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

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Autumn's Glory Cowl

Autumn's Glory cowl
made with scrap yarn
September 2019
I used the scraps of two separate sock yarns for the body of this cowl and knit using the helical striping technique. The photo shows the variety of colors, but they are more vivid in person.

Pattern: Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure (free on Ravelry)

Needles: US size 6

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Curtain Call

cast of the musical 9 to 5 take a bow at curtain call
PACE Center, Parker, CO
September 2019
I spent the last week in Colorado visiting family: my sister and I try to have a quilting retreat each year. I took three QOV quilt kits to work on, and Marilyn finished a project that she had started and began another one.

The last evening of my visit, Marilyn, her husband, and her daughter, and I attended the stage performance of 9 to 5. It was very well done, and we all enjoyed ourselves.

(The photo was snapped during curtain call - no photos were allowed during the performance)

Photos of our finished quilt tops will be posted soon.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Lone Rider - Clue #4

clue #4 - completed
September 2019
Clue #4 of the Lone Rider mystery quilt along used the components made for clues #1 and #3 to create 40 blocks.

It's not too late to join the mystery. All the clues can be found on Alycia Quilts

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sixteen Patch Stars

Sixteen Patch Stars
58 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor #165
The flag star points were made with Sharon's fabric donation. The four-patch units were made from my overflowing 2.5 inch scrap bin. The pattern is from a Missouri Star Quilt Company (MSQC) tutorial video.

If you're not familiar with the MSQC tutorials, you might want to check them out on YouTube. The tutorials can also be viewed with a MSQC app.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Lone Rider - QOV Mystery

I am caught up on the clues for the Lone Rider QOV quilt-along that Alycia is sponsoring for the Mystery Quilts for the Military group. The clues can be found on Alycia's blog:  Alycia Quilts - Quiltygirl

For this quilt, I did something that I rarely do: I purchased specific fabric; thus, this Quilt of Valor will not be scrappy. Alycia's mystery quilts are fun and easy to make: her clues are concise and well written.

Clue #1
 Clue #1 resulted in 80 four-patch units

Clue #2
Clue #2 :  40 half-square triangles

Clue #3

Clue #3 was the easiest and fastest - no sewing - just cut 80 squares

The project basket keeps all the clues and pieces together.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Pedestrian" Crossing

Centennial, WY
September 2019
I'm sure this little old lady causes traffic to slow through the little town of Centennial. I think she is a clever display and a great reminder for motorists to be watchful of pedestrians.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Patched Stars

sixteen patch stars
Remember all the four patch blocks that I made a couple of weeks ago? I'm gradually turning them into sixteen patch stars. The flag fabric for the star points on the left was donated by Sharon F.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


62 x 68 inches
Quilt of Valor #164
Another QOV made with fabric Sharon F. donated for making Quilts of Valor. The background fabric came from my stash.

Pattern: Tropicana by Villa Rosa Designs

No changes were made to this pattern.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Patriotic Columns

Patriotic Columns
59 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor #163
Most of the fabric that Sharon F. sent was "cream-based," so I added some Civil War fabric scraps I had in the bins and tan yardage to create Patriotic Columns.

Pattern:  Kristin by Villa Rosa Designs

Adaptions: I increased the size of the vertical sashing to meet the QOV size requirements.

Villa Rosa Designs patterns make great donation quilts because they are quick and easy to make.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gill Street - part IV

Gill Street mural - eastern section
Laramie, WY 

Don't you love the grumpy fish! He's at the tail end of the mural; perhaps that's why he is so cranky.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Historic Dining

fourteen seniors enjoy dinner at the Virginian
Medicine Bow, Wyoming
August 2019
August 30, 2019, fourteen seniors from Laramie traveled to Medicine Bow, WY to enjoy dinner in the historic Virginian hotel. We had a wonderful time. The Owen Wister dining room was decorated much like it would have been in 1911 - heavy velvet drapes, silver flatware, large sideboard buffet, and other period furniture.

 Isn't this large mirror beautiful!

The hotel still welcomes guests, and how I would love to explore the rooms.

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