Patterns I like
Stars and stripes
My sister shared this little jem with me, she was making them and giving them as gifts for volunteers and I just loved that idea so I had to make a few myself. These mug organizers are from Simplicity pattern # 2450. After I made the organizers I also made small lazy Susan's using the 4" Lazy Susan hardware from the local hardware store and wooden coasters. Now so you can spin your mug while you are looking for something stored in your mug organizer. I have mine next to my sewing machine and it is full of all of my sewing instruments.
Tina's Good-bye Quilt
I am an Air Force wife and I've met lots of extraordinary people in our travels. Currently, we are stationed in Northern Japan. The Air Force has a program called the Key Spouse program. Basically, a few selected Active Duty spouses undergo training to provide support to spouses and families of deployed service members. When I was brought on, our squadron was receiving a new First Shirt and his wife was going to be running our Key Spouse program. She became a mentor to me and taught me how to take care of our families and about living a life of service. Well, her husband retired from the Air Force after 26 years and I offered to make Tina's gift from myself and the other Key Spouses. It took me a month to make and I put the last stitch in the binding at 1:30 a.m. the night before we were presenting it to her at their farewell dinner. She loves it so much and I was proud of myself for not crying. Even though I'm not the best machine quilter, I am proud of how it turned out.
I purchased the jelly roll from MSQC some time ago and was waiting for the right occasion to use them. My friend Julie has breast cancer and there is a fundraiser soon. I saw the coin variation tutorial and knew that was perfect. It was fast and easy. My friend Sue Bishop quilted it. I just love how it turned out!
Made this queen size quilt for my son who is very patriotic. The strip with the Declaration of Independence was cut from Kate Ward Thacker/Next Day Art for Robert Kaufman Patriots. There is a complete panel of the Declaration on the back of the quilt.
Patriotic Quartered Stripes-Quilt of Valor
Our local Hospice sewing group member presented a quilt she created from your Quartered Stripes tutorial that intrigued me to use it for a Quilt of Valor. Stripes were not the typical uniform variety, but had variations that made the assembly interesting. The border was a group effort, with approvals from three Freedom Stitchers of Iowa members.
Dream Big Wall Hanging
Ladies...I didn't do this. Darn! beyond my skills. One of my good friends is self taught in FMQ and has been doing it for 18 years. She wanted to give it a whirl...She is now addicted to doing these big panels and it has been great for her business as I let her hang it up for a couple of weeks in her shop. This is just beautiful and will hang in one of our guest rooms with the quilt I'm almost done with.