Monday, October 21, 2013

Missing Blogger Found Alive!

Wow, that was a much longer bloggy break than I had planned on.  After such a long time,  I'm feeling a little out of practice with blogging.  So, I'll just jump in and get past that awkward feeling!

I did get my Quilt of Valor finished in time for the Quilt Show.

I started with this panel, way back in June.  Then I stalled and stalled, until I found out it needed to be a finished quilt, not just a top, for the quilt show.  I pretty much panicked at that point.

Okay, in the interest of not boring you, Dear Reader, nor myself, I'm giving you the condensed version.

First try at the star - I didn't like the way the white "bled" into the border.

I added an inner border to contain those fierce birds, then starting adding the blocks I received from Magpie Sue over at The Magpie's Nest blog.  I made a false start when it came to the stars in the corners, but eventually got them right.

Final star - used some older fabric and it looks great.
I went to a quilt show and found a Q.O.V. fabric that was perfect for the outer borders and binding.  I talked to Bridget at my LQS, who has a long-arm machine.  I knew I couldn't do a decent job on this (as it would be my first try on a long arm), so Bridget volunteered to donate her time and talent to quilt this for me (Thank you, Bridget!!).

I got it back from her on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and had until Thursday at 10 a.m. to get the binding done.  And I got it done in time!  Yay!  I think our collaboration worked really well, Sue - Thanks!

When I went to the quilt show I mentioned above (where I found the Q.O.V. border fabric), I also bought myself a new wallet.  Isn't it cute??
The creator's card is visible in this shot.

Lots of storage room in here!

And look at all these cute selvages!  I haven't had a new wallet in years, and I'm loving this one!

I participated in a block exchange with my friends in California.  They were doing blocks for The Future's So Bright quilt that Crazy Mom Quilts did.  Here are my blocks.  We made 8 each of Block A (the double 4 patch) in two color schemes, and ditto for the Block B blocks.  Using brights, of course!  I missed the exchange date (didn't read the calendar correctly . . . too focused on the quilt show), but they should be there by now.  And the blocks I'll receive will be here soon.  This is gonna be a fun quilt to do. I should get busy making more blocks for the quilt, as I certainly have lots of bright fabrics to play with.  But I want to play with some other things for awhile first. 


  1. So glad to hear that you got your Quilt of Valor done in time! The final result looks great.:)

  2. There's nothing like a deadline to encourage you to finish a quilt!! It's great you got to finish it for the show. I love your new wallet, all those selvedges really make it special. Those bright blocks are the beginning of a fun quilt!

  3. Darn those deadlines! But such good stuff comes out them! I have been saving my selvages lately. I am not sure what I want to make from them, but a little bag like yours is a good place to start! Wouldn't be as fancy though. work is slowing me way down for any sewing. I get home and do nothing!

  4. Your QOV looks great! I have had this same panel for over a year and have never been able to come up with an idea I liked for it. Yours looks great!

  5. I like your QOV quilt. I really like your bright blocks. I cannot wait to receive mine. Thanks for participating.

  6. Oh Sharon, your quilt is just gorgeous! It's just wonderful, I can't stop looking at it. ;o) It's always nice to treat yourself with a little gift like the wallet. I would like to try the selvege technique. It looks very intriguing.

  7. Wow, I thought you'd need a lot more of the rail fence blocks to bring that panel up to size for a QoV! Glad you were able to get it done though - especially since it literally came down to a last minute finish! Will the remaining blocks go into another QoV project?


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