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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Roundabout Schnibble

As usual, I have a Schnibble in progress.  They are just addictive.  I always make the larger version, with layer cakes so they are great cuddle quilts.

I currently have the Roundabout in the works.  I have done this pattern before and it is so easy and turns out so cute.  I am using the Holiday Frost line of fabric that I bought last year.  I am not sure if this will be a keeper or a Christmas gift yet.  I am leaning toward keeper.

There is always the chance that one of the kids will visit and the quilt will disappear.  Happens every time they visit.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The current office project

I generally do not take a lunch like normal people.  I do not go to the Student Union to eat the food available, and if I eat lunch I do it in my office.  The one thing I do every day is work on my quilt.

A while ago I realized I am the only person on our staff who does not take a lunch break and decided it is just time.  I brought in the pieces of a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt I had started many, many years before.  Early this year I finished the piecing.

To keep the momentum, I took the quilt home to pin and brought it back.  Now I quilt a few hexies each day.  I can usually get 6-7 done.  I work four days a week so it is coming along quite nicely.  I am about 1/4 of the way done.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014


Today is Teacher Appreciation Day.

As a long time history instructor, I learned a valuable lesson about the impact we have on students regardless of age.  Some years ago, when I was preparing for my husband's funeral, the base allowed young troops to volunteer to be pallbearers.  The base in Cheyenne, WY was 400 miles from Cody (where we lived) and the young troops knew they had to get to Cody on their own dime.  Once they arrived, I made sure they were fed and housed.  There were many volunteers and I was deeply touched.

 I knew five of the young men from my husband's unit.  There was one I did not know by face.  His name was familiar but not his face.  I asked him if he was in Greg's unit and he responded:

"No.  I am from the other Security Forces unit and your husband was never my commander.  I am not here for him, I am here for YOU.  I was in your history class and you were my favorite teacher.  I wanted to do this for you."

If you are teacher you can never know who you touch.

Stack and Whack Horses update

I began to put the blocks together to see how they looked and really like the result.  This is the first time I have made smaller blocks to use as corner stones.  The small blocks are 9 inch and the large are 15.  There will be a 3x3 set of the large blocks.  I have about half of the blocks done now and hope to complete the top by the end of May.

My semester ends on May 16 so I will have a couple of good quilting weekends after that to recover from the incredible stress of the last four months.  This has been a very research heavy semester!