Sunday, January 31, 2016


 After last Sunday's quilt show, this week was a downer in some ways.  I have been under the weather, but not too sick to sew, quilt, read and watch TV.  I guess it's just a cold, but I feel very blah.  However, I can't sleep much during the day and get tired of TV and reading after a while.  So, I finished the Quilt of Valor - just need to put a label on it.

Quilt of Valor

Back of Quilt of Valor
The backing fabric came from Connecting Threads  and I am very happy with it.  I think I got it when they had a 50% off sale.

Then I decided to make Abby another outfit for her new 26" doll.  The first outfit that I made fit OK except the neckline on the blouse was too big.  I decided to make a blouse with elastic in the neck this time so she won't have that problem.  The fabrics and lace for this skirt and blouse all came from either garage sales or thrift shops!

The skirt has an attached slip with lace.

Close-up of blouse.

In between some other sewing, I decided to make a couple small quilts out of 1" strips.  One of them is quilted and ready for the binding.  I decided to trim it for binding and accidentally trimmed 3 sides of the unquilted one by mistake before I noticed it was the wrong one.  They measure 13 1/2" x 11 1/2".

Unquieted one.
I was reading some blogs and Shelby Stitcher was blogging about her wonky stars  made from triangles saved in a box.  I also have triangles saved below my sewing table.  Here you can see a large basket containing light strips, some freezer paper scraps and the instructions for my sewing machine (which I discovered has a lot of information in it that I hadn't noticed until this week).  To the right of the large basket is a small bag crammed full of triangles.

Here's a better picture of the triangle bag.  It must have contained a sheet set or something like that at one point, but it is a very sturdy plastic bag.  Occasionally, I will make HSTs or pinwheels out of left-over triangles.  This bag has triangles of all sizes in it just waiting to be used for something.

That's it for this week.  


  1. I really, really like your quilt of valor! Your small quilts are so darling.

  2. Your Quilt of Valor is stunning. Bless you. I'm sure whomever receives it will treasure it always.


  3. Your QOV is beautiful, someone will be so lucky to receive it. The backing makes it even more special, it is so pretty. I love quilts with more traditional blocks, to me they are more special. You put a lot of love and effort into this one! Your little quilts are darling, lots of scrappy going on there and the quilting is so nice. The doll dress is so pretty, too. Your GD will love it. I keep my small applique scraps in a zippered plastic bag like that. They are so sturdy for collecting scraps, containing a travel project, or keep parts for a project together. Plus you are reusing it instead of sending it to the landfill. Have fun with all those little triangles!

  4. I was just admiring that first photo, and ding-a-ling- here comes YOUR comment on my blog. Great minds .... 8-))

    I really like the 1 inch strips made into a block - you might not be cutting up blocks or 9-patches, but your log cabin and that lovely feathery quilting is top-notch!

    Take care - Perhaps it's January blues?

  5. Oooooh! What a gorgeous QOV! Both sides! I think maybe I bought that same Pledge panel at a quilt show last year; I'm wondering where it is. The doll clothes are so very cute and stylish. And may I say, What a basket and bag of scraps!" I'm guessing you will use them all in some "somethings" as cute as the two little strippy things. I need to try that too! Hope you get to feeling better soon so you can get started! ---"Love"

  6. It is Gorgeous, Ruth. Congrats on this awesome finish. The doll is also awesome. Imagine doing something so cute from repurpose fabric. I love that!! ;^)

  7. All in all it looks like a fairly productive week. Your QOV turn d out wonderful.

  8. Beautiful Quilt of Valor--and a perfect backing!
    What a pretty little doll dress. How fun that it is all made from garage sale and thrift store finds! We would have great fun shopping together! : )
    Beautiful feathers on your little quilt. And what a great use of strips of fabric!

  9. Hope you are feeling better soon. Your QOV is stunning and I just love the backing/label. Love will do cartwheels when she sees it. What a sweet dolly's dress and your feather quilting is superb.

  10. what a busy week!
    Congrats on the finish of your QOV turned out wonderfully.
    The little dress and especially the blouse are beautiful the trimming is so loving.
    quilt minis!

  11. You are such a fun grandma making doll clothes!! Love the QAV quilt and the fabric is very nice.
    I bet you can make a quilt top with what's in your scrap bag. :)

  12. I am in LOVE with your quilt! It is stunning.
    Found your name on the Westering women blog. I look forward to seeing your blocks.
    Kathleen Mary

  13. You are so talented...that doll dress is lovely! Beautiful QOV and even more projects...for a blah week it was very productive :)

  14. The quilt of Valor is beautiful. What an interesting pattern!. Abby, as I've said before, is one lucky little girl to have a grandma who makes such pretty things for her dolls.