Monday, August 24, 2015

BRAT Quilt along block #8

I am late.  I would like to have an incredible excuse of off fighting dragons and beasts, but the reality is I have been just so hectic these last few months that I honestly forgot to get the new block posted.  I am sorry for the delay.

In any case, I have been thinking about my Dad a lot in the last couple of months.  I have taken over a new role at work and the wise words of my Dad keep popping into my mind and I make decisions.  He was my hero growing up and I thought he was the most wonderful leader of people.  My Dad knew how to lead and he knew how to make people want to follow him.  I always wanted to be just like him.

My dad was proud of his heritage and he was proud of the Air Force Security Police heritage he embodied.  His most repeated mantra was " a commander always takes care of his troops."  He lived those words.  I can remember many times when he was thrown into the ring with other officers senior to himself and he would not give an inch if he was backing his troops.  But then, again, his troops backed him.  That is the kind of leader I have looked up to and would hope to be one day.

In memory of my Dad, Colonel Russell L. Daisley, I am making a block for him.  This month the block is the Lemoyne Star.  My Dad's middle name was Lemoyne.....appropriate :)


You need:


Background:  (4) 3 1/2 inch squares

(4) 3 7/8 squares

Color 1 (Red): (4) 3 7/8 squares

Color 2 (blue): (4) 3 7/8 squares


Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
borders:

  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 

You will make the following segments:

1.  Use the 3 7/8 squares to make HST in the following combinations:

  1. background/blue
  2. background/red
  3. red/blue









Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:

 

This is the finished main block.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Military BRAT quilt along Block #7

July is an important month for military Brats.  It is a patriotic month, filled with flags and celebration.  I did my part for July by giving birth to my middle daughter on the Fourth of July.  She was about 6 before she realized the fireworks were not for her!!

As the child of the military we looked forward to the base fireworks display.....no matter where in the world we were.  We all know every word to God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.   We all know every word to the National Anthem.  And we all cover our hearts when the National Anthem is played.  Looking the the flag and hearing the song reminded us of the price of freedom.  After all, our parents wrote a blank check to this country.

I am sure is like that in every nation, regardless of the military.

So this month, we have our flag in out block.

You need:



Background:  (4) 3 1/2 inch squares

(4) 3 7/8 squares

Color 1 (Red): (2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 (1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2

Color 2 (blue):3 1/2 inch square
Color 3 (black);  (4) 3 7/8 inch squares


Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
borders:

  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 

You will make the following segments:

1.  Use the 3 7/8 squares to make HST for the star portion, then make the center flag:










Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:


This is the finished main block.






Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new toy

For years I have wanted a quilting machine.  I do not remember a time when I didn't.  Finally, I was able to get a small, home quilting machine and I am thrilled.  We set it up (as in my sweetie and the mouse in his pocket) last weekend and I am ready to go.  I still have a lot to learn as this is all new to me, but I am confident I will eventually get there.

To get the ball rolling I tried practicing on scrap pieces.  Once I had the feel of the stitching, I mustered my faith to load a real quilt project on it.  Since my skills are rudimentary, at best, I am trying out simple swirls and loops.  As time goes on, I will venture into more complex patterns.

I can't wait for this weekend to try more.  This is the first weekend in a long time where I have not been sick or out of town.  WooHoo!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Leader and Ender update

My current leader and ender is coming along faster that I thought it would.  In fact, it is about a third of the way done already.  I have not even been doing that much sewing!  I plan to add two more rows of the braids and then the borders.

For the borders, I am still up in the air.  I think I will do something more than just plain brown, but have not decided what.  Either way, I really like how it is turning out.

It has been hard to get sewing time in of late.   My oldest daughter and granddaughter came for a six week visit.  I am not used to having a 20 month old running around the house.  This little one has one speed:  FAST!  She literally runs until she drops.  Oma is exhausted :)  But she is so fun.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Military BRAT quilt along block #6 and a winner

First of all I must apologize for the delay posting this block.  I am finally on the mend.  I will say that cold kicked my behind.

Next, I need to post the winner of the drawing.  It is the first block posted which is Sandie.  Please email me at cditz42607@aol.com and I will make sure you get your prize.  Congrats to you :)

I wanted to add a block that reflects the icon most military brats have adopted.  It is a flower.  A dandelion, to be precise.  We are like the dandiloin.  We are thrown to the winds and we sprout where we land.  We have to have that level of resilience since we move all the time.  We have to find new friends and make new connections.  It is a part of who we are.

Our block this month is pretty simple.

You need:



Background:  (20) 2 1/2 inch squares

(2) 2 7/8 squares

Color 1 (Red): (4) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 (4) 2 1/2 x 6 1/2

Color 2 (blue):(4) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 (2) 2 7/8 squares


Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
borders:

  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 

You will make the following segments:









Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:


This is the finished main block.




 This is the finished alternate block.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Military Brat quilt along block #6

This has been a very difficult couple of weeks and so I do not have the next block ready to post. 

The beginning of June is very difficult as my husband passed away on June 5.  It is always a hard time for me.  This year was not as bad as some other years, but I have a really hard time getting motivated.  In addition, I have been felled by the flu for a week now.  Long story short, I have not had the energy to make the block.  I have the design chosen, but not completed.

That said, I will have the block done and posted this weekend.  If you do not want to wait, please make your favorite 12 inch star block and use it for Block #6.  I cannot apologize enough, but I am just human.

In the comments add a link to your Block #5 (May) and I will draw a winner for the prize on June 22.

The prize this month is a $25 gift certificate to the online fabric shop of your choice :).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Block #4 Winner

First, I would like to thank everyone for the kind words about the recent loss in our family.  It was much appreciated.  Of the comments, there were four blocks posted so.....

Yes we have a winner!!!    JUDY!  Please email me at cditz42607@aol.com and I will get your prize to you. 

This month our prize is a $25 gift certificate to fabric.com.  I have found so many excellent fabrics there and I hope you do as well.