Soldier’s Quilt Top Is Finished And 2 New Umbrella Blocks


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I finished my Disappearing 9 Patch (D9P) quilt top two days ago but couldn’t get any decent photos on the inside. It was too large for my design wall. And I didn’t like any of the other photos I took in different places around the house. So I decided to take the photos outside yesterday. And wouldn’t you know it. The sun stayed behind the clouds most of the day. These are the best I could get.

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To-date this is the largest quilt top I have ever made. It measures 73 1/2″ by 91″.

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After it is quilted, it will be given to one of our wounded soldiers. Distributed by the American Hero Quilts program. Per their website, quilt top minimum measurements were 63″ by 87. So I hope it is OK that mine is a bit over.

I have really enjoyed working on this project and will be making a second quilt top. Squares are cut. Now I need to decide on a design. Something different. I have a couple patterns in mind. I will work on this next one in between other projects. So it will take longer. But that’s OK. There is always a need.

Go here if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent.

http://www.americanheroquilts.com/


Good news!! I made progress on my Umbrella Blocks Quilt.

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There are now six umbrella blocks. I made two more. Originally I was thinking a wall hanging. I guess it could still go on the wall. It isn’t THAT big. I figure after adding the sashing and border, it will measure around 75″ by 60″.

You know how sometimes you work on something off and on, seems forever!! And then the “dislike” starts to creep in. Well, I am still loving this one.

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Even with all the sewing of those little 1 1/2″ squares for the scrappy border.

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I am getting better at making sure the seams are even. Makes for an easy trim when the edges line up. At first I wasn’t sure if I was sewing a perfect 1/4″ seam. So when Fran in my Quilt Group posted a link to a test, I thought, HEY, let’s do it. Now I can make sure. I followed the directions, measured and IT WAS PERFECT!! If I say so myself, I have come a long way since first learning to quilt in January 2011.

Want to know if you are sewing perfect 1/4″ seams? Test yourself. Go here. Thanks, Fran!!

http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/video—the-perfect-seam-allowance.htm


This is what I am working on today. Something quick and easy.

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Need to get it finished and mailed off today. I can only show you the fabric since the person it is for reads my blog. But I will show you the finished item after she receives it. Sometime this week.

Hope you have a great week. Do something fun… Tell me what your crafty plans are for this week.

Sewing One For The Men And Women, Our Soldiers


This is what I worked on yesterday. I took a rest break from my umbrella blocks.

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I am making a quilt for the men and women who keep us safe. Our Soldiers. Our Troops. Our Heroes.

Actually I am just making a quilt top since there are so many wonderful women (and probably men too) out there in the Quilting Community who will do the quilting. They, so generously, have volunteered their time and skills to this project.

I had been reading the heartwarming stories from the families and the soldiers themselves about the beautiful quilts they had received. I thought about how I could contribute. I have fabric. I have the time. I even have a tiny bit of quilting skills under my belt. So when Nancy, in my Quilt Group, told us about the need for patriotic blocks and quilt tops, I went from “reading about it” to doing it.

I have the easy part. Cutting, sewing, designing.

More details and photos coming up so you can see what I am making.


Click on the links below to read about the quilts for soldiers projects. Do a Google search. You may find a quilt group in your area volunteering their time and resources. They need all the help they can get. Do consider joining in.

http://www.americanheroquilts.com/

http://www.qovf.org/

http://www.aquiltnhand.com/quilts_for_soldiers.htm

http://www.quiltweb.com/yellow/deployed.htm