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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Ruthie made this QUILT OF VALOR for a family friend.  I love the big heart that the log cabin blocks created.  It's 66x72.  I've applied the binding for her to stitch down.

The two gold stars are the recipient and his wife.  The next smaller stars are their children and their spouses.  The smaller stars are the grandchildren and future greats.  What a clever idea.

I quilted a simple meander in the background, with an 8-pointed star randomly placed.  I outlined each star to make them pop a little more.  The same quilting was done in the red and blue areas, with a wiggly line in the border:

8-pointed star in the background

8-pointed star in the red area

meander in background

A red flange was added to help frame the quilt.

The backing is a beige tone-on-tone

Monday, February 5, 2018


My friend Ruthie made this Quilt of Valor for a friend.  She added the box around the center star to highlight it.  It has a purple heart in it since the veteran to receive it earned a Purple Heart.  It's
65 x 78.  I've added the binding and she will do the hand-stitching.  It's the same fabric as the backing.

Purple Heart

I did simple wiggly lines in all of the stripes to simulate a flag waving

I quilted a star in the center of the blue stars, and connecting curves around the points of the star

The quilting shows up well on the back

She added a gold flange on the sides to separate the blue border from the blue stripes

Sunday, January 21, 2018


This is one that I made last spring when the Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop ran a mystery for our Quilt of Valor Sew Day.  We all had pre-cut fabrics ahead of time, so we could spend our time sewing as Joan gave us clues throughout the day.  We had no clue what the finished top would look like.  It was easy and went together fast with the large pieces.  There is a second strip of gold fabric like the red, but my gold isn't really dark, so it's a little more subtle.  Finished size is 64x78

I finally got it quilted, using a panto with stars.  I used a red/white/blue variegated thread to add some color throughout.

The back is a wide back that I found in Shipshewana last February

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Maria's 30's

This is the second time around for this pattern for Maria.  She made one for herself in 2015 and had me quilt it.  However, her sister claimed it, so she made it again for herself!!

The challenge was to quilt it differently.  I made the mistake of going back and looking at the first one, so that picture was in my mind.  I finally came up with a different plan.  It's 67x86, with white thread used throughout.

It's a 2-block quilt.  I did similar quilting in each, but different in the center blocks of the outer rows.

They both have flower petals in the center and corners, but one has zig zags in the plain white, and the other has a large blocky petal in the triangle blocks

I used the same flower petals in the narrow border:

I love the way they show up on the back - it's like a whole cloth quilt

Love the way the quilting makes a large petal even though the sections were quilted separately 

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Ringo Lake

This is Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery  - On Ringo Lake.  I used hot pink instead of coral, and gold instead of dark brown.  I made the changes so I can use it in the same room as her Double Delight pattern made in  2009.  This was back in the day before she created pieced setting triangles and busy borders.  I wish I had used a dark burgundy like in Double Delight so there would be more contrast. But it's staying the way it is.  I have all the pieces made, just have to assemble.  But I have some client quilts that need to be quilted first so it's all put away for now.

Please refer back to Bonnie's blog to get the pattern and instructions


On Ringo Lake - laid out but not sewn.  A big thank you to whoever posted the picture with the string setting triangles.  Love that idea since I wanted my focus fabrics to be the pink and turquoise.

Double Delight - 2009 myster

Simple setting triangles and borders

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Quilt of Valor

The national Quilt of Valor organization paired me with a Quilt of Valor group near me that made made this top so it was sent to me for quilting.  It's 60 x 72

I used white thread to put a lot of 8-pointed stars in the white areas:

I quilted wiggly lines through the red and blue strips using a red/white/blue variegated thread:

The border is a patriotic print, so I just quilted a simple meander.  This same fabric was used on the back:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Quilt of Valor

The national Quilt of Valor organization paired me with a Quilt of Valor group near me that made made this top so it was sent to me for quilting.  It's 60 x 74

I used a white thread to quilt hooks in the white and cream fabrics:

The  stars have connecting curves and loops using a red/white/blue variegated thread:

I used a blue thread to put loops in the narrow blue border:


The backing is a patriotic stripe:

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quilt of Valor

The national Quilt of Valor organization paired me with a Quilt of Valor group near me that made made this top so it was sent to me for quilting.  It has a printed panel in the center, with a small border, then a large border of coordinating fabric with fireworks.  It's 60 x 72

I did a simple meander in the fireworks fabric as the quilting there doesn't show well.  The first border has 8-pointed stars:

There is a checkered fabric in the corners, and I did stitch-in-the-ditch there to emphasize the checkerboard look:

The backing is blue with gold stars:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Quilt of Valor

I made this from a kit that my QOV group put together.  I looks fussy but it pretty easy.

There are blocks that are alternate colors that I put together in rows

I used a panto that has lots of stars for the quilting, using a red/white/blue variegated thread.

I used up lots of bigger pieces, as well as left over blocks, for the backing.  The binding has been put on and is waiting for someone else to flip to the back.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quilt of Valor

Virginia from my Quilt of Valor group pieced this lovely top.  It's 82 x 82.  I did custom quilting on it - as it deserves, using a cream thread in the background areas, and a red/white/blue variegated thread in the red and blue areas.

The block is 15" with lots of parts.   

There are half-square triangles:


and plain squares

The rest of the quilt has stripes:

and checkerboard

I quilted lots of connecting curves and wiggly lines:

There is a 3" plain border in which I quilted squares to carry the checkerboard theme:

The back is plain red, with a piece of patriotic print on one side.  
This print was also used for the binding

The red is really much darker - as seen on the side of the photo below