Sunday, April 29, 2018

Quilting with Friends

Some friends and I have decided to make the same quilt pattern. We have given ourselves two months  to finish the quilt.  Our first pattern is -

It is very modern. The blocks are huge. 11x18. After cutting it took about 4 hours to make the top.

Here is my top. I didn't add the small outside border.
I found the exact flower fabric that was used on the cover of the pattern. Here is a close up of the other fabrics.
Can't even tell that the oval fabric is a print in the picture of the completed top. I like it okay, modern quilts aren't my favorite.  I will be donating this quilt to a local cancer treatment center for their patients to use while they are getting their treatments.

The next quilt we are making is
This one I'll make for an older teen for RMH. 

We saw Eleanor Burns at the Paducah quilt show a few weeks back. 

She is a very cheerful, happy, joyous person. She looked a bit fragile. She is still recovering from her heart surgery. We didn't stay for her presentation, everyone in the hall loved her!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Where has the time gone?

We had 8 Vet quilts that weren't given out last year and that means we don't have to make as many this year!
This is the first Vet quilt made this year. Our monthly Vet quilt sew days start up again in May. 

 These quilts are all waiting to be finished, some need bindings and some need to be quilted. They are all going to RMH.
 I have been meeting with friends on Wednesday mornings and we are all making a Lori Holt quilt. I've changed up some of my blocks as some are 6 inch and some 12 inch. I only have a few more to make. The log cabin type blocks on the right are my border blocks.

I am making progress on my hexie flower quilt, only 13 more rows to go (there are 14 and 15 in each row)! The trees I started a few years back and I am planning to make 12 of them in a 4x3 setting to hang above our bed.

I needed a new cover for my ironing board, love the bright happy colors.

I have spent Thursdays since February giving beginning quilting classes to the ladies who work on the Vet quilts. The classes didn't go the way I planned but went okay, they weren't able to grasp everything I tried to teach them. Some did better than others and others quit along the way. I think for the most part we are going to stick to string quilts...I am just not cut out to be a quilt teacher.

Happy (belated) New Year!!!

I had planned on posting this back in January. Time just slipped by...

I certainly didn't accomplish as much as I would have liked in 2017 with regards to quilting. Being in charge of creating 50 Vet quilts sorta took over my life. Even though I had a lot of help it was all very time consuming.

This year, 2018, we are only going to be making 12-15 quilts for Vets. That is so very manageable. We already have 12 finished and ready to present to our local Vets. This year we are concentrating on Viet Nam Vets. I think it will take 3 years of quilt making to cover these vets.

Karen and I are going to try to use up a lot of our scraps this year. We even traded scraps. I've come up with 5 patterns I want to make into a scrappy quilts. When cutting up my scraps I plan on cutting for all 5 quilts at the same time.

Our second granddaughter is graduating this year and is planning on going to nursing school. I bought a bunch of nursing fabric that needs to be turned into a quilt before graduation in May, though I may wait until she finds out which dorm room she gets as I want to make the quilt to fit her bed. It will either be a full size or a extra long twin.

I have one baby quilt to make for our niece's 2nd baby and a log cabin quilt to make for our closest neighbor.

Back in November some quilty friends got together to make some barn quilts. They invited me to join in. I am not a crafter, don't enjoy it at all. I did go to watch. They were making 2x2 ft boards. First they painted their boards white, waited for the paint to dry. Then they drew their designs on the boards. Then they taped off the areas to be painted first. Painted the first area. Waited for that to dry. This is when I left. I guess quilting gives me instant gratification, even though it takes quite awhile to make a quilt.

I came home and decided that I really wanted a barn quilt, one that was 4x4 ft.

The perfect solution for a non-crafter is to go to etsy and see what they had in the size I wanted.

It came in the middle of November and I actually waited until Christmas morning to unwrap it! I just love it so much. Makes me smile every time I come home. We put it on the side of a shed. My thoughts are that I just might buy a barn quilt every year until this side of the shed is covered...
Even though the description said it had been waterproofed I sprayed it again.

Bill couldn't figure out what it was that he bought me for Christmas!

I made a total of 39 quilts in 2017 and used about 179 yards of fabric. Hoping to do a bit better in 2018.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County - Part 12

The quilt show was a huge success! All our efforts really paid off.
Just some random pictures... Alligator bites anyone???

lots and lots of people showed up - 
Beautiful Music performed by a bagpiper, we also had a gospel singer and a country band. Very fun and festive.
 Once all the 50 quilts were hung it certainly didn't seem like that many. The Korean Vets that came were able to pick the quilt they  wanted to receive in November.
we were able to get all the quilts hung on ropes between the trees
 it was such a beautiful sight to see so many patriotic quilts
 The quilt in the background was our raffle quilt. We made a whopping $650!!! Enough $ to make all the quilts we will need for the next 3 years.
There were about 20 vendors selling everything from yummy treats to beautiful wood signs.
It was a lot of work and I am so grateful it was a success and I am indeed grateful it is over!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County, TN part 11

Here are the last four quilts for the quilt show on Saturday. "Today" the forecast is for rain on Saturday. Hopefully that changes.

This one was made by the newest member of our quilt group - she is a quilter!!!! She did a great job.
 Four different people made this quilt happen. Karen made the 16 patches, a friend made them into a  quilt top, Anne quilted it and I did the binding. Totally a group effort.

The pattern from this quilt is from Alycia's latest QOV Mystery. The directions made this one super easy to make. We are donating this quilt to the group who is building a Veteran's Park in our county. I hope it brings in a bunch of donations.

I think the name of this pattern is "Home of the Brave". Another quilt that went together with no problems. You piece it in vertical rows.
Yes, this is it for the Vet quilts for this year. Now we are praying that it doesn't rain on Saturday until 2:30 when the quilt show ends.

Here is a copy of the flyer that Anne, quilt shop owner, sent out on Facebook, members of the guilds she belongs to and all guilds within 100 miles of Wayne County.

FABRIK Emporium Newsletter

Open Thursday and Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Quilt for Vets Quilt Show and Country Fair

On September 23rd at 10:00 am to 2 pm, the FABRIK Emporium located at 
 2014 Old Beech Creek Rd. in Waynesboro will host a Quilt for Vet's 
 Quilt Show and Country Fair.  Approximately 50 quilts will be 
 displayed.  These quilts are for the Veteran's of the Korean War and 
 will be distributed on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11th).  Last year, many 
 people mentioned that they could not see the gorgeous quilts as the 
 vets were wrapped in them so the idea of a quilt show was born. In 
 addition to the quilts, there we will have opening festivities, where 
 Steve Allbright, senior advisor to Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, 
 Representative David Byrd and County Executive Jim Manbugat will 
 deliver short comments honoring our vets.  We will have Dennis 
 McMaster playing some patriotic music during this presentation.  The 
 American Legion will be presenting the colors.  Throughout the event, 
 Picken Crows and local gospel singer Murray Paul Gordon will entertain.  We have a very special food vendor--Dewey's Cajun Shack will be providing their wonderful Cajun Food.  There will also be many other goodies/treats available. Hint: it is 
 round, fried with apples!!!  We have numerous crafters and community 
 organizations also in attendance. Additional information and 
 directions call 931-676-3253 Thurs and Fri 10-4 and Sat 10-3.

Happy 1st Anniversary FABRIK Emporium!!!

Last year at this time we opened the FABRIK Emporium . . .  what 
 better way than to celebrate than to offer $1.00 off every yard of fabric we have in  the store!!!   There will be no fabric held back. We have fabric ranging
from 4.99 to 7.99 with a very few bolts at 9.99 (UT and Bama fabrics) 
 Most fabric in the store is $5.99 so for this sale will be $4.99 . . . 
 Can you beat that price for Benartex, RJR, Hoffman, Michael Miller, 
 Andover, Marcus, Choice just to name a few.  Moda and a few other brands will be $6.99.  Solids will be $3.99!!! 108 inch wide backing will be $8.99 a yard!!! 
 Sale starts on September 23rd and will continue through September 
 30th.  Hurry in on the 23rd, enjoy the Quilt show and Fair and enjoy the low prices!!!

We are all excited for this event as the group are looking forward to showing their families and friends the quilts they helped create. Me, I'm looking forward to having a fried pie or two!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County, TN - Part 10

Here are three more Vet quilts washed dried and ready to hang at the show on Saturday. 

This square circle quilt isn't my favorite and I couldn't figure out why until Karen reminded me that I am not that fond of so much background being
 in my quilts.
 I absolutely love this one! Super simple and it looks great. Very patriotic looking.
 This 18 patch was a great way to use up the last little pieces of fabric. The rectangles are 2.5 x 4.5. Another easy quilt especially if you sew two strips together and then subcut.
I only have four left that need binding and then I am finished!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County, TN - Part 9

4 more quilts are finished! With just over a week until the quilt show we still have 7 that need binding and then we are done... we certainly are cutting it really close. 

 This blocks in this quilt were made by the group. I think they did a really great job. 

When the quilts are finished and  I show the group the quilts they helped make they are all in awe that they could make something so beautiful. It is really very touching to see their responses.

This is the second tumbler quilt made this year and we still have enough tumblers cut for at least one more.
The group made the square blocks. I cut the blue strips in the kits 1 inch bigger than was needed so I could square all the blocks to the same size. Then we added the white with red stars corners so the blocks would be sitting on point. I really like the zig zag look the white fabric makes.

The group also made these blocks, one of the first blocks made after making the string blocks. They still didn't have the 1/4 inch seam mastered. I did bring them home, unstitched most of them and resewed them into this fun quilt.

Pretty good for mostly beginner quilters.