Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time for Reflection

Church of the Ascension
Hudson, WY
November 2017
Exploring the small town of Hudson one afternoon recently, I discovered this church located across the street from the elementary school. I couldn't resist stopping and snapping a few photos of the area.

Today is the perfect time to reflect on blessings (big and small) in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Patriotic Stars

November 2017

These blocks have quite a history:

•  Marilyn gave me the panel in 2015 (post about that here), and I had every intention of using it before now.

•  In 2016, I finished two Quilts of Valor (Scrappy Lanterns and Cheerio), and they resulted in a lot of "waste" HSTs.

•  November 2017, the two components were discovered while cleaning, and I decided it was time to create some star blocks. I made fifteen patriotic stars from the HSTs and the panel blocks.

Marilyn, thanks again for the fabric and panel.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finishing Work

binding a Quilt of Valor
The gentleman who machine quilts the Quilts of Valor is speedy, so over the weekend, I trimmed and bound four quilts. I've started using a decorative stitch to secure the binding instead of hand-tacking, and it's much faster.

Thank you, Sheri H. for sharing your technique with me: it's been very helpful. Binding is no longer a chore that I dread.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Solid Foundation

Solid Foundation
61 x 73 inches
Quilt of Valor
The center of Solid Foundation (Quilt of Valor #126) was made with "bricks" from my 3.5 inch x 6.5 inch scrap bin.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Helpful Tools - Quilting Tape Measure

120 inch measuring tape
Friday posts for the next few weeks will feature ordinary or unique items that I consider helpful and/or essential to my crafting (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc.)

A long measuring tape (120 inches) is an extremely helpful tool for quilting. It makes measuring the quilt for borders much easier and more accurate than a traditional 60 inch tape measure.

While this tape is convenient for measuring large quilts, I can't find a good way to keep it contained when I'm not using it.

Do you have a favorite measuring tool?

P.S. I didn't realize the link to the Stars over Scott (yesterday's QOV) pattern was not correct. It's been fixed.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scrappy Stars II

Scrappy Stars II
Quilt of Valor #125
60 x 70 inches
Another quilt made from the 6.5 inch scrap squares bin and from backing trimmings (background fabric) of other Quilts of Valor.  I chose not to put a border on this quilt.

Pattern: Stars Over Scott by Jamie Jane Elfert (free pattern)

Scrappy Stars II is QOV #125

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tool Box Cowl #2

Tool Box cowl #2
November 2017
I was able to knit another Tool Box cowl with the scraps. I knit fewer rows in the stockinette sections because I only had 12 grams of each color, and I used nearly every gram. The cowl is only 8 inches high, but still enough height to be an adequate neck warmer.

unblocked cowl has circumference of 24 inches
I don't think I'll block this cowl.

Tool Box #1 can be seen here and here.

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