Monday, February 19, 2018

Shoo Fly

Shoo Fly
61 x 67 inches
QOV #135
Shoo Fly used the last of the eagle napkins, so I can officially cross them off of my UFO challenge sheet. I considered making individual quilts with the final four napkins, but I was growing weary of working with them. I'm sure you are getting tired of seeing them, too.

I do like how the outside design on the napkins creates a secondary pattern around the center burgundy block, made from fabric donated by Judy. The red border was also some yardage from Judy.

This quilt is named for the huge "shoo fly" block in the center.

Quilts made using the eagle napkins:

    Clean Sweep

    American Spirit

    Super Moon

    Morning Star

    Shoo Fly

Friday, February 16, 2018

Helpful Tools - Stitch Stoppers

stitch stoppers
February 2018
Some of my most helpful tools are made from ordinary items. For example, I make stitch stoppers for my knitting needles from a simple foam door hanger, sold in packs of four at the Dollar Store. I snip off about an inch, cut that strip into three sections and poke a hole in the middle with a sturdy tapestry needle. One door hanger produces a dozen of these handy squares - more if you cut them smaller.

These were especially helpful when I was knitting traveling blankets for the Oddball Baby Blanket group. They work better than tip protectors because they do not fall off easily.

I usually toss some in my knitting bag, and I don't mind sharing the protectors with friends because they are so inexpensive to "make."

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Back in Time - Small Details

Uncle Jake, Cousin ?, Uncle Otto, Uncle Albert, Dad
John (brother)
near Edgemont, SD
approximately 1938
Several years ago, my mom told me this photo was taken in December 1938 before or after her mother's funeral. My oldest brother John shown in the front would have been about six at the time.

The can in the foreground caught my eye, and a quick Google search revealed it is a School Boy peanut butter tin.
image found online
I wonder how many of these cans were used for lunch pails over the years?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Morning Star

Morning Star
62 x 70 inches
QOV #134
Because I prepared kits for two Quilts of Valor on the national QOV Sew Day, all I needed to do was sit and sew.

Morning Star was made with another medallion pattern from Evelyn Sloppy's book Sew One and You're Done book: Springtime, pages 46-49. The eagle in the center is one of the eagle napkins I purchased at a silent auction last winter. My goal for February is to make QOV from all of the eagle napkins. Morning Star is the third quilt made this month. I have four more eagle napkins to use.

The wide, blue border was made with some yardage from Judy M. (see yesterday's post)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Judy's Generosity

fabric donation from Judy M.
February 2018
Judy M. from Lynchburg, VA asked if she could send some fabrics to make Quilts of Valor, and the bulging box arrived last week. I was gobsmacked by the contents: a stack of fat quarters, three layer cakes, multiple yards of fabric, and some scraps. Judy's generosity is greatly appreciated and will make several QOV possible.

Thank you, Judy!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Super Moon

Super Moon
60 x 70 inches
QOV #133
The center of Super Moon is one of the patriotic napkins I purchased at a quilt silent auction in 2017.  This quilt was named for the red, super moon that appeared January 31, 2018.

I adapted the design from a pattern called Flannel Roses (pages 28 - 30) in Evelyn Sloppy's book, Sew One and You're Done.

One of my UFO challenge goals for this month is to make Quilts of Valor from the napkins. Super Moon is the second quilt made this month with the napkins. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Helpful Tools - Quilter's Calculator

Quilter's Calculator

About ten years ago, Brenda gave me this quilter's calculator for Christmas. At the time, I wasn't making that many quilts and didn't think I've ever use it. Fast forward a few years, and the calculator has become invaluable, as I am constantly using it to determine yardage and the required number of strips to cut for borders.

Thanks again, Brenda for this useful gift.

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