Stars and Stripes


Over a decade ago I met one of the most interesting people I have come to call a friend.  We met in the Where’s Willy forums.  He is a veteran living in Ohio.  We’ve had some serious heart to heart conversations.  He is intelligent and funny and thoughtful.  He has interesting hobbies, a fascinating life, and a great family.  The popularity of fb gradually lured us to other ways of social media and we don’t connect as much.  I miss it.  While still in northern BC I came across a quilt pattern in a magazine that immediately reminded me of him.  Over three years already!  The cut pieces came with me to Manitoba and I managed to complete the project last summer.  My bad waiting so long to get around to posting once it was completed.  I know it was last summer because that was the summer we had the purple paint petunias bracketing the bench on the front veranda.

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I quite pleased with this one.  I used my favourite sort of fabrics, reproductions of civil war designs – blues that incorporated tiny stars, and red with stripes.  The finished quilt was lap size.  I think that bed size quilts are presuming too much.  First colour preferences, second bed size, and this one was a surprise, so I couldn’t very well ask.

I mailed it off end of summer.  They were surprised, and delighted, I think.  They sent a thank you stating as much, my friend commenting it would be most welcome once the cold weather arrives.  This quilt carried many prayers with it.  Serving in the navy does not come with a plethora of good memories, especially when one serves in a way that sees atrocities done to bodies that no one should.  The thought gives me a heavy heart and an ache in my throat.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to witness the hatred and violence of the world.

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The quilted design of loops and stars was applied by The Quilty Guilt.  So blessed to have a long armer in the house.  This quilt is one of the first to not have a flannel back.

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2 Chronicles 14:13  Asa and the army with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until no one remained alive; for they were broken before the Lord and his army.

 

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In the Bulb


At the beginning of November, with the church bazaar approaching fast, I embarked on designing a nine patch quilt.  Something quick and simple to donate for sale.  I had a jelly cake roll that would fit the project perfectly.  This is the end result.
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The layout reminds me of a map.  I added two other fabrics from my stash to make the quilt crib size.  The quilt was priced at $125.00, I donated my time, only wanting the cost of the fabric.  A deal!  It’s still available.

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

A Triple Double IC


What is not a basketball term , a surgery procedure, or a specialty coffee of some sort?  An experiment in quilting, of course!

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What to do with way too many brown and red 2 1/2″ squares?  I’ve always wanted to construct an Irish Chain.  Straight forward is not my style.  The idea formed to combine a double and a triple Irish Chain. The result was some interesting secondary patterns.  dsc_0282-3

The use of a so many colours makes the contrast  a little difficult to discern.  On the right is a grey scale copy that shows the pattern a little better.  If you squint to look will be even more noticeable.  It give me the urge to make another one.  Bigger, better.

There are many of my favourite fabrics in this project.  Upon completion it found a permanent home on my bed.  It makes me happy.  Mood adjustment, I fall asleep feeling better, and wake up comforted by loveliness.

    But come on, all of you, try again!
    I will not find a wise man among you.
     My days have passed, my plans are shattered.  Job 17:10-11

Strawberry Jelly


It only took two years.  I began this quilt in March 1014.  I’ve had all the material necessary to complete it, other stuff just kept getting in the way.  The Quilty Guilt is back up and running and this was a rather large project for a domestic machine, the blame could be assigned there.  I’m glad I am one UFO closer to reaching this year’s goal to clean all of them up.  Mostly it’s quilting tops, I have only three or four partically cut and planned.  I’m getting better.

Pink is not my colour.  I love some of the fabrics in this, and it turned out quite nice.  I have a dear friend who will love it.  I’ll try to get it in the mail the beginning of next week.  It should arrive close to her birthday.  Maybe she will stop begging now.  Hahaha.

John 11:44 – The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Church Ladies


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We have a group in our congregation called Sunshine Friends, that is similar to a Secret Santa, but lasts all year.  We send cards on anniversaries, birthdays, and give a gift at Christmas.  My Sunshine Friend this year is a member of the choir and convenor of the Worship Committee.  I found this fabric called ‘Church Ladies’ and did up a wall hanging for her.  She loved it, but didn’t hang it drapping it instead over her piano bench.  Very simple pattern and then quilted by stitching in the ditch.

And Two Shall Become One


Yesterday was the first wedding I officiated in my new congregation.  It was a long and lovely day.  The bride looked beautiful, the groom handsome, and both, very nervous.  Both are quite shy, hating to be the centre of attention.  Their vows were barely a whisper.  They got through it and the second highlight was the piper leading them out of the church.
I had been working with them towards this point for over a year.  It gave me time to sew them a quilt as a wedding gift.
I designed it with two different blocks, Bridal Path and Honeymoon, using the colours they chose for the wedding.  Repeating hearts was a theme through their engagement, only made sense to quilt it with hearts.  The Quilty Guilt did a lovely job.DSC_0867DSC_0869DSC_08641 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

All the Pretty Little Horses


DSC_0576This Christmas past I gave my son and his partner a gift certificate for a restaurant in my home town.  It was a bribe, pure and simple.  We live over two hours away from them.  Naturally they would need someone to watch my granddaughter and I would be the most logical candidate!  Worked like a charm.
A couple months ago they indicated they were coming up for dinner and a concert and asked if they could stay with us. Absolutely!  AND, then suggested we all go to the zoo the next day.  Coincidentally I had come across a pattern in Quilty magazine my granddaughter would LOVE.  I dropped all my other projects and started right away.  I had a charm pack which came as a free bonus with an order I had placed.  Just in case I also ordered three yards of cream from the same line.  The 5″ squares needed a little tweeking, all the horse tails have a seam, but otherwise it was exactly the right amount for each pony.  I changed the sashing so each horse was set apart.  I used all the scraps for the border and to make four patches in the sashing.  Just like my granddaughter it is sooooo cute!
Her mom has sung the lullaby “All the pretty little horses” to her almost every day since she was born.  This was the first project I was actually giddy with delight as I sewed it up.  It turned out perfect.  I quilted it by stitching in the ditch and FMQ’d some of the lines from the lullaby on the sashing.
This past week they drove up, dropped off my 2 1/2 year old sweet heart.  She loved the quilt, so horse crazy.  It was a fabulous couple days, enjoyed every second of it.  Such a blessing.
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The zoo visit was so much fun, especially the polar bears.  I miss her already.

Zechariah 1:8   In the night I saw a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.