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I made a short trip to Bloomington IL today to get some muslin for the quilt backing and also to look for the fabric I am short on. I got the muslin (plus a few fat quarters I couldn’t resist) but I couldn’t find the navy blue fabric I needed. I kinda thought I wouldn’t be able to find it since it has been a few years since I first bought it.

So, now I have all I need to get that quilt top, batting, and backing basted so I can start quilting! That’s the best part. I struggle through the piecing but the hand quilting is like heaven….very therapeutic. I actually started hand quilting when my father died….I was 45 yrs old then. For some reason I had the strong urge to make a quilt while I was grieving. I have since heard of other women who started quilting when they had lost a loved one. I wonder exactly what the psychological explanation is for that? My mother never quilted. And I always admired quilts but I never wanted to make one because I never liked sitting still very long. I had lots of nervous energy to burn. But, anyway, for whatever reason I just had a burning desire to make a quilt. My husband was gone on a business trip at the time. I had some curtains (which I had made) that my husband did not like. So, while he was gone, I took down the curtains and cut them up and made a quilt out of them. It was an Irish Chain design, very easy to put together. It is one of the sorriest examples of a quilt that you have ever seen! But, you know, everybody in my family loves that quilt! I call it Dad’s quilt even though he was deceased when I made it because I really had him in my heart while I was making it. I still think of him whenever I see that quilt. My kids ask for that quilt when they are sick. They call it the “healing quilt” because they say it always makes them feel better. Here are a few pics of Daddy’s Quilt:

That is part of the story of why I started quilting. I plan to write a page on that later. Happy Quilting!

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Here’s the quilt top!

I finished putting this quilt top together last night and here are some pics of it. I didn’t have anyone to hold it up for me so I hung it on the headboard of my bed (made from old doors I found in the garage): The top sashing is not visible since it is folded over the top of the headboard.

Stars & Stripes Forever

For the pattern and instructions go to:

http://www.quickquilts.com/patriotic/pattern_103/

More pics:

I am still looking for 1/2 yd of the navy blue fabric to use for the binding.

Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background

Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background

Happy quilting!

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Quilt top is finished

The Stars & Stripes Forever quilt top is all together now. Here are some pics of the process:

Part of the pieces are laid out on the dining table

The rest of the pieces are laid out on the floor

I will post a pic of the completed quilt top tomorrow. It is smaller than I thought it would be. It is a good size throw. I thought it would be twin size, but that’s ok; we will probably use it more as a throw anyway.I still am looking for more of the star fabric for the binding:

Here is a picture of the fabric I need:

Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background
Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background

I have another quilt that I started to hand-piece about 10 years ago. I think I will finish it up on the sewing machine. It is a Jacob’s Ladder block. Some of you have probably seen me working on it from time to time.

Our Guild is going to make Christmas stockings for the troops so I will be working on that too. State Farm is collecting the stockings and will stuff them with Christmas goodies and ship them to our soldiers overseas.

I am trying to learn how to use Dreamweaver to create web pages and to revise web pages I have already made. Right now it seems very complicated. Maybe I need a “Dreamweaver for Dummies” book. I built my first web pages by using the “Web Pages for Dummies”.

Gotta get some sleep. More tomorrow.

Nighty-night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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I was able to get the quilt top partly put together today. I didn’t get any pictures though. Hopefully I will remember to take some pics tomorrow. Right now it is spread out on my dining room table and on the floor next to the table. I am short on the fabric I need to make the binding so I will have to see if I can find any of it. Maybe someone in the quilt guild will have some. I only need 1/2 yd.

Here is a picture of the fabric I need:

Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background

Multi-colored shooting stars on navy blue background

If anyone has any of this fabric please contact me. Thanks.

Good night.

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I have been working on the quilt top for the last few days, cutting, and sewing. There are 855 pieces to be sewn together to complete this top. Here are some photos of the process:

Directions for block construction

Directions for block construction

My Sewing machine

My Sewing machine

Log Cabin blocks in process

Log Cabin blocks in process

chain piecing

chain piecing

The blocks are all constructed now. The sashing is also finished. So now I just have to sew the rows together with the sashing in between. Maybe I can get that done tomorrow. If so I will post more pics then.

Thanks for visiting!

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Today I started working on a quilt to put on display at the Railsplitter Festival in September. The quilt guild I belong to, Quilters at Heart, has a quilt show every other year in conjunction with the Annual Abraham Lincoln Railsplitter Festival. This year the festival is all about celebrating the 200th year since Lincoln’s birth so many of the quilts we will be displaying will have a Lincoln theme. The quilt I am working on is made up of blocks called Lincoln Log Cabins. Here is a diagram of the design:

Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Forever

For directions on making this quilt go to:

http://www.quickquilts.com/patriotic/pattern_103/

I took a few pictures of the process of cutting the fabric with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat:

And a picture of some of the fabric after cutting:

It will be very patriotic looking with red, white, and blue fabric with different colored stars. I have been sewing the blocks together today. I will take pictures of the blocks in process and post them tomorrow. For now I am fixin’ to go to bed and get some z’s.

Night-Night!

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