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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Quilt for Vets of Wayne County, TN - Part 8

4 more Korean War Vet quilts are finished! I am thrilled, not sure how many more need to be quilted and bound.

A friend made the 16 patches, the pinwheels were sew and flip corners from another quilt. The pinwheels weren't the same size as the 16 patches so I framed them in red which makes them pop. It is fun to see the leftover bits from other quilts become their own quilt.

This quilt was made by the group. They made the string blocks and the 1/2 square triangles. The group hasn't seen this quilt and I think they are going to be amazed to see that their blocks made such a beautiful quilt. We have another one like this with red strings and blue 1/2 sq triangles waiting for binding.

Can't remember where this pattern is from. I think it might look better with a bunch of different fabrics. The white fabric has little stars on it.

All the 1/2 square triangles in this quilt were sew and flip corners from two other quilts that we made. It is such a fun quilt. One member of the group ironed all the seams open and she just couldn't imagine what I was going to do with all those little squares. She will be pleasantly surprised.

All in all I think the group is doing a remarkable job of helping with these quilts. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

2 Ronald McDonald House quilts

I finally completed two quilts for RMH in Nashville. These were both pieced back in January and I finally found time to get them quilted and bound this week.

When I made our new nephew a quilt I made this similar one at the same time.  He loved his quilt so I am positive that a little guy will also like it.

I love making tumbler blocks as they don't require any concentration. This is a second quilt with these same fabrics. I cut out way too many tumbler blocks and still have enough for another one.

So far this year I only used 117.8 yards of fabric. 

Linking up with Michelle...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Clue #5 "Big Star Country"

Here is my finished top!

I love it! Super fast and super easy - I really couldn't ask for anything more than that.

Thank you Alycia!!!

Our group has been asked for a quilt that the county can use in a raffle to benefit the Veteran's Park they are building and I think this one will be perfect.

Linking up with Alycia

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County, TN - Part 7

All 50 quilt tops have been made! 30 are 100% done!!! I am thrilled. For now my part of this is complete. I will be washing and drying the quilts once they are finished.

I pieced the first two quilts and I do have to confess that I was getting tired of making patriotic quilts and when I saw this pattern I just had to make something that went together really fast. To my surprise the ladies in the group really liked it (if they hadn't they would have told me so, believe me) and want to have a class to make one!
I made two tumble quilts this year, I cut out way too many blocks and just decided  to make a duplicate. I still have more blocks that we will use next year for the Vietnam Vets.

This quilt is the result of our last group sewing day - we made 56 blocks and used 42 in this quilt. The rest will be put in a quilt for next year.
At our next sew day we will be going over each quilt removing pieces of thread and getting them ready for the quilt show on Sept. 23rd.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Clue #4

Here is Clue #4 from Alycia's QOV mystery A6.

Love the big blocks in this one as it really goes together super

Clue #5 came out today and am looking forward to getting this one into a finished top.

Linking up with Alycia's post.

Thanks Alycia for making this such an easy quilt to make. For me it was less than 2 hours per clue to make this QOV, which is perfect. As always, for me, choosing the fabrics was the hardest part.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Quilts For Vets Of Wayne County, TN - Part 6

As of August 3rd  we have - 

26 completed quilts - 4 have been given away (will borrow them for the quilt show)
14 tops that need to be quilted and bound
4 waiting for binding
2 quilt kits that were finished today (I need to put the blocks into tops)
1 top being pieced by my friend, L
1 top being pieced by another friend, R - Dresden Plate
2 tops that I am piecing - including Alycia's Mystery

That is a total of 50!!!!

Not quite done by the end of July like I hoped,  though all are accounted for. I have to admit I did a little happy dance when I counted up the quilts.

This is the latest finished quilt... I pieced this one.

I am so looking forward to making a quilt that isn't in patriotic colors.

There are 3 of us who are going to make Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage Quilt. Two of us are going to make it a bit bigger and the other is making it a twin size. We are going to meet on Wednesdays to make this.

This is the fabric I am going to use. I bought two fat quarter bundles at Shopping Spree at Market. I am going to use white with tiny white dots as the background.

These almost look like Batiks but they aren't.

Plus Karen and I are going to make a fall quilt with pumpkins! 

I am excited about both of these sew alongs. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Clue #3

Clue #3 is complete. Still pretty simple just as Alycia promised.

Though I do have to admit I have not had much practice using the Easy Angle ruler and that has been a bit of a challenge. Can't complain as I haven't lost any of the inside points as yet.

On to Clue #4. Linking up with Alycia's blog....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Clue #2

Thank you Alycia for keeping the clues so easy and simple to make.

Here is Clue #2 complete

linking up with Alycia's post...

Quilts for Vets of Wayne County, TN - part 5

Today we had a special quilt presentation for the first friend I met when we moved to Wayne County, TN.

Captain Robert Rains. We met when I went to volunteer at the Historian's Office. He is the county's Historian.

Bob is on the left - his son is in the red shirt.

Bob has recently been diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer. He is off to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville to see what his options are. He is 87 and served in the Korean War. Update - the doctors said he is in great shop and if he agrees to the treatments they will operate. Haven't heard if he is going to take the chemo treatments.

The presentation was a surprise with lots of friends and family in attendance.

Bob did tell me that he didn't want or expect a Vet quilt since I had given him a quilt the year before when he was in the hospital with pneumonia.  I felt that I couldn't be the one to instigate the presentation so I turned it over to my friend Anne.

Bob has lived his whole life in Wayne County, except during the war and when he went to Memphis to the university.

He was a teacher, coach, principal. Most people call him Mr. Rains or Coach Rains as that is what they grew up calling him. I am so blessed to know him as Bob, my friend.

This quilt was a group project. I cut out the kit, my friend Lavonne pieced it, I quilted it and Anne put on the binding. I think this is my favorite quilt we have made so far and I was saving it to present to Bob at the Veteran's Day celebration.

 We only have about 5 tops left to make so the end is in sight. 

Quilts For Vets of Wayne County, TN

Here are quilts # 24 and # 25 and they are completely finished which includes being washed and dried!!!  I think we could have 11 quilts waiting to be quilted and bound. We are doing really well.

This quilt pattern is called Tortilla Strips by Atkinson Designs. I can't remember where I first saw this pattern and I realized it would be perfect for the bits of leftover strips from other quilts. Only hope there will be a Korean Vet who loves the modern look of this one

I really like that the star points are only around the center part of the blocks. Something a bit different. These quilts were a group effort - I pieced them, Anne quilted them and Rubye did the bindings.

If the quilts look wonky it is because I have blocks pinned underneath to the wall so they are making the quilt poof out a bit.

We had a group sew day and 6 ladies showed up to help piece a quilt top.

They sewed for three hours and made 56 blocks

When I cut out the pieces I made the last round one inch bigger than needed so I could square up the blocks all to the same size. I did get it made into a top and it is in the pile waiting to be quilted.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Clue # 1

Just a reminder of the fabrics I am using

Clue one is complete all the pieces are cut out and the required blocks are sewn.

So far so good.

Linking up to Alycia's blog

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Alycia's QOV Mystery - Vet Quilts

I am going to try to keep up with Alycia's new QOV mystery. She promises a easy quilt.

Here are my fabric choices...Alycia - let me know if any of my choices need to be changed. 

Two more Quilts for Vets of Wayne County are finished.  These I made before we started getting donations for fabrics and that means I can count this fabric as used.

Can't remember where this pattern came from.  I remember having to make it bigger than the pattern called for. Love the cascading stars. The background is a light blue.

I took a class for this quilt and I made mine for a QOV.

The town we do most of our shopping in is Florence, AL. It is about an hour away. It has Lowes, Harbor Freight, Dillards, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco,  Joanns, Hobby Lobby. On the way to Florence we drive about 30 minutes on Natchez Trace. We picked up two turtle about 1/2 mile apart.

I remembered to count their rings. The one on the left is half the size of the one on the right. Their markings are so cool. They are both males. The one on the left has 11 rings (11 years old) and the one on the right has between 23-25 (23-25 years old). The one on the left is one of the smallest turtles we have found since moving here. Looking forward to finding a turtle with 40+ rings. 

Total fabric used since January - 159 yards

Total fabric purchased since January abt 21 yards.