Saturday, February 28, 2015

The last Pink Scrappy Saturday and QOV step 2

In my continued quest to bust my 30's prints as part of my ongoing RSC challenge - I show you my RSC15 Pink 30's blocks:

Out of all my pinks and maybe a few that weren't Technically 30's prints - but were in the bin...

17 Blocks!!

Not too bad!!
Go see everyone elses Rainbow Scrap Challenges for February

ALRIGHT!!! Now it is time for Step 2 in the QOV Stars and Stripes

I know - I keep calling it the Super Cool Awesome QOV - and I will tell you why tomorrow - you will giggle...

So - here we go:

Thank you SO much for playing along -
the entire quilt can now be found at:

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.

Thank you SO much for playing along - the entire pattern can now be found at:

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
thank you so much for playing along - 
the entire pattern can now be found at:

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 !!!!