Friday, February 27, 2015

Plaid # 8 - and the first QOV step

My February Goal for ALYOF and for me (grin) was to finish Plaid #8.  And - I am glad to say that I did!!!  I quilted the heck out of it - for fun and to try a new pattern.

Here it is:

Of course I used a purple plaid backing. The fabrics in the top are shirtings - but this is a flannel-ish type fabric.  It washed up super soft.

So - are you stitching along with the Quilt of Valor?   So far the

The Fabric has been posted:

The Cutting Instructions:

And now we will start on the stitching. In my head - each step should take about 1 hour, or less - as most of you truly sew quicker than I.

Block Number 1:

We will be making 24 Star blocks - this is the first step in getting them ready.

They will measure 9 ½ inches unfinished.

I do everything in bulk so that when I am ready to assemble to block all the pieces are ready.

Grab your 48 – 4 inch White Squares.

Take a ruler and on the wrong side of the fabric draw a diagonal pencil line from corner to corner.

Grab your 48 – 4 inch Blue Squares.
You will pair a white square with a navy square, right sides together.

Stitch ¼ inch away from the drawn diagonal on EACH SIDE of your pencil line. 

Then take your rotary cutter and slice right down that line . It is much easier if you place your ruler along the pencil line and the cut.

Take the pieces to the ironing board and press to the dark side.

You should have 96 ½ square blocks.  Mine usually turn out at exactly 3 ½ inches using this method. If you stitch differently – you will want to trim them down to 3 ½ inches.

See you Tomorrow for another step ;-)  And don't worry if you get behind - I won't give you a step on Sunday.... I'll call it our catch up day ;-)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cutting Instructions - Stars and Stripes

Today I am going to post just the cutting instructions....   a little bit each day goes a LONG way!!

PS - this is all based on 42 inch wide fabric

Cutting Instructions
Red Fabric:
·        Cut 3 - 10 inch strips by the Width of Fabric (wof)
o   Sub cut into 10 Inch Squares
§  You Need 12 – 10 inch squares

White (or Cream)
·        Cut 3 – 10 inch Strips by wof
o   Sub cut those strips into 10 inch squares
§  You need 12 – 10 inch Squares
·        Cut 9 – 3 ½ inch strips by wof
o   Sub Cut those strips into 3 ½ inch squares
§  You need  96  - 3 ½ inch squares
·        Cut 5 – 4 inch strips by wof
o   Sub cut those strips into 4 inch squares
§  You need 48 – 4 inch squares
·        Cut 1 – 2 ½ inch strip
o   Sub cut that strip into 2 ½ inch squares
§  You need 8 – 2 ½ inch squares
·        Cut 1 – 2 inch wof strip
o   Sub cut that strip into 2 inch squares
§  You need 16 – 2 inch squares

Blue Fabric:

The Blue will be used in blocks as well as the long outer borders. I don’t mind piecing my borders, so I will start cutting blocks first. If you want to have a no pieced border – you will need to add fabric, and cut a little different. That option is not provided in these instructions.

·        Cut 5 – 4 inch wof strips
o   Sub cut the strips into 4 inch squares
§  You will need 48 – 4 inch squares
·        Cut 2 – 3 ½ inch wof strips
o   Sub cut the strips into 3 ½ inch squares
§  You will need 24 – 3 ½ inch squares
·        Cut 1 – 2 ½ inch wof strip
o   Sub cut strip into 2 ½ inch squares
§  You will need 8
·        Cut 1 – 2 inch strip
o   Sub cut into 2 inch squares

§  You will need 4

* the border cutting will occur in another step *

if you need the fabric Requirements - they can be found at the bottom of yesterdays post:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quilts of Valor 2015 and Fabric Requirements

I am not sure where to start this morning.... with smiles, with quilts, with the up and coming events.... with chocolate or Dr Pepper....... oh boy.... my head is just spinning!!

Alright - decision made - let's look at some Quilts of Valor first. We, in Colorado, have some standing destinations that we make sure we cover our Veterans at. This number varies per month - but on average it is 60 quilts per month.... then we work with a lot of other venues, and seasonal groups - and that can make the number jump to way high!!

Pieced by Donna L in CO Quilted by Elena M in Denver

MQX blocks, topped by Deb, Quilted by Elena M

Pieced by Donna L, Quilted by Crystal  

Pieced and Quilted by Linda R in Nebraska

Pieced and Quilted by Linda R in Ne

Pieced and Quilted by Linda R in NE

a close up - aren't those cool blocks?

Pieced and Quilted by Pat Pin Canton MI

Pieced and Quilted by Pat P in Canton MI
Free pattern Here

Pieced and Quilted by Alycia C in CO ( that;s me lol)
Free pattern here:

All that to say that I am always Extremely grateful for all of the Quilters that help make sure these Veterans are shown the love.  These quilts make such a HUGE difference - I can't even begin to tell you.  Last week I was at a venue, and you all - I was so emotional when I left. I don't even know how to pass on the gratitude that these Veterans had for our quilts, and for acknowledging them.  I took all the hugs and I am passing them on to you!  *POOF*  did you feel their hugs???


and smiles

Colorado - as well as other coordinators - are in need of Finished Quilts - ready to be presented to our Veterans ...  so over the next week or two - I am going to post the steps for a really cool - beginner friendly Quilt of Valor. I hope that you will check back each day for the next step - and join in. And I hope you will like the quilt.

It will finish at 63 x 81 inches ... ready to go gather your fabrics?

You will need:

Red:  7/8 of a yard
White: 2 1/2 yards
Blue:  2 yards

This does NOT include backing or Binding. I will probably bind mine with the Blue - so I would add an additional 1/2 yard to that.

I will put the cutting instructions up tomorrow - hope you come back??

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pink Plaid Sticks on the Plains in the Snow

Sort of..... I guess the snow is on the Plains, but the Pink Plaid Sticks is warm in the house.

I have had so many awesome comments , and direct emails about this quilt top . So many of you wanted to know how I did it....

So.... here is how.. I sat down at my machine and I stitched, and I looked up and the dog was barking, so I headed outside to see why, and I found a horse in my front yard. I took the horse back to the large pasture he was supposed to live in and I came back in the house and I stitched some more , and then I .....

Wait?  That is NOT what you were talking about?

Tee hee - I decided that my thought process is better put into pictures - so I created a pattern ( ish) for you and I loaded it in my Craftsy pattern store .... For Free..... so you could print it out and see the way my poor brain works.

I don't think there are any pictures of the horse in my front yard though - I'll save those for another day:

The free pattern can be found here:

And here are some of the other patterns AlyciaQuilts Craftsy Store ( hope that works)


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Allegiance by Janet

Janet  made this version of the Allegiance Quilt for Quilts of Valor!

I had such a fun time quilting on it - lots of circles!!

Here is the link to find the Mystery Quilt ( even though you know what it iwll look like)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pink Plaid Sticks

I wasn't sure if this should be called Pink Plaid ( aka Plaid #9)  or if it should be Sticks 3 - since I made it in the fashion of Sticks and Sticks 2   - Usually I name quilts and then I sort of forget what their names are anyways....  and I make up a new name..... sort of like I do with people. ( sigh)

without further ado..... here is Pink Plaid Sticks...

And remember all the fabrics I cut up?  Yep.... I still have a lot left, so they are next to my machine and I'll keep stitching on them - maybe make a whole nother 2 or 3 quilts.....

Oh - and I made scraps.... anyone interested? lol!!

Linking up to:  on Saturday and
on Sunday:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Plaid #7 .... The Finish!

My Plaid #7 is all finished - and even.... *gasp* ..... Bound!!

This is my second finish for the 2015 Finish A Long with Adrienne     ( you can cheer , I will love it)

Are you ready?

and the back - because it is plaid too!

And while the quilt was sitting here - being all lazy - the colors were changing quite rapidly to the West.

Not too bad to look at.....

This Quilt is for Sale Here:

Linking up to:

And of course in March I will Link to:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Remembering Quilt Con

The second Quilt Con is happening now in Austin.... and I am sure everyone is feasting their eyes on all the quilty Gorgeousness that is there...... and having a grand time.

I am here - in Colorado this year - and while I miss the smell of the fabrics, the headyness of the Quilty goodness.... I am glad to be home, in my little creative space.

Being the little camera dragger that I am though - I thought I would share some of my photos from the First Quilt Con - and give you a little glimpse of what was there.... while we are awaiting photos of what is there now ...  ( you got that right? That was a looooong sentence!)

So there you go - a small sample of what was there!!! And if you are at Quilt Con this year - share your photos!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilts of Valor 2015

Are you Ready?  Are you Prepared? This is going to be a photo heavy post - so I want you to have your beverage of Choice all ready, and a little snack.... keep your strength up while viewing all the Quilty Goodness!!!

This first quilt is a block Drive Block Quilt too - sort of - there are blocks from the drive, and ones that Sharon added
Pieced and Quilted by Sharon E in Greeley

This is the Allegiance Quilt ( pattern is listed under Free Patterns header)
Pieced and Quilted by Jan S in Eaton CO

Pieced and quilted by Nancy C of Araphoe County Quilters

From Linda S - called Funky Plates - Arapahoe County

A Friend of Liz D in Boulder

The next three are all Block Drive tops as well - I love that each one is different!! And they are still so unique!
Block Drive blocks - Pieced by Cowboy Bob - Quilted by Jean R in honor of her WWII father

Block Drive Blocks - pieced by Greeley Group - Quilted by Ellen P 

Block Drive Blocks - Pieced by Bob quilted by Crystal S 

I thought I could share some more smiles with you before you head out for the day....

My favorite is the smile - and then the snuggle!!

Enjoy !!!!