Monday, April 20, 2015

Hi!  I do hope everyone is well.   I said I would post the Charity Quilt for Saint Jude.   Here is the 
Link:  It is the Snapshots Quilt Along Kit, featuring Daysail by Bonnie and Camille.   The Link for the You Tube Patterns:  Then search for
Quilt Alongs - Snapshots, Wishes and Deck-ade.  They are asking a $5.00 donations for each download of the patterns.
I will post #3 and #4 this afternoon.  Let me know what you think.
Learning the Cuts - For Cake

Did I make the Corners right?

Good Enough to Eat

Singer One Plus sewing a Singer?  Well, I say it is a Singer.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I know! It has been a long road!
Loosing Ms Patches, sewing my first Quilts since childhood.  Oh, Yes! Definitely, there are errors.  So, My Quilts sent Over There ( Over Seas) from one person; Sherrie P. Roberts,  work and dedication to lessons learned and new lessons acquired.

I was not expecting Chewbacca!  Yes, I have ton of photos and Great stories.   Just the shock of getting Chewbacca set my Physical health back several months.  Stress is not good for Blood Pressure or a person trying to level their Essential minerals and keep them in line.  Yes, a medicine Kicked my Butt!  Technically, Ms Patches should have buried me.

Well, Ms Patches,  She slept on my head and would pat me with Her Paws on my Eyes.  I guess it was all she could do to keep me going.  It worked.

No, I did not stop sewing or quilting or drawing or photography, I have just not been able to write about it all that has gone on.   I still see Ms Patches in the house.  Out of the corner of my Eye- A glimpse  of the that wonderful tell, that Beautiful face, actually feel Her rub my bare leg.   Her presence will always be with me. 

Well, now!  There is Chewbacca! The designer Dog!  Yes,  He is a Cavachon,  Half Bichon Frise and half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.   Total surprise and shock.  I did not want anyone left at home alone!  Now, Chewbacca, is left alone while I go to the store.   Tried that crate.  Ha!  He just went berserk.  Just banging on the cage door.  He now stays in the whole bedroom.

My Chewbacca!  Lots of loving blankets and the last quilt I made.  It Sue Bonnet printed fabric.  The last fabric I have been in a store to purchase, except Wal-Mart.   It was from a Hancock's Store.

Well, Here is a couple of photos of a BOM  I have been doing.   All that is required is to finish the Trim and backing and put the batting sandwich together baste and Quilt.   Let me know what you think .
This is the  Civil War Peace and Unity Quilt.   You make the connecting blocks the first month.  Which I did.  Or can do one at a time as you stitch each block together.  I think I have done well.
Yes, there are tons of errors.   The easiest part has been sewing the blocks to the connecting blocks as I finished each one.   The most confusing part, was that the original photo the first block at the bottom and then for the Finishing illustration - turning the photo the opposite. 
I love all my blocks and the error too!

I think I have done well!  I was taught only very simple design.  No Flying Geese!  No HSTs.  No SS, Square in a Square.

Well, enough for today!  I will not miss posting in my blog anymore.

Will be back later with photos of the Saint Jude Charity Quilt and the Secrets and Shadows.  I will also discuss my Son's Quilt of Honor.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A short update on the Quilts to Afghanistan.  The photo shows it all.
                                                                  The Presentation!


I am glad it has its New Home,  Somewhere Over There!
Now there are things to do.
I have spoken to my son about his Quilt of Valor.  These Quilts were His idea.
I hope he is proud of them.   Unfortunately, He was not there to help with the Presentation.

His Quilt of Valor will be a different take on Quilts of Valor and He is making stay in the parameters
of this Wars Campaigns!
Fabric has been ordered, for first attempts.   I have ordered some Northcott Stonehenge, the main fabric used in the Quilts sent overseas.   The back of the Quilt.  Uhmmm!   all mine?  Maybe not!

I do hope the Quilt with The Patch is enjoyed for many years to come.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Quilts arrived in To Afghanistan!  Here is a photo of the Quilt with Patch!

Quilt with Patch - Conference Room
I have been told the Quilts were well received.
Hoping!  Fingers Crossed.

My work studio is the Apartment, the Coffee Table, my bedroom that has a table too!
My Singer One Plus sets on an Outdoor Table 60 inches Round.  Singer is the sewing machine I first learned to sew on, as a small child.

I want to Thank all the stores involved with helping me with the Rules of Quilting, Lessons learned a long time ago, and the new Modern Lessons of Quilting!  Fabric and Thread and Cutting
and Ironing of these Quilts.

Old lessons remembered,  New ones learned from all the Great Teachers at (
The Missouri Star Quilt Store, ( Fat Quarter Shop (, Jo-Ann Fabrics ( and yes, Walmart the only Brick and Mortar Store.   Red Rock Thread ( for all of the Thread.
YLI, 40wt Variegated was the dominate thread used.  Gutermann, Presencia and Coats and Clark.
I would like to thank Fiskars(, for my Rotary cutters, and mats.
GE and Hamilton Beach for my Retractable cord Irons.
The Dominate Fabric used in Both Quilts:  Northcott, Stonehenge, Moda, the only pre-cut used, "Shades of Black" mini charm pack, Kona, the rich Brown binding.

The Patch is basically the Fabric from Jo-Ann's Fabrics- 100% cotton, Stonehenge is the brilliant yellow Chevrons and the Crown. The Camouflage with the Tanker is actually BDU uniform from the Soldier that requested the Quilts, My Son Maj. Killaurin Roberts.  Stonehenge Metallic is the fabric surrounding the Patch the Black, Red and Green.   All Thread used on the Patch Writing is YLI, 40wt. variegated.  A very scary project for me.

I do need to Thank, Darlene of HSN for encouraging me to go for with my Singer One Plus sewing machine.   It was back in June of 2013 when these quilts were considered.
I did not have a sewing machine.  I did not know what machine to choose and somehow, my computer went to HSN.  There was a Singer Special - "Singer One Plus" with major Accessories package.
This was just a phenomenal  accident with my computer.  I had not been on the HSN website since trying to locate a White Christmas Tree.   I true blessing if ever there was one.   Now, I just need the Singer Futura Quintet to set next to my Singer One Plus for the dynamic duo to just go Crazy.

Another Group I must Thank:  United States Postal Service and  United Parcel Service.  From the delivery of the "Singer One Plus", to each package of Fabric, Thread, Fiskar Cutters and Mats to Ultimate delivery to Afghanistan.  Thank-you.

I hope that any and all that are part of the Military Family, Will understand with each cut, each stitch, each rip out, each correction, each artistic thought, every time I touched these Quilts, It was for your Valor over all these years.  You have as always given Us the best of your Lives.  The Return is not measurable.

It would the last big Project for Ms Patches and I.  She kept me going!  She loved being on the Porch in the Sun with the Fabric being Hung to Dry in the Wonderful Fragrance of the Great North Atlantic Ocean.  Only Sea Salt smells so fresh and inviting that it insist you travel far.
It was a pleasure to make these two Quilts.

I will also say, that my Sons surprised me with a Dog on my Birthday!  A Cavachon.  It is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise.
His name is :  Chewbacca, Ms Patches last chosen stuffed toy was for Halloween and it was Petco's Star Wars Toys.  She knew.
Now, the next Campaign of the Quilts!  The Story Continues.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ok sometimes in an Apartment,  only the floor can give a first look at a piece.
This is the third cutting of the Patch!  The Blue was not dark enough!
So this got used in pieces.  
This Patch is Removal from the Quilt! 
Well, not to Happy with my Version!  Maybe I should take the Patch with me. 
I worked hard on this.  I have no familiarity with the language. Over the years, I have asked teachers with relatives from these areas.  I have even worked with people from some of the countries.  They all have said the same thing --- Forget it's too hard.   Then the next words - English toughest language to learn.   Well?    I have no answer.  I worked hard on the sewing of the words.  Practiced too.  
Maybe I will make another Patch Just for me and take my time with each piece. 

I do hope they think it is at least Ok! 
Next the My Quilt and the My Bags for etsy Shop.