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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Any ideas?????... you know you do!

Do you have a block exchange in mind?  
Please leave a comment or email me with your ideas and suggestions. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Christmas Exchange

Melissa organized a super cool block exchange for a Christmas quilt.  Check out how cute the blocks turned out.

Hmmm... who will be the 1st to put their quilt together???

I can't wait to see these blocks made up in a quilt!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The blocks are in!

We met last night at Melissa's house to exchange our leaf blocks. Eight of the people in the exchange were from out of State so there were only twelve of us that actually met in person.

It was great to see everyone and come home with such beautiful fall blocks.
Several people showed off their completed Civil War quilts (the photos are posted under Civil War).

Melissa will be hosting the next exchange. It will be a red, white and blue quilt.
Check back for more info in about a week.

Here are photos of some of the quilts that have been made up:

Thursday, February 28, 2008

It is time for another block exchange.

The theme is falling leaves.

I will provide you with a pattern of a leaf, it will be pieced (not appliqué or paper pieced).

The rules will be stated when the patterns are distributed, but I want to tell you that this is going to be a fairly easy block. You have 2 weeks to respond to join this exchange, the deadline will be March 15th. After that I will send you all a pattern and the rules for this exchange.

You will have at least 3 months to complete your project. I am excited to be doing another exchange with all of you.

If you are intrested please email with your name and address.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Help serve those that serve for us!

This is a great opportunity for us to serve and teach our kids about service.

Linda is a woman in the DC area that makes flag quilts each year for the wounded solders at Walter Reed Hospital. She along with other volunteers make about 100 quilts a year and then deliver 23-30 quilts at a time to the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed for Christmas, Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran's Day. The quilts are backed in muslin so that those who made it can write notes to the solder.

Before I go on I have to say that when my husband spent 6 weeks at Walter Reed (taking a class) he commented many times about how many young solders he saw with their families and how seriously injured they were. These young men literally sacrificed their health and limbs for our country and their lives are forever changed. This is just a small way to tell them and their family that we appreciate their sacrifice and service.

What a great opportunity to make one of these flags as a family and teach your kids about our America, service and of course sewing. If you are a teacher you could take the flag to your class and have all the kids sign it. If you are LDS, this is a great project for the Young Women or Activity days. You could do this as a service project with your quilt group.

Once you have completed your flag(s), please email a photo to, and I will email you Linda's address to mail the quilt to. Please attach a paper with your name and address to each quilt so she can mail you a photo of the solder that received your quilt along with any other information. I will be posting the photos of the quilts you email me on this blog.

If you do not have any sewing material and need to purchase everything (fabric, thread, batting ect) and nothing is on sale, it will cost about $22.00 to make. Joanns and Handcocks always have sales and coupons so it will probably be less then $22.

Directions for American Flag Quilt for Wounded Soldiers, finished size approx. 41" x 57"

Fabric requirements:

Red 1/2 yard Cut 7 - 2 inch strips

White 1/2 yard Cut 6 - 2 inch strips

Dark Blue Stars 1/3 yard Cut one rectangle 11" x 15 3/4"

Inner Border (Brown) 1/2 yard Cut 3 - 3 1/2" strips

Corner Posts (Gold) 1/4 yard Cut 4 - 3 1/2" squares

Outer Border (Blue) 1 yard Cut 4 - 8" strips

Binding (Gold) 1/3 yard Cut 6 - 2" strips

Backing One piece of muslin washed and cut to 44" x 60"

Batting Warm and natural cotton cut to approx. 44" x 60" or at least 2" larger on each

side of the finished quilt top.


Sew 3 red 2" strips and 3 white 2"strips to each other, alternating colors and press. Cut this strip set to be 36 3/4" wide. Sew remaining 7 white and red strips together, beginning with red and alternating white and ending with red. Press. Sew dark blue star rectangle to this strip set and press. Cut the extra red and white strips so the blue stars and red and white stripes measures 36 3/4" wide. Sew this strip set to the top of the striped set and press. Flag should measure 19 1/2" high x 36 3/4" wide.

Measure your flag quilt and then trim 2 of your inner border strips to be 1/2" longer than the width of your flag and then cut 2 pieces each measuring 1/2" longer than the height of your flag. Sew 2 or your corner posts to each end of your shorter inner border strips and press. Sew longer inner border strips to top and bottom of flag and press. Then sew 2 shorter border strips with posts to the sides of the quilt and press.

Measure your flag with the inner border and strips and use the same process to cut and attach the wider outer border strips to the quilt.

Layer the backing, batting and top together and machine or hand quilt. Sew binding strips together and sew binding to quilt.

November 11th is Veteran day, It would be great if we could all have our quilts mailed to Linda by November 1st. If that's too fast for you then try to get it to her by December 15th so they can deliver them for Christmas.

The Civil War exchange

We finally got together to exchange our Civil war blocks and it was worth the wait. Here is a list of everyone that participated and what block they did. Starting with the back row, left to right:

Theressa (Star), Pam (Bow tie), Laurie W. (Nine patch), Sue (Drunkards flower), Melissa (Cross roads), Becky (Flying Geese), Margaret (Wagon wheel), Sheila (Pinwheel variation), Lisa (Shoo fly), Chanel (Log cabin), Jackie (Yankee puzzle), Lauree G. (Birds in the air), Jo Dy (Bear paw), Jill (Rail fence), Laurie L. (Pinwheel), Chloe (Drunkards path), Suzie (Union square).
Not pictured Jenny (Jacob's ladder) on Chanel's lap. Barbara (Bear paw variation) on Jackie's left shoulder. Suzanne (Butter churn) on Jackie's right shoulder.

A Huge thank you to Laurie G. for organizing this exchange and educating us about Civil war history.

Thank you to Becky for letting us meet at her house and drape all her furniture with quilts!

Here are the quilts that have been completed!

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