Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quilting Day (5/2016)

So I am part of a quilting group called MSP Quilting Angels that makes quilts for Quilts of Valor and Quilts for Kids.

Today was quilting day. I'm working on Quilts for Kids while I learn -- I'm not quite ready yet to make a Valor quilt.

A little background -- I'm still working to complete my first quilt. It is on the sewing machine downstairs in mid-quilting. The top is finished, and I'm machine quilting it. The bobbin jammed (I think I need to rewind the bobbin) and I got frustrated. It's been there two months waiting for me to make time for it.

The part I'm working on is called "stippling". It looks like this:

You can find it in the first picture if you look carefully. As I went to photograph that I was reminded that I also have out a stack of bibs to edge to send to my Online Angels charity.

So for quilting day today I was working on a second quilt. It will be a "Turn 20" quilt. I started cutting fabric months ago, and today it took me ages to figure out what my plan months ago had been. Once I figured it out I got back to work. Still cutting. Didn't get as much done as I would have liked, but am pleased to have gotten some new fabrics to add to the design.

The pattern starts with a 6-1/2" square sewn to a 2-1/2"x6-1/2" strip, and this is sewn to a 8-1/2" X 2-1/2" strip. 20 of these get sewn together, edged and finished. I don't have many colors cut or many seams sewn, but it will look a bit like this:

There was an exchange table today, so some of someone else's discard clutter came into my house.

There was an idea exchange about getting organized and decluttering (while we were sent home with stuff we didn't come with, heh! heh!)

Today also a quilt was presented to a retired Lieutenant Colonel. His life was turned around in childhood by his 4th Grade teacher! One day he finally located her to thank her. This quilt was made by this teacher for this veteran! So cool!   

It rained all day, so it was a good day to be quilting! What did you do today?


  1. I'm still working on my first quilt. I'm embarrassed to say how many years ago I started on it, or how long it's been since I actually worked on it. LOL Thanks for sharing about this wonderful group of quilters and how they are using their talents to bless others.

  2. I've been working (and not working) on this quilt for over a year. Working on it comes in fits and starts. Thanks for your kind comment. Maybe you'd like to visit the group some time (Heh! Heh!)?