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

Hourglass

Hourglass
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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

At My Fingertips

hourglass blocks ready to sew
September 2019
I have another QOV in the works: this one uses hourglass blocks.

Several years ago, I cut several 16 inch squares of poster board and use them in my sewing room to organize blocks by my sewing machine. For the current project, four of the squares are holding ten blocks each, making the components handy to grab and stitch together. Time spent organizing certainly makes it easier and faster to assemble quilt blocks.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Prairie Stars

Prairie Star #1
56 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor #161
When I got the email from Larry (QOV volunteer longarmer) about the need for additional quilts for the November presentation in Fremont County, I decided to make more quilts. I paired some of the fabric Sharon F. sent recently with some Civil War fabric scraps from my stash. The tan fabric I purchased recently complemented the fabrics. The fabrics resulted in two antique-looking quilts.

Prairie Star #2
56 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor #162
The Villa Rosa Design pattern uses eight fat quarters, and some background and border fabrics. The pattern results in a quick and easy quilt.

Pattern: Stars N Stripes by Villa Rosa Designs

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gill Street - part III

Gill Street mural - northern end
Laramie, WY
Try to ignore the dumpsters, but enjoy the fish. . .

fish with Pronghorn Antelope

The grilled salmon may be a the very northern end of the mural, but the mural turns the corner. More Gill Street fish next week . . .


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

American Star

American Star
56 x 79 inches
Quilt of Valor #160
August 2019
I sent the last three QOV to a gentleman near Riverton, WY who is a volunteer longarmer. I asked if the group had enough quilts to award to the veterans in November. Here is his response:

This year is a “make as many as we can year.” At last count we have about 350 nominees and 75-80 quilts. I’m hoping for 100 quilts going into November, but we’ll see what happens. As they say, “the best you can with the tools you’ve got.”

We awarded 28 quilts in Lander last spring, then another 11 at Atlantic City this summer. Needless to say that cut into our Veteran’s Day count of available QOVs. PLUS there have been a few “home awards” along the way.

Have a good day and thanks again for your help!

Larry

* * * * * *

I decided to dig into my stash and whip up some quick quilts (large pieces/big blocks). I finished American Star in two days; I could have finished it in one, but life got in the way. I've since started two more quilts (using some of the fabric Sharon F. in VA donated). Every quilt that is finished will be awarded to a waiting veteran, and that makes me very happy.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fabric Donation

fabric donation for making Quilts of Valor
August 2019
Last week, I received a box of patriotic fabric from Sharon F. from Palmyra, VA. The fabrics will be used to make Quilts of Valor (QOV). She said that her father-in-law was in the Battle of the Bulge, and that her husband (Army) and brother-in-law (Air Force) are also veterans.

Sharon, thank you for making more QOV possible: I appreciate your generous donation of yardage and panels.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Winners



Those who had the closest guesses on the Chain Sewing post were . . .

Far Side - 233 (seven over the actual total)

Bonnie - 212 (fourteen under the actual total)

total of 226 four-patches

Thank you to all who submitted a guess.

Bonnie, please send me an email with your mailing address. Far Side, I'm pretty sure I have your mailing address.



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