Retreat Quilt and a Batting Review

On our recent retreat at Febuary Hill, one of the days was spent working on another Quilt of Valor.  I had enough stars left from you, dear readers, to do another To The Nines pattern.  All I needed to do was to make some nine-patches.  I had cut squares and brought them with me, this …

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Sewing “To The Nines” for Quilts of Valor

Our sewing day for Quilts of Valor was a fun day of hard work by a small group of very motivated sewing enthusiasts.  We set up the night before, with the door prizes displayed, refreshment table set with nice decorations, patriotic quilts on the walls, wool batting sample gifts for participants set out, and information …

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Quilts Of Valor Sew Day is Tomorrow

Checking the mail this week has been fun, with wonderful blocks arriving for the National Sew Day.  Tomorrow, From My Carolina Home is hosting a Quilts of Valor Sew-In at Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville, NC, an all day event to make blocks and tops for Quilts of Valor.  We'll have refreshments, and hourly door …

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QOV Free Pattern – To The Nines

I have designed an original pattern for Quilts of Valor that I am calling To The Nines. "To the nines" is an English idiom meaning "to perfection" or "to the highest degree" or to dress "buoyantly and high class" (Wikipedia).  Certainly, this applies to our veterans. The design is simple, a variable star with nine …

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Taking a Quilting Class

Whether you are a quilter, sewist, home cook or amateur gardener, do you like taking classes?  I certainly do!  I always learn something new, and I get to have a whole day of sewing with friends, and meeting new friends.  Even better when it is taught by friends!  This quilting class was actually a bit …

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A Live Blog Event is Coming for Quilts of Valor!!

Save the date, Saturday February 1, for a first time LIVE blog event, with lots of ways for you to participate whether you are local to Western NC or live elsewhere.  From My Carolina Home is hosting a Quilts of Valor Sew-In at Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville, NC, an all day event to make …

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Quilting the Quilt of Valor

When we left this Quilt of Valor, it had the sashing finished and border added to bring it up to the right size.  If you missed the first post showing the block and how it was made, click on Quilt of Valor. It was loaded on the longarm, and I chose a navy blue thread …

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Working on a Quilt of Valor

It is Veteran's Day weekend, time to honor our living veterans and thank them for their service.  One of the ways I do this is by participating in the Quilts of Valor organization.  In October, I went to a retreat and got a little farther on my Quilt of Valor that I started last February.  …

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A Quilt of Valor Presentation

Sometimes the stars align, and you get to do something incredibly special for a friend.  This happened last week, when I had the great honor of presenting a Quilt of Valor to a longtime quilting friend.  Bonnie Hartel was an Army Nurse during the Vietmam era, and served our country with pride and dignity.  I …

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Star Quilt of Valor

When quilting buddy Sheryl contacted me to see if I would do a Quilt of Valor for her, I immediately said yes.  She brought over a wonderful Double Friendship Star quilt, beautifully pieced with white sashing and a navy blue border. Ah, look at that, perfectly measured and sewn borders. I quilted it with red …

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