Wednesday, February 21, 2018


scrap sock yarn baby hat
February 2018
I'm only a few chapters into The Bookseller, but I can tell this is going to be a good book. Have you read it?

The last couple of weeks, while knitting and/or sewing, I read:
    New Mercies by Sandra Dallas
    67 Shots by Howard Means
    A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly
    Kickback by Ace Atkins
    "B" is for Burgler by Sue Grafton
    Madam President by William Hazelgrove
    Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
    Damned If You Do by Michael Brandman

Two of the books (67 Shots and Madam President) are non-fiction. I had forgotten a lot about the Kent State shooting, and 67 Shots jogged my memory of that turbulent time in our nation's history. I learned details that were not available at the time, details that set the stage for this tragedy. Madam President opened my eyes to another historical event: our nation's first female President. Woodrow Wilson's wife Edith took on the executive role after her husband's debilitating stroke while he was in office. On physician's orders, she limited access to the President and to protect his health, and she became a liaison between the President and his advisors. Technically, Edith Wilson was President for 18 months. It was a fascinating book, and I strongly doubt that anything like this could happen in today's society.

On the knitting front, the stack of scrap, sock yarn hats is growing, and I'll probably send a package of hats to the project coordinator this week. I love using bits and dabs of yarn to knit helical strips.

Have you read any good books lately?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Patriot - clue #1

clue #1
Mystery Quilts for Military QAL
The Patriot
February 2018
The first clue for the Mystery Quilts for the Military quilt along (QAL), The Patriot, was released last week and resulted in sixteen, 9.5 inch wonky star blocks. Making stars with wonky points was fun and something I hadn't tried before.

I used yardage for the stars, but the dark blue squares were pulled from 3.5 inch scrap bin.

Want to join in the fun? This clues will be posted on Alycia Quilts.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Shoo Fly

Shoo Fly
61 x 67 inches
QOV #135
Shoo Fly used the last of the eagle napkins, so I can officially cross them off of my UFO challenge sheet. I considered making individual quilts with the final four napkins, but I was growing weary of working with them. I'm sure you are getting tired of seeing them, too.

I do like how the outside design on the napkins creates a secondary pattern around the center burgundy block, made from fabric donated by Judy. The red border was also some yardage from Judy.

This quilt is named for the huge "shoo fly" block in the center.

Quilts made using the eagle napkins:

    Clean Sweep

    American Spirit

    Super Moon

    Morning Star

    Shoo Fly

Friday, February 16, 2018

Helpful Tools - Stitch Stoppers

stitch stoppers
February 2018
Some of my most helpful tools are made from ordinary items. For example, I make stitch stoppers for my knitting needles from a simple foam door hanger, sold in packs of four at the Dollar Store. I snip off about an inch, cut that strip into three sections and poke a hole in the middle with a sturdy tapestry needle. One door hanger produces a dozen of these handy squares - more if you cut them smaller.

These were especially helpful when I was knitting traveling blankets for the Oddball Baby Blanket group. They work better than tip protectors because they do not fall off easily.

I usually toss some in my knitting bag, and I don't mind sharing the protectors with friends because they are so inexpensive to "make."

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Back in Time - Small Details

Uncle Jake, Cousin ?, Uncle Otto, Uncle Albert, Dad
John (brother)
near Edgemont, SD
approximately 1938
Several years ago, my mom told me this photo was taken in December 1938 before or after her mother's funeral. My oldest brother John shown in the front would have been about six at the time.

The can in the foreground caught my eye, and a quick Google search revealed it is a School Boy peanut butter tin.
image found online
I wonder how many of these cans were used for lunch pails over the years?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Morning Star

Morning Star
62 x 70 inches
QOV #134
Because I prepared kits for two Quilts of Valor on the national QOV Sew Day, all I needed to do was sit and sew.

Morning Star was made with another medallion pattern from Evelyn Sloppy's book Sew One and You're Done book: Springtime, pages 46-49. The eagle in the center is one of the eagle napkins I purchased at a silent auction last winter. My goal for February is to make QOV from all of the eagle napkins. Morning Star is the third quilt made this month. I have four more eagle napkins to use.

The wide, blue border was made with some yardage from Judy M. (see yesterday's post)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Judy's Generosity

fabric donation from Judy M.
February 2018
Judy M. from Lynchburg, VA asked if she could send some fabrics to make Quilts of Valor, and the bulging box arrived last week. I was gobsmacked by the contents: a stack of fat quarters, three layer cakes, multiple yards of fabric, and some scraps. Judy's generosity is greatly appreciated and will make several QOV possible.

Thank you, Judy!

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