Saturday, September 13

Quilts of Valor Foundation Convention...and shopping!

My pal, Kathy Coontz, and I recently attended a QOV convention in Henderson, NV.
It was inspiring, informative and fun! 
Here are a few highlights of the trip...
To start the first evening off they awarded eight Veteran's with a beautiful quilt.
 

There was a WWII Veteran who brought us all to tears.
 

We had inspiring stories from members of the foundation, including Australia and Canada.
 

Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter, serves on the Board of Directors.
Here she is with the founder, Catherine Roberts, during a Q&A session.
 
 
They're both really funny and smart and passionate women. 
We also visited the local quilt shop, Quiltique, just up the road from the hotel.
 
 
Kathy spotted ANOTHER piece of fabric she just had to have!

 
The decorations in this shop are so darn cute - a gum ball machine next to a bright colorful quilt.

 
This cracks me up!

 
And my favorite - an old piece of iron springs from a bed to hold little bits of fabric - so smart!

 
Yes, this is our next QOV project....stunning!

 
It was such a fun trip - now I'm all pumped up to start on more QOV quilts!
You can read more about the foundation here.

Monday, September 8

Lydia's quilt patterns

My customer, Lydia, is in the process of publishing a new book, "Dreamy Quilts". 
It won't be out until spring of 2015, but I'm hear to tell you....it's dreamy! 
She asked me to quilt some of the quilts in the book and I can hardly wait until it's published so I can get my hands on it!
As a teaser - you can see a couple of her patterns that are for sale NOW through her Etsy shop here.
Here's a photo of her most recent quilt pattern:
 
 
Lydia has given all of my viewers/readers 50% off this pattern in her shop.
THANK YOU!!!!
The code is STITCHBYSTITCH.
 
Quilt Pattern
You can read more about Lydia on her beautiful blog.
Thank you, Lydia....best of luck with your upcoming book!

Sunday, August 31

pillows

I have several pillows I just want to share with you. 
Some of them I made, others were made by my friends.
I made this one for my friend, Brook. 
She has it on her bed with a red & white quilt. 
I got the inspiration from the Red Pepper Quilts blog.

 
This is the backing I used.....love Aneela Hoey prints! 
This one is Sherbet Pips.

 
Ticking makes beautiful pillows - simple & durable.
My friend, Kathleen, at Hens & Daisies, made this one for me.
She loves ticking about as much as I do!

 
She also makes these vintage seed packet pillow covers.
 
 
I had to have both of them!
Check out her Etsy shop, here.
 
 
I made this sweet 30's print mini spider web pillow. 

 
A close-up of the "kids" print I used for the centers.
Here's a link to the tutorial on a mini spider web block.


Brook - yes, the same friend - made me this hand embroidered pillow. 

 
Her embroidery work is perfection!
I love it so much....
 
 
 
Another ticking pillow along with a chenille pillow.
Kathleen made my ticking pillow cover and I added the chenille one.
The more you wash ticking the softer it becomes.

 
I love pillows!

Saturday, August 23

Quilts of Valor presentation...

A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful quilt show, which included a booth for the Quilts of Valor program. 
My very good friend, Kathy Coontz, is the Montana state representative for QOV. 
She set up a beautiful display educating the public on this service.
The QOV program is operated by all volunteers and donations.
I volunteer my long-arm quilting services and I love it!
We make quilts and pillow cases for soldiers who have been touched by war.
The program has been in operation for 10 years and just sent out it's 100,000th quilt - amazing!

We invited our Veteran's from the Manor - the local nursing home - to come to the quilt show so we could present them each with a quilt and pillowcase of their own. 
We love our resident Veteran's.
Three of them were present...
 
 
My Veteran husband, retired Air Force, agreed to present the quilts to each Veteran.
(Isn't he just so handsome in his uniform....and yes, it still fits!)
Here he is with Kathy C. and one of the residents. 
So many smiles!
 
 
Kathy gave a speech about the QOV program then read some personal information about each Veteran and his  service.
 
 
Dan wrapped the quilt around their shoulders, stood in front of them, saluted each one and thanked them for their military service.
 
 
(I love this guy)
 
 
It was so touching.....not a dry eye in the room.
 

 
There were a lot of hugs and "thank you's".
 
 
This gentleman even saluted the audience - he was so happy!
 

 
I'm so proud of my husband who honors his county and his uniform.
Thank you, sweet man, for your service.
 

 
 
If you want to learn more about this incredible program, visit their website http://www.qovf.org/.
 
Here's a short video with Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter, who is a strong advocate for the QOV program.
 
Next week Kathy and I - (yes, 2 Kathy's) - will be heading to Las Vegas for a QOV conference.
Yipee - we are so excited to learn even more about this program and what we can do for our service men and women.
I get to take the long-arm classes!
I'll post all about it when we return.
Look out, Las Vegas, here we come!
 
 

Wednesday, August 13

oh, my stars...

I finally have a finish to share!
Several months ago my quilting machine was down for 3 very long weeks.....sad sigh.
So during that time I decided to pull out one of my unfinished quilts to work on.
This is the one I chose:
 
 
A close-up of mine:
 
 
I love American Jane patterns - by Sandy Klop.
And I love making lone stars - I know, a bit on the crazy side!
I had started it several years ago so my Janome and I spent some serious time together getting it finished.
There are 18 large 16" stars and 132 small 4" stars - sheesh!
 
 
I didn't do the triangle border - I thought it was too distracting.
I quilted a very simple all-over stipple in the center.  Sometimes simple is best and I'm still in love with stippling.
The outer 2 borders are quilted with a 1 1/2" straight line.
 
 
I entered it in our recent local quilt guild show in the Traditional category - I won first place...yay!
Then, the public voted and I received "People's Choice"....double yay!
Yes, I cried a bit.
 
 
It means so much to me to have not only my fellow quilters vote this quilt their favorite but to have the public also think it's beautiful.
I absolutely love this quilt - it's a keeper!
 
 
 
 For the backing I chose a pretty floral print.
 
 
 
 
 Are you entering any quilts in your county, state or local shows? 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 6

scrappy trip, "O's", and a Moda Bake Shop peak...

My friend, Trish, at Notes of Sincerity, sent a few quilts to be quilted.
Here is her Scrappy Trip quilt.
I seriously never get tired of seeing these Scrappy Trip quilts!
Here is the online pattern: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html 
I especially love the different ways to set this quilt.
Trish set her blocks all going the same direction which gave it a diagonal look.
 


She also put white in the #6 position on every single block - I love that!
 

The backing - oh how I love the backing!
 

I quilted a simple stipple all over.
Sometimes a quilt doesn't need to have fancy schmancy quilting - simple was best on this beauty.
 
 
Here is my Scrappy Trip....I have about 70 blocks complete - only a dozen more to go!
Trish constructed most of them for me.
She does that for people.
She will do it for you, too!
Just contact her, here!
 

Here is her "O's" quilt.
Super cute prints!

 
That dot sashing - sweet!
 
 
I quilted swirls in each center, tight waves around each center and stippled the sashing.
 

Here's a sneak peak at Trish's latest Moda Bake Shop quilt - watch for it!
 

Thanks, Trish, for letting me quilt on these pretties!
 

 

Friday, July 25

a 30's print retreat finish...

Last year I went to a retreat in lovely McCall, ID. 
It was hosted by Corrie & Des over at Quilt Taffy.
It was nothing short of amazing!
I'm going again this year - heels kicking in the air!
For three solid days I worked on one project - this 2" Trip Around the World quilt.
 
I had all the strips cut (130 of them) so all I had to do was sew, and sew, and sew!!!
I honestly thought I would go out of my mind sewing strips - I get bored easily with the same thing over and over. 
But, I was determined to finish it while I was there.
I used a very old pattern which was typed with a typewriter and had hand drawn pictures.  That's old!
The only thing I really had to pay attention to was keeping the piles in order by number - the rest was a piece of cake!
(I used little stickers with number on them)
 
 
Here is 1/2 of the top finished.
 
 
Some of the "rounds" have different prints, but they are within the same color.
 
 
The backing is a pretty purple 30's print.

 
peeking through asparagus plants...

 
I quilted it with an all-over cross-hatch.....love!

 
I took the photos at my neighbors home just up the road - love this chipped paint door.
 
 
Old things with flowers in them...pretty.
 

 
The hand binding is a sweet green/white stripe my friend, Barbara, gave me....she knows I love green and stripes.  (thank you)

 
I'm very much in love with my 30's Trip quilt - it's a snuggler!
 

 
Corrie & Des are hosting another retreat this year.
You can read all about it here.
There are still a few spots left in the first session - you really don't want to miss out!
 
 
 
Thank you, Danette, for letting me take pictures on your property...you're the best!