"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Monday, July 31, 2023

Veterans Hospital Quilts

 There is a quilt group in my area that makes and donates
quilts to our local Veterans Hospital.
They have sewing days once a month and a number of
the members choose to work on these quilts then.
I was told that last year they donated 120 quilts to the VA hospital.
120 Quilts!!!

This is not a huge group of people making these quilts.

One thing that makes it easier to receive so many quilts for donation
is that a few of the members will quilt the quilt tops at no charge.
The group purchases batting and backing, so all one has to do
is supply the top to them. It will be returned quilted and ready for binding.
I gave this batik top that I had made a while ago to a member of the 
group and it was quilted for me. I got it back, sewed the binding on
and am ready to return it to the group.

Since I am meeting this member to return the quilt,
why not have another one to give to be quilted?
I've had this French General jelly roll in my stash
for who knows how long,
so I thought it would make a nice quilt for a Veteran.

The only stipulation is that the quilt be 48x60",
so I added a row of 2 1/2" squares to the top and bottom to make it long enough.

This will be returned to me to be bound and maybe I'll have another
quilt ready for quilting.
Making quilts for our Veterans is a very small thank you for the
 sacrifices they make to all of us. 

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, July 22, 2023

Two Finishes and Projects in Motion

 There has been a lot going on in my Hidey Hole lately.
Some things I'm really enjoying
and some... not so much.

The Christmas tree skirt I made for a
September wedding gift is finished!

This pattern is one I designed on EQ8. I'd make a couple
of small changes if I were to make this one again,
but I'm pleased with the finish.
Next, I found this border fabric a few years ago
in a quilt shop while traveling.
(I wish I could remember where!)
I wanted something fast to make and pulled out
the fabric, along with a wedge ruler.
These two table toppers are the result
of an afternoon of play.

They are the top and bottom of the border and each 
one is so different.

I appliqued a little fussy cut circle in the middle to
cover up the uneven join.
One of these I will keep and the other I will gift.

Next, one of my nieces is having a little girl
after having three boys,
so a very girly quilt is in order.
I started with the Kaffe piece and pulled
the pinks and turquoises to go with it.
I just love quilts made with triangles.


The colors are a bit off in this photo, but I like
where this is headed.
 Some tweaking still needs to be done and I may
add two more triangles to each row. 
The baby is due in October, so I have time.

Then there's this....
Each year I go to upstate NY with my sister in law
for "Quilt Camp".
There are six of us who attend.
Last year we decided to draw names and make a 
quilt for that person. 
Whose name we drew and the quilt we are making is a secret.
It was decided to use Cake Mix 3 and the layer cakes of our choice.
Let me just say.... I am not a Cake Mix kind of gal. 
Sewing all of these pages and then cutting and trimming
takes sooooo much longer than just strip piecing
and trimming the HST's.
It will get done, though!
I have until October to finish this one, too.
My goal is to have the top done in the next two weeks.
Hopefully, I'll have all of the papers removed by then!

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Christmas Tree Skirt

 The daughter of a dear friend is getting married in September,
so, for those who have followed me for a while,
you know what that means....

A Christmas tree skirt is in the making.

This is my traditional wedding gift, when it's appropriate.

This one I designed myself on EQ8.
There are a few tweaks I'll make when I make this pattern again,
but, overall, I'm pleased with the design.
It was fun going through my Christmas fabric stash,
choosing which fabric would go where in the design.

I will get it quilted and set aside for September.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Seasons Quilt

 Another quilt is in the works in my Hidey Hole.

My church is celebrating our 75th anniversary in the fall and I was asked
if I would make a quilt that represents what
St. Matthew's means to me. 
It will be raffled off during the celebration weekend.
This quilt represents the liturgical seasons of
the Episcopal Church.
The order of the seasons never changes and brings
peace and comfort to me as we go through the year.

Green represents Ordinary time and the season of Epiphany (the time after Christmas).
Purple represents the seasons of Advent and Lent.
White represents Christmas and Easter. Easter season lasts for 50 days.
There are a few Sundays during the year where white is used as well.
Red represents Pentecost (the day the Holy Spirit came down on the church).
Borders will be added to the quilt next.
I designed this quilt using EQ8 and am pleased with how it is coming together.
Onward and upward!
Happy Quilting!