Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band
Quilt of Valor
62 x 67 inches
This pattern reminded me of banners flapping in the wind, so I used 2.5 inch scraps to create the banners and added a colorful patriotic fabric border. To me, this quilt says, "strike up the band!"

The multiple bias edges were somewhat controlled by starching every time I pressed.

Pattern: Flip Flops by Kathy Brown in Strip-Smart Quilts II

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Museum of the American West display
Lander, WY
To celebrate Labor Day, let's see how many of these items you can recognize. These everyday tools made "woman's work" much easier, and thankfully, their invention lead to even more time-saving gadgets.

Which item, albeit modernized, do you use the most?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Square Deal

Square Deal
Quilt of Valor
56 X 71
Square Deal is yet another quilt made with scraps from other Quilts of Valor. How many more can I make from the seemingly bottomless bin is beyond me.

I hope this simple quilt will comfort a veteran and express my gratitude.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back in Time - Drama Festivals

Setting stage lights
Missoula, Montana
Winter 1978

In the mid to late 1970s, I travelled to several states for the International Thespian Society, as I was the Regional Director. Previous to serving in this capacity, I was the Wyoming State Director. I wrote about a memorable trip to Muncie, IN with the students in this earlier post.

The photo above shows a Montana drama student setting the lights on the stage at the Missoula High School. I was impressed with the facilities and how much the Missoula community supported the arts. Today, the area still has a strong drama community and a traveling children's theater group.

The trip to North Dakota's State Drama Festival was memorable because the last day of the event, a severe winter storm was bearing down on the state. I had flown into Bismark, and the festival was about an hour drive north in McClusky. I was certainly glad that I had a driver and that I did not have to attempt to find my way in the storm, as the snow was thick driven by the wind, making the road difficult to see.

During the two years that I served as the Regional Director, I saw many talented young people perform and some extremely dedicated directors.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Stars Align

The Stars Align
Quilt of Valor
57 x 66 inches
Four blocks left over from yesterday's quilt, Scrappy Stars, made another Quilt of Valor quickly possible. This one is a personal favorite due to the deep, mottled red that frames the stars and the antique beige with red cross-hatched fabric that pulls it all together.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scrappy Stars

Scrappy Stars
Quilt of Valor
56 x 72 inches
Yet another attempt to reduce the scraps that have been accumulating the last four years. Everything on this quilt but the sashing is from the scrap bin.

The block I used is called Broken Dishes - I used 4 inch squares to make the half-square triangles (HSTs) used in this quilt. The large blocks are 14 inches finished.

The app BlockFab is a wonderful tool for quilting. It helps size a block from 1 - 38 inches, gives cutting directions, as well as suggests blocks with which to set the blocks. It is an extremely helpful tool, but unfortunately it is only available for the iPhone. If more Droid users become aware of the app, they might encourage the designer to make it available for them, too.

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