Monday, October 14, 2019


Oops - how did I miss that!

Regan left a comment last Monday alerting me of two flipped blocks on the finished Lone Rider top. I had not noticed the error, even though it is very obvious now that I look at the photo.

Thankfully, it was a relatively quick fix because it was on the outside edge.

the flipped blocks were removed from the quilt top
the blocks were flipped into the correct position
 and sewn into place
the lattice chain is complete now that the error has been corrected
Thank you, Regan for spotting the flipped blocks and drawing it to my attention.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Successful Retreat

proof of a successful quilting retreat
September 2019
From the posts this week, you can see that the last week of September was spent at Marilyn's house. We sewed nearly every day: our sewing machines were humming, and we had a good time. Her husband prepared most of our meals, which allowed us to sew even more.

In the evening, we worked on other projects: Marilyn cross-stitched and I knit. We also took a couple of evenings off to play bingo and to attend a musical production, and we played games.

Marilyn finished one quilt and started two others during the retreat. It's great to share a quilting passion with my sister.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Patched Stars

Patched Stars
58 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor # 168
Patched Stars is the third quilt I finished during the quilting retreat at Marilyn's.

I had no idea that all the four patches I made in my chain-sewing frenzy would result in FOUR Quilts of Valor:

     Sixteen Patch Stars
     Bubble Stars
     Scrappy Stars
     Patched Stars

Thirty-four of the four-patches were not used and were returned to the scrap bin to become "seed" for future quilts.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Scrappy Stars

Scrappy Stars
58 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor #167
No, this is not the same quilt that I posted yesterday, but it is the same pattern. Scrappy Stars was also  made while I was at Marilyn's for a quilting retreat.

On closer inspection, you may see stripes on the red star point fabric. Those stripes are actually words that pertain to sailing. I'm sure this quilt will find its way into the home of a sailor.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bubble Stars

Bubble Stars
58 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor # 166
Bubble Stars may seem like a strange name for this quilt, but the red star points have polka dots and the border fabric contains blue bubbles.

The blue star point fabric is part of the fabric donation I received from Sharon F., This is one of three quilts that I made at Marilyn's house during our quilting retreat.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Lone Rider - Mystery Solved

Lone Rider mystery quilt
63 x 80 inches
Quilt of Valor #169
Alycia's mystery (Lone Rider) wrapped up last Wednesday when the last clue was released. I changed the final layout a bit, turning four of the on-point squares into pinwheels, to add some visual interest.

image from Alycia Quilts
Lone Rider - clue #5
This quilt is larger than the ones I typically make for Quilts of Valor - I'll prepare a wide back for it this week.

Finished quilt tops are hung by the patio door so I can enjoy them for a couple of days and are wrapped with the backing and binding.

I fixed the flipped blocks soon after they were drawn to my attention. (Thanks, Regan!)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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