Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quilters Accountability 9/22/10

I interrupt all Quilters Accountability progress to bring you this message.....

Ha ha !!!  We are having a Quilt of Valor sew day on Sunday. Most of the time I have a ton of quilts to bind, but alas - I have only quilted 2 Quilts of Valor this month. This is actually a good sign, as it means I have been a little busier with customer quilts.... which means my kids can eat more (giggle)

So I thought I would demonstrate this block at our sew day:

And then I thought - well that didn't take to long to make. We are industrious sew'ers, I bet we could sew enough for a few tops. If we are going to sew that much, I had better have a lot cut right? So I cut - a lot - today.

Confession time: This summer I bought an AccuQuilt Go cutter. The boys loved it right away, and two of them used it to cut their fair quilts. I was a little slower to convert. It caused my brain to have to think a little differently, and there was not enough chocolate to help that process.

My thought processes are finally catching up. I cut the majority of the fabrics for the flag block with it!!! Yay Me, and it was awesome. I used the 1 1/2 strip cutter and the 3 1/2 inch strip cutter. Now I need the 2 inch strip cutter!  I loved it. I am sure it saved me a bunch of time. plus it allowed me to use a lot of my scraps.

I filled this bucket with strips from the accuquilt. Then subcut them with my rotary cutter into the lengths I needed. I cut enough for 70 blocks.... shew!!!

I have also had a few emails as to how to make the block, and if they did could they send it to me to put into a top. I think this is a great idea. If you would like the directions - here you go.

For one 9 inch block you need:
1 - 3 1/2 by 4 inch Blue Square
2 - 1 1/2 by 9 inch Red Strips
2 - 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch Red Strips
2 - 1 1/2 by 9 inch White Strips
1 - 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch White Strip
1 - 2 inch by 9 inch White Strip ( this is the very bottom strip)

If you would like to send me some blocks - email me for my address, and I would be glad to put them into a Quilt of Valor.

I have no clue if you can click on my drawings to see the doodles and notes I made to make enough blocks for a whole quilt - but it is here if it works?

QA Goals
Last week - Work on Betty Quilt - Yes, about 15 minutes a day.
Quilt a Quilt of Valor -Yep - I actually got 2 done, but forgot to take the pictures. Come back tomorrow!!!!
Cut out a quilt for our QOV sew day - Total over achiever on this one - I have 3 total cut, and blocks for someone to put into a top!!!

This weeks goals:
1. Sew 15 minutes a day on Betty Quilt
2. Quilt one of my own quilts ( I have it prepped.......thats a start right)

Wow - I was wordy tonight... caffiene is awesome!!

To see what everyone else is up to head over to:
You are allowed to join in as well!!!


Paula, the quilter said...

Is the fire near you?

JuJu said...

Hey Alycia ... I can beg, borrow or steal your block pattern? Sara and I are hosting our 1st QOV Sew-in at the Bernina Center in Hancocks Fabric Store here in Lincoln, NE Oct. 3!!! I'll give you credit and tell the quilters all about you!!! Now isn't that enough mushy stuff to get you to say YES??? LOLOL

Thank YOU for ALL you do for QOV and those Vets!!Julia, NE

Anonymous said...

Wow! You were one busy lady! I am impressed by how much you got done. Way to go!

Love the block - and so easy. I have been volunteering at the kids school and they have a go cutter the PTO bought for the school....first I have been around one. VERY nice!