some of the blocks are wonky, and the quilting is not straight; however, it is finished. Despite this mini's glaring imperfections, I like it.

Do you have a UFO that you haven't finished because it isn't perfect?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Back in Time - Little Red Wagon

Jerry S.
approximately 1941 or 1942
near Pavillion, WY
Jerry looks proud of that little red wagon. I wonder how many miles he pulled it while playing on the farm.

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