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Monday, June 11, 2018


This is one I pieced.  It looks complicated, but is really quite simple.  The piecing uses all rectangles, but a specialty ruler is used to trim blocks to create the small blocks. 
 Four blocks are sewn together to create the pinwheel effect. 

I like the effect of the blocks staggered rather than lined up.

The blue pinwheel is obvious, but there is also a red one -
 those you have to fill in the blanks  to see a full one.

I used a red white and blue variegated thread to quilt connecting curves in the red, white, and blue areas, and a gold thread to quilt the wiggles in the gold areas.

I used a blue thread and a ruler to quilt in the sashings.  the top picture is the horizontal sashing, and the bottom picture is the vertical sashing.

wiggly lines in the border also -  spacing is based on the piecing in the blocks

the backing is a mottled gold - the same fabric seen above for the binding

Sunday, June 10, 2018


This is one from the national organization sent to me for quilting.  I used a gold thread throughout for the quilting. 

It's the 10-min block, but with a variation.  
Instead of using all 10" blocks, some of  them were pieced to add more variety:

I quilted a pantograph that has flags with a single star in the flag field:

There are stars and loops between each flag:

the backing is a bright blue - not the grey seen here:
The quilting shows well on it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quilt of Valor

This is another one sent to me by the national organization.  They pair me up with local groups that piece the top.  This one was a group effort by several people.  It's large - 72 x 90.  I used a red/white/blue variegated thread throughout the blocks and inner border.

There are several different blocks.  People made their favorite 9" block, then they were all put together and borders added.

churn-dash variation

flying geese


friendship star

I put a zig zag line in the narrow white border, with another line going out to the corner

there is a simple meander with navy thread in the dark outer border.  
Nothing fancy would show, so I kept it simple here

the backing is a great patriotic print:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Quilt of Valor

I pieced this 10-minute quilt pattern.  It was taught at my Indiana QOV group after I had moved to Florida.  So I found the directions online so I could sew along with them.  This quilt will get mailed back to them.  It's 60x72 and really does go together quickly.  A border is added top and bottom to give it some length

one block with red added in the center

8-pointed star qilted in the center of each block

more stars spaced evenly in each border

backing is a plain navy so the quilt shows well

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Quilt of Valor

Jackie pieced this for her QOV group and sent it to me for quilting.  It's 58x69 and I used a red/white/blue variegated thread in the red and blue areas, and a matching thread in the neutral areas.

block - I quilted with connecting curves

stars in the red and blue sashings

The backing has a message for the vet that will get this quilt:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Barbara's fall batiks

Barb made this great quilt for their bed for the fall.  It's all great batiks, and is 90 x 90.

She wanted the leaves to pop, so I did small pebbles in the background behind them.  Then outlined each leaf, and added some veins.


gold leaf

green leaf

I did smaller leaves in the triangles, and center squares of the red blocks:

The red triangles got a center loop with a hook on each side:

I put feathers in the smaller border, and piano keys in the large dark green border:

the backing is a gold and orange print with pebbles:

Friday, March 16, 2018


I received this top via the national organization to quilt.  It's such a simple pattern but creates a beautiful top.  I used a white thread in the blocks and print border, and coordinating threads in the red and blue sashings.  It's 60 x 70.

There are lots of different patriotic, red or blue fabrics for the center squares.
 I quilted an 8-pointed star in these squares, with a hook going into the white corners.

Then they are framed with a red or blue solid fabric. 

I quilted in loopy pattern in these sashings:

The outer border is a patriotic print that I quilted with a simple meander

The backing is a great fireworks pattern:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Maria's 2 Blues

Maria pieced this fabulous top.  I love all the movement in it.  Both the fabrics are blue batiks. 
 It's 75 x 75.

I did all ruler work - creating secondary designs:

8-pointed star in the larger light blue areas

some of the quilting lines created stars, while others are diamonds or stars:

The backing is the same light blue, so all of the quilting shows well.

I did a simple cross-hatching in the darker blue areas