Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finally a BOY

I have waited a LONG time for a boy in the family.  Between my guy and I we have four daughters and three granddaughters.  Now we love them all dearly, but we would like to see what it is like to have a boy in the family.  We are finally getting the chance.

My middle daughter will be giving us our grandson on Saturday.  Gavin will be the first boy on my side after three generations.  I am also one of three girls.  I just can't wait.  For the first time I actually got to make a blue baby quilt.  YAY!!

I used a Blake Riley fabric line with fishes all over and the embroidery designs are from Juju Designs.  It was just fun to make.  Now I just have to decide what the next quilt for him will be.

There was also enough scraps left over to make a Jelly Roll Jam.  I will say that if you need a quick and cute baby quilt, try Jelly Roll Jam.  The Fat Quarter Shop has the pattern on their site for free.  You can get two baby quilts out of one jelly roll.  Bonus!!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Holiday Spirit

I recently had an incredible experience.  A dear friend has a hospice dog.  She goes into Hospice once each week so they can share warmth and love among the patients.  While there she met a woman whose mother was passing away and they became friends.  The mother was a passionate sewer and had a large stash of fabric.  When the mother passed, the daughter asked my friend to give the fabric to me since they had discussed my love of quilting.  It was very bittersweet.

My friend mentioned that she would like to make quilts for Hospice one day (though she does not quilt) and I suggested we use the fabric given to me to do just that.  We ended up making 8 quilts that could be donated to Hospice in honor of the late patient who was so passionate about her craft. 

The quilts we made were very simple and fast.  We really wanted to make as many as we could.  They were simple 2.5 inch strips sewn together with borders.  

In this season we usually have open hearts and give deeply, but we are planning to make a quilt or two each month to donate as they were so welcomed.  I have to say it is a blessing to have the opportunity to brighten someone's day....if only a little.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Quilt Along With Us!

Most of us have a military member in our family.  We love them, we respect them, we honor them for their service.  We quilters love making quilts for those in uniform and we should!  They deserve to be recognized for their service.  There is however, another part of the life of the military member that goes beyond their duties to their country.  It is their families.  Their loved ones who follow them around the world with pride.  The military children travel from base to base happy to support their greatest hero.  These children are BRATs.

This year we are going to get to know what it means to be a BRAT.  We are going to take a journey into the life of the military brat as we create beautiful quilts.  We will learn their stories, shares their experiences, and hear about the incredible heroes in their lives.  I will share my own stories and encourage all of the quilters joining in to share theirs. 

http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/because-of-the-brave-moda-fabrics/We are truly blessed to have support from the Fat Quarter Shop in our quilting journey.  We will build the stars of our quilt each month and have prizes each month as we go forward.  I have all the requirements posted on the Military BRAT Quilt Along page (see tab above).

I am using the most PERFECT fabric line for my quilt along.  It is called Because of the Brave.  It really is perfect.  We are brats because of the brave.  My dad was my brave hero and my late husband was the brave hero to my children.  You can get the same fabrics by clicking on the image.  However, any fabrics will be gorgeous.

Our quilt along begins on 15 January 2015.  Please just add a comment if you would like to join in.  I look forward to sharing this year with all of you.

Monday, November 17, 2014

BRAT for life

It has been a while since I blogged, but thought I would share some thoughts.  Most of those who travel to my blog have strong feelings about our military.  Many make incredible Quilts of Valor for our troops.  Many are from military families.

I have been an Air Force Brat since birth.  I was born in an Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and my three daughters were also born in Landstuhl.  Two in the same hospital as I and one in the German hospital.  I faithfully followed my dad from base to base and supported him in his service to our great country.  I also faithfully followed my husband for 20 years, indeed until his death.

My heritage as an Air Force Brat is under attack from a mother/daughter team without any military connection or background.  They are trying to force a name change on us and deny the pride we have in the Brat name.  This duo is working to sell books that call the military children champs instead of Brats.  The name is for children heroes attached to military personnel.  Hello????  Don't they understand our parents are the heroes?  Not I and not my children.  When other kids looked up to sports and movies celebrities as their heroes, we just had to wait for mom or dad to walk through the door.

There is far more in this issue than a name.  It is honor to our parents who were willing to lay down their lives for our freedoms (and many did).  It is respecting the bond we share.  We are strong, resilient, adaptive, respectful, and proud.

I cannot express how proud I am of the 38 years my father gave to the Air Force and the 25 years my husband gave.  They are my heroes and will always be.

Take a look on Facebook and Twitter and see how deep the feelings run.  If you have an opportunity, please support our right to be Brats!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Schnibble

With a new baby due in a matter of weeks, I feel the pressure to get her quilts ready.  This is the second and I have one left to bind this weekend.  

This pattern is Reveille in the second Schnibble book.  It is actually quite big.  It only takes two layer cakes and it will fit at least a twin sized bed.  My daughter loves the Berenstain Bears so this is perfect for her little one.

I have one schnibble in the works and then I can look at which one to do next.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Needing a new project

I have wanted to make a Tumbling Blocks quilt for years.  I did start on a few blocks many years ago, but who knows what happened to them.  Lost in many moves.

I finally decided it is time.  I bought some great Stonehenge fabrics and tried out a few pieces.  I have not really started on it as of yet, but it is the next project I will make.  I am using 2.5 inch strips cut on a 60 degree angle.

So far I like the look of it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Delectable Mountains flimsy

One of my goals  this year is to finish all the quilts I started many years ago to make room for NewFOs.  It would be so nice to have NewFOs instead of UFOs.  LOL.

In line with this goal, I finished a Delectable Mountains top I started sometime in 2010.  I do not even know the month I started it.

In any case, it goes off to be quilted this weekend and I can make that big line through this item on my list.