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This week I’ve been sewing Patriotic fabric string blocks.  I couldn’t decide whether I liked the Bright Red centres or the Dark Red centres better, so I’m making both.  The blocks look a bit wonky right now because they haven’t been trimmed down to their proper size of 9.5 inches yet.

Bright Red:

Dark Red:

My red-white-and-blue string bin is overflowing with scraps left over from the pillowcases and my first Patriotic string quilt, so I’m sure I have plenty of fabric for two quilts!  Or more.   😉  I keep thinking this fabric is nearly used up, but it just seems to multiply overnight.   I guess it’s deceptive how much yardage is really there when it’s cut into narrow strips.

These are HeartStrings quilts, and when completed, they will go to Alycia in Colorado for the No Soldier Forgotten Quilts of Valor project.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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We are three days into the New Year, and I am already in the negative column in my Stash Report!  😉

But I haven’t thrown caution to the winds  — I am planning ahead with my purchases.

The red polka dot is going into a Soldier quilt for Alycia’s No Soldier Forgotten project, which will be one of my HeartStrings projects this year.

The turquoise is for my older daughter’s birthday quilt, and the plum, violet and green are all for UFOs that I plan to finish this year.

I have also mail-ordered some other fabrics, but they haven’t arrived yet — the white muslin for the turquoise quilt, and a few other things that I already have specific plans for.   I hope that is “smart buying.”  🙂

My total fabric bought is 2.5 metres, which translates to about 2.75 yards.  I haven’t done any real sewing this week, but I am hoping to make a start on something this afternoon!  Got that design wall to think about for tomorrow!

Week 1 Stash Report

  • Bought Year-to-Date:  2.75 yards
  • Used Year-to-Date:  0

To read about other quilters’ Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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Several people have written to me with kind words and interest in the “Harvest Festival” quilt top that I made and donated to Quilts of Valor-UK, so I thought I would explain the history of that top and provide some links for similar patterns.

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I actually started this top about seven or eight years ago.  When the QOV-UK lady said she was coming to my area sooner than expected, I had to get something ready for her very quickly, so I pulled this quilt top out of my UFO cupboard.

Most of the focus fabric came from a Benartex charm pack from many years ago and included country-style prints of apples and some plaids in various colourways.  I also used some stash fabric that complemented the mix — some orange to represent pumpkins, purple for aubergines (eggplants), and a variety of greens.

The blocks were paper-pieced, and they came from the original version of the Foundation Factory software.  The pattern is “Corn and Beans No. 3,” and the blocks were 4 inches square.  I needed a block that only used a small quantity of focus fabric because the charms were only 5 inches square.  That’s why this is such a brilliant pattern for using up scraps.  The background fabric is an assortment of cream-on-cream scraps from stash.

When I had lots of blocks made up, I just moved them around until I found a pleasing arrangement.  The borders are plain strips, and the colours are supposed to represent green cornfields and “amber waves of  grain.”

I have found some patterns on the Internet to share with you:

Dawn Duperault has a similar paper-pieced block called Hen and Chickens that you can print out.

Marcia Hohn at The Quilter’s Cache has a nice pattern for a larger Corn and Beans block, and the outer corner elements are the same as the block I used.  Her pattern is done by traditional piecing with some nifty cutting shortcuts, and her instructions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow.

Easy Quilting has a lovely pattern here which uses traditional templates, and Sally Schneider has a similar pattern called “Mary’s Triangles” that she teaches in classes.

I miss that quilt now that it’s gone.  Maybe it’s time to make another one!

Happy Sewing!  🙂

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We had a lovely summer holiday visiting my husband’s family near London.   I took my Singer 221K (Featherweight) with me to sew in the evenings while the others were watching TV, and I got a good start on a blue and white Log Cabin quilt to donate to Alycia for the Quilts of Valor project.

My beautiful Featherweight was manufactured in 1956 at the Kilbowie Factory in Clydebank, Scotland.  She is called “Rosalie,” after my great-grandmother.   I bought her several years ago from my local sewing machine repairman, and she sews a perfect stitch!

Rosalie Featherweight

Now that I’m sewing again, I’d like to start keeping track of my Stash Report  again…if my group hasn’t kicked me out, that is!  😉  I haven’t  bought any new fabric, but I have used a lot of blue strings from my scrap bins!

Happy Sewing!

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I have many irons in the fire this week.

Quilt as You Go blocks for Jan’s Australian Bush Fire quilt project:

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Jan has a two-part tutorial on how to make these blocks with strings and scrap pieces of batting: (more…)

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Today I met with the coordinator of the Quilts of Valor-UK project and delivered the two quilt tops described in my blog on Sunday.  The coordinator, Jean Morris, was very pleased with the quilts, and I felt so happy to help with such an important mission.  We had a nice cup of coffee and a good long chat.  It was lots of fun to meet another (more…)

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I have four Quilts of Valor tops ready for donation on Monday.

These two are going to the QOV-UK group.

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The UK coordinator lives hundreds of miles away in another part of the United Kingdom, but she is going to be in my area tomorrow visiting relatives so we have arranged to meet for coffee and (more…)

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