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June 3, 2019
Sampler Quilt of Valor from From My Carolina Home

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.

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Ah, look at that, perfectly measured and sewn borders.

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I quilted it with red Glide thread with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

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The pantograph is Fascination, one I use a lot.

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When I ran out of bobbin thread in the middle of a row, I thought I would show you how I take care of that.  I tie off ...

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May 14, 2019
Quilts of Valor from My Sewing Room

A sub-group of us from the local guild formed a Quilts of Valor group  (Prairie Winds Quilters) last winter, and we've been working on quilts made from blocks donated by members of the whole guild.  We've done a couple of quilts already made from the Garlic Knot blocks but knew we had enough to make at least one more.  A couple of weeks ago we tried to have a "sew day" in the morning before our guild meeting. But no one was able to come.  Last Friday was another attempt to sew during an open classroom day at ...

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May 1, 2019
Patriotic Celestial Star Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Patriotic and Paper Pieced Paper piecing isn’t all that bad! It seems to be everywhere, and although I’ve foundation paper pieced in the past, I didn’t love it. That disposition has...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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November 10, 2018
Quilts of Valor, Veterans Day Awards from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

This morning, our guild awarded Quilts of Valor during a Veterans Day Program at the Civic Center.  My quilts were made using the Red and Blue Blocks, and a few of yellow/gold blocks,  from the 2018 Rainbow Challenge.  "Freedom Flyer" used four-patch/nine-patch blocks and framed double half square triangles.  Finished size appx. 59" X 77". (2018 Quilt of Valor #2; 2018 Rainbow Challenge #1)

Due to the response, I think next year I will be making Red/White/Blue Blocks all year long.  The nominated veterans receiving the quilts were so surprised....only their family knew of the ...

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September 29, 2018
Rainbow Challenge - Dark Blue and QOV from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

The album blocks in dark blue are DARK!  They nest nicely with the red album blocks from a few months ago, as did the blocks below.  My B'Box (Box of Blocks) is starting to overflow; which is why I am starting to pull them out and play.

"Freedom Flying" will be donated as a Quilt of Valor:  The framing of the double HST has completely changed the look -- I tried twisting and alternating the double HST and still came back to them facing in all one direction.  I can see this representing military planes flying.  

Linking with So Scrappy ...

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September 22, 2018
Dark Blue Stars, B'Box Quilt Top from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

This week, I finished the dark blue stars. As fall approaches (even though it is still in the 90's down in south Louisiana), I am preparing for the assembly of charity quilts, pattern samples, gifts and quilted decorations. 

Its also time to start pulling from my overflowing B'Box (a box of blocks).  Boys and girls have their Box of LEGO Blocks, quilters have their B'Box(es).  Randomly pulling and playing with blocks from a variety of shapes and colors is so satisfying ..... and sometimes .... those blocks never make it back into the B'Box.  

From the B ...

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July 8, 2018
Old Glory Tutorial from My Quilt Infatuation

After many requests for a pattern for my Old Glory quilt, I decided to put together a little tutorial for it.  Because structured improvisation is included in my book in great detail, I am only including basic instructions for the components and layout for the quilt using solid color representation for the blocks.  If you want to make this quilt using your scraps with improv as shown, check out my book, Stash Statement, for three different easy methods!

This quilt is actually pretty simple in its design.  It only uses two classic quilt blocks, the half square triangle (HST) and ...

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June 1, 2018
Quilt of Valor, Stars Over Scott from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

Back in 2011, I designed "Stars Over Scott" as a way to use up Half Square Triangles -- there are 168 HSTs in this top, nothing else.  The Top comes together easily and when a call comes in for an Emergency Quilt of Valor, it is a great "Go-To" pattern.

Finished Size:  72" X 84" (used 6 1/2" HSTs)

Every so often, I will search Google, or Pinterest and find a new "Stars Over Scott" someone else has made.  It doesn't matter what size HST you use, the results are always the same.  The above version is without a ...

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May 30, 2018
Scrap Control Update and Quilt of Valor from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

The 2 1/2" strip scrap bin is still full .... as I have only added 3 more blocks. As soon as possible, I will pull out all of the long strips (brights only) and start matching them up into strip sets. 

The Quilt Of Valor below that has taken over the sewing room, was loaded on the long arm, basted, then quilted.  I used my pattern "Stars Over Scott", for a quick finish. Once the binding and label is done, it will be off to California for a young veteran, whose service we are so thankful for. 

The "Stars Over ...

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May 8, 2018
A new guild project from My Sewing Room

Our guild had a sewing day on Saturday morning before our meeting. This Quilt of Valor top is the result, and we accomplished it in less than 3 hours.  The blocks were already made, but we added a narrow border on a few to make them all 12.5" square.
Ruby and Pam sewed like crazy, while Carmen pressed. I cut sashing and cornerstones, and the block borders.  We had enough Garlic Knot blocks to finish another QOV, and start one more. Carmen pressed a lot of Garlic Knot blocks too.  But with such a small group working we just ...

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April 18, 2018
Quilts of Valor building blocks from My Sewing Room

One of our long time members is downsizing and she gave more than 20 gorgeous patriotic blocks to the guild to use in a future Quilt of Valor.  There are some really amazing blocks in this collection.  I was told that they were from a block exchange.  All I can say is "Wow - and thank you Mary!"

 And I've made 4 blocks (so far) to add to that mix.  While I'm digging in those red, white, and blue scraps and stash I may make a few more.

We are having a Quilt of Valor work session the morning ...

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April 9, 2018
Design Wall Monday - Patriotic blocks from My Sewing Room

Quilts of Valor have been on my mind lately, with lots of time checking them out on Pinterest and on blogs that I read. 

At our guild meeting this weekend, one of our members donated several beautiful patriotic blocks to use for future Quilts of Valor.  The blocks were not all the exact same size or shape and were from a block exchange she had been involved in.  We are having a QOV sewing session the morning of our May guild meeting. So we'll figure out a layout to use those blocks that day. I'm thinking a nice ...

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March 20, 2018
A Quilt of Valor flimsy from My Sewing Room

I have the flimsy done for this Quilt of Valor, way more quickly than I expected.  This is an adaptation of the Spotlight pattern by Mountainpeek Creations, which I've used before on a different panel.  I love the borders made up of a combination of pieced blocks and plain strips.  The original pattern used 9-patch blocks. But I felt that the stars would be more appropriate for this one.  I ended up only using 12 of the stars, so there are stars left to use somewhere else.

My husband left at noon on a business trip, and I went ...

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March 19, 2018
Working on a New UFO from My Sewing Room

I was looking at my UFO list yesterday, and decided that I just wasn't "feeling it" for the next item on my list for this month. It's an autumn themed churn dash quilt and it's just the wrong time of year to feel excited about autumn fabrics. So I decided to simply pull another UFO out instead.

This week I had bought some red and blue yardage to finish this patriotic panel. So it was the ideal next project.

I've added a red inner border around the panel so far, and have 7 red/cream/blue ...

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February 7, 2018
Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting * February from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Monday the Cotton Quilters held their February meeting. We began promptly at 1 p.m. (I hate when meetings begin late.)

Counting out their yoyos? Or giving up half?

Remember the Great Yoyo Race? Well, it didn't fly as far as I'd have liked. We did count yoyos and one member had 250! In one month of yoyo making. I think she used child labor, but there is no proof, of course. Since I was using husband labor, I guess I can't complain.

Oh no, we're not talking during a meeting. We'd never do ...

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December 4, 2017
Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars from From My Carolina Home

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine ...

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November 29, 2017
Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting from From My Carolina Home

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build ...

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September 8, 2017
Quilt of Valor Four Patch from From My Carolina Home

Moving to the next Quilt of Valor, this one was a four patch design, alternating with printed large squares, and a red border. It had a masculine look to it, so I decided to use a pantograph called Tiger Swirl on it. The points have a flame-like feel, meant to be like a tiger’s stripes, with curved lines.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Folding it up to check the borders, there was a little bit extra but not too bad. You can see how the outer edge of the red angles just a bit downward at the edge compared to the joining seam on ...

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