Thursday, October 23, 2014

Purple and Lime Quilt

Since I had the Purple thread on my machine to bind Wrangler Mans quilt... I thought - Oh I could bind another purple quilt.... so I got to it!

This Purple and Lime Quilt is now ...... FINISHED!!

it measures 65 x 74 inches

I used Quilters Dream - Dream Puff for the batting.
I love the loft that it gave this quilt
Plus it is a real Light Weight warmth!

It is bound in light purple.

And!! The back.
I love this little purple print!

I have it listed in my Etsy Shop

I have entered it in the LargeQuilt Category at
Amy's Blog Festival

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quilts of Valor 2014

Happy Wednesday!!!

Hope you have had a great Quilty Week so far!!  I sure have... and I am having fun! I had visitors yesterday - that always inspires me. They were so excited and had made a LOT of Quilts of Valor - it was fun to check them all out!!

So - are you ready to be inspired??

Buckle in!!!

If you have followed my blog for a while - you will remember that every so often I host a block drive. My favorite part about this - is that we have quilts that have a minimum of 30 people involved in that quilt. It is amazing to be able to say - you are hugged!!

Quilt from Scrappy Trips block drive.

The other thing I like is that it gives us a chance to have a lot of quilts in a lot of different phases - making sure we keep our supply up.

Some of them take a short time to get into the hands of our Veterans, and others take a while.

Either way it allows us to keep the supply in motion, and keep the choices of quilts variegated.

Smiles are totally worth it right?

 I hope you will agree - because Sunday!! - you will want to come back - I promise!!

 This lovely Quilt of Valor was pieced by Liz M and quilted by Debbie. They brought it into Ruths Stitchery in Colorado Springs, and Beth got it to me... and voila - you get to be inspired!

This is another one Pieced by Liz - it was quilted by Stefanie - and again brought into Ruths. I love this center of this quilt!! They make a great team!
 A close up - cuz I know you wanted to see it!

And the back..... Isn't that cool?

This is the Third quilt pieced by Liz - 
It was quilted by Donna.  

This beauty was pieced and quilted by Anne K in Colorado Springs. Such a great quilt!!

Another block Drive Quilt - this one from fall of 2013

A block Drive Quilt. I tell you - this quilt made this Vets day
It was amazing ;-)

This quilt was pieced and quilted by GBH in Monument.   It is a pretty cool illusion isn't it?
The next two quilts were made by Anonymous.
Anonymous is an impressive quilter! 

If you know who you are - I would love to give you credit!!
These are beautiful!

To encourage you to come back on Sunday - another Block Drive quilt. You all these are really so much fun. So many of you send in blocks, and then we invite other to come in and assemble.   We have had the University of Northern Colorado Softball players, the Key Club, our guild, our regular QOV sew-ists ( that I could not live without) , and even some veterans!

I love how they give everyone an opportunity to love on a Veteran. To let them know that we are grateful for them!

So.... Here is a Hint!
I already told you to dig out your patriotic 2 1/2 inch pieces...
Hint Number two:

Reds and Creams - should be at least 8 1/2 inches
Blues should be at least 10 1/2 inches

See you Sunday!!! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Find More Time

I love reading other blogs, but sometimes I wonder how people get SO much done!!  And on one blog - please don't ask which ... I already forgot - she mentioned a book about more time.

I did a search at the library and one came up called Find More Time....

Wrangler Man and I had to travel a few hours to a Cross country meet - so I thought I would read the book out loud to both of us, and we would come back all organized.... yes - you may laugh now... It won't hurt my feelings...

We did enjoy the book - the first part is a 100 question quiz, all about how you do things. I tell you we laughed. You were supposed to rate yourself on that activity from a 1 to a 5 -

Example - "prepare for the next day the night before"   WM says Oh ya - I do that.... and I say oh no you don't - I give you a 1.... and then we talked about what getting ready the night before really meant.  He then agreed to a 1.... of course this was an area i got a 5 in  .... so it's easy to pick on him. ( But you all know I adore the man right?  Cuz I do!)

There were others I didn't score so high - like having an effective to do list - emphasis on the EFFECTIVE..... I have tons of lists.... but.....

We came home and took an hour and made some lists and some goals. I made a Master list. The book said to make a Monthly Master List - I thought I would take baby steps and do a weekly one.... two weeks in - I am making progress.

The shoes/boots in the mud room have even been culled. There is no one in this family going to wear a size 3 shoe again. And the hats.... the hats - oh my goodness that hats.... the favorite ones are now hanging.... the unfavored are elsewhere....

I also made a Master QOV list... it seems those things just pile up - lots of little 5 minutes tasks that get me off track for hours... so I thought ( yep that is dangerous) if I wrote them all on the same sheet of paper, I could sit at the computer once and do them all. So far - it's working pretty good. I have only had one person get frustrated. I do remind myself that I am a volunteer though - so I was good.
That person is my Son! Crazy man!

A friend of mine is an awesome blogger, and is organized - i even asked her for some suggestions - and wow.... she had great ideas that I am trying too...  and you all - I love blogging - it is like my own little personal journal that keeps track of dates better than I do!!

One of my main goals was to make sure I nurtured my creativity. I told my family, and that is always interesting. You tell them something and they are really helpful in making sure I get some goof off creative time. AND! They don't laugh if I drag them out to the floor to dance ....

Any time saving suggestions?  Send em on!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Plaid #3

At least I think this is the one I have been calling Three....

After my Progress Report  on my plaids - it jump started me again... So the one that was in almost all row stage looking like this.....

Oh by the way - I saw a boo boo when it was laying like this - top right corner - I sewed to of the same blocks together. It looked good in the night..... but oops! So it had to be fixed.

And now:

I have another border to put on it.... and voila -

This is a pattern from Patchworktimes .com - called Sunny Side up.

Which is also where you will find lots of fun inspiration today at her design wall link up:
An other inspiration at Marelize's anything goes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Meandering Mood ( and Sunday Special)

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Slots are limited so don’t wait! ( Quilts will be finished no later than November 7th- perfect timing for gifts!)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy

That is the theme around here this week - and thank goodness my husband and kids don't care what my sewing table looks like!  They are even careful when opening and closing the doors this week ( wind damage to my designs results in NO dessert!)

I got my Orange RSC blocks finally done - this one was September's color

I was asked early on how I did these - so I wrote a quick little tutorial on how I did them.....  I should mention - there is chocolate consumed, and that is what keeps me at my sew table... yep - confessions ;-)

Here are a few other Orange Quilts I have made.

This one is from the Monochromatic challenge from Patchworktimes - a few weeks ( alright years) ago. Still not quilted.... Hmmmm Maybe that should be a goal for 2015??

But with the scraps from that quilt came this little quilt:
And it IS quilted ... please notice.... it is BOUND!
Oh ya - extra credit!!

And now after my heart block - I think I might have enough scraps....

for a whole nother 6 or 7 blocks!! *accckk* how does that happen? 
I have NOT added any orange to the bag!!!

For more Scrappy goodness head to 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cheering in the middle of the night

This has been such a great week - I have been making lists and checking them off..... and then I realized today is Finish Friday with COnfessions  and Crazy Mom and TGIFriday   and I wanted to be a part of it.

Oh! And Wrangler Man has been begging me to finish his quilt. You think that would be inspirations enough... but nope - I needed more!!

Last night after our Cross Country meet ( our team made State!! yay!!)  I pulled it out and got to it!

This is what it looks like when you finish and you throw it over your loved one, and hope your cell phone will make a flash...

 Boy was my hubby surprised.  He is used to me stitching late in to the night.... but he is also used to it not being for him ;-)

I think it looks much better this morning!  And the best thing - it is finished ! Before Football season has gotten cold!

And yes  - that green thing is a rope. A real cowboy rope. Except that is it clean.
Sometimes a cowboy needs to practice inside. 

When I started making this quilt it was just some purple and yellow scraps.

And I just wanted to see if I could make that Churn Dash block demo'd by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I had 4 blocks up on the wall - and Wrangler Man said - I want that!  *Surprise*  

It was awfully flowery at the time. So I went to my scraps and pulled out some less flowery ones.

I added them in and it  sort of muted the floral tones. 

Then when it came to quilting - I had a brilliant idea. What if I quilted his favorite team into it!
And Voila -  The Wyoming Cowboys came to be on a purple and yellow quilt.

I think that earned me at least a bag of Dove Dark Chocolates.... right?
Enjoy Checking out all the other finished this week. I like to look at them - its a virtual quilt show!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quilts of Valor 2014

Out in Haxtun Colorado there was a fall Festival. Marsha and her friend Elenna set up a booth about Quilts of Valor and even entered a quilt in the show!! it was fun to hear about all that went on - and Bless Marsha for the photos!! 

Didn't they do a great job?  I think there was quite a bit of interest generated... I have heard from some veterans that live in that area! Awesome!!
 This was the prize winning quilt. I do believe she is keeping that one -)

let me show you some more quilty inspirations!!
One of the ways Quilts of Valor hears about Veterans that have not recieved a Quilt is by individual Requests. These are made at . we hear about them, and then get to head out to make the presentation. Sometimes they take a while to arrange, some get to happen almost immediately. Here are photos of a few. 

Check out this yummy quilt - it was made by Cindy B. I got to meet Cindy when her son came home from his deployment. She is awesome - and funny!

Here is another quilt that she made - she made over 150 Quilts of Valor - impressive  ( and that was during her son's 9 month deployment)

Here is another that Cindy made. I believe these are all flannel - and they will be SO loved!! It's getting cold in this country!

This is a big flannel Quilt - it was pieced and quilted by Jeanette in Denver. It's really snuggly!

The next two quilts were pieced by quilters in the Columbine Quilt guild QOV bee - and Jeanette Quilted them. Her quilting time is a little limited right now - she has to watch her granddaughter. I think she might really enjoy that ( grin)  The little one is cute!

This is a prep photo - this is what my house looks like weekly. As quilts come in and are finished I lay them out in order over my couches and the boys and I do a photo shoot *giggle* and they have to put them back in the exact order they picked them up. so we can get all the pillowcases back to them.

You never knew I was that organized did you?  

Have a great week.... and here is a hint.... do you have some extra 2 1/2 inch patriotic strips hanging around? Do you want to be a part of a Quilt of Valor Quilt?  Get those strips out and sorted into Reds, Whites and Blues.... there might be something coming up that you want to do ;-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scrappy Blues

Now this quilt needs a name....besides Leftovers.... ( or maybe Leftovers is good?)

Here is my strip bucket....

And then I had these little Bright Pink triangles.... I like Bright Pink.  So I started adding Blues to them.  I kinda sorta forgot that triangles don't make great squares in this manner...

But I had fun - and that is what counts.

Some of them finished square - most of them finished triangle - y.... but when you stack them, you sort of forget that they might not be square.   But I pulled out my cream scraps - it was a BIG ziploc bag. And when I opened it - yep - I added oxygen - and it exploded!

And then I started adding cream, and started cutting, and rearranging.

And started making a row ish type layout.... ( this was at night - I just kept sewing and sewing and watching the West Wing. Cool show by the way)

And Now.... This is where I am.

I think that I want to make Blue Borders - goodness knows I still have blue scraps, the lid still doesn't quite close .....

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