Quilts of Valor

25 03 2009

My local guild has been making quilts for wounded military personnel at BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center) but this quilt is my first Quilt of Valor. I have to say that I was filled with trepidation; I have done many customer quilts and I take my craft very seriously…I want every customer to be happy with the quilts that I complete for them but this is different. I want it to be special because of the special sacrifice that the person made who will receive it.

The lady who pieced this quilt, Andy of  TX, did a fabulous job; the batiks that she used in the flying geese were lovely and the piecing was perfection. What a treat to get to quilt this quilt!

I am posting pictures today. I hope that you will consider becoming a part of this project. There is a huge need for quilters and piecers as there is a new project to produce quilts for a group of Marines returning to the U.S.  I know you will find it very rewarding.


The Wednesday Afternoon Quilt Club

2 03 2009

Last Wednesday, Feb. 25, was the first official meeting of the Wednesday Afternoon Quilt Club. The establishment of this club was to reach a very specific goal. You see, our dear friend, Karen has been diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. After 8 months of trying to find the reason for pain in her back, she reached a point where she was hospitalized and the reason was finally ascertained. Karen was in the hospital for a month; she began her chemo and is on 3 weeks and off 1. I explain this because when I asked Karen if there was something that she would like for me to do, she expressed wanting help to create a baby quilt for the grandbaby that is due in June.  She had bought the fabric in December; a baby shower is in April so our mission is to get it pieced and quilted before that time.

My friend, Ricki (who is an ovarian cancer survivor) and I made our way to Karen’s house. I brought newly baked cinnamon bread. Karen greeted us with a smile and a pretty turban. Our first order of business: In south Tx it gets warm so if you don’t want to wear a turban, you don’t have to…bald is, indeed, beautiful. That being done we moved on to adding an additional fat quarter from Karen’s stash and the cutting began. We could only stay an hour…Karen is still pretty weak from her hospital stay, but we laughed and touched the fabric, and generally had a fabulous time. Before we left, we made sure that Karen had some of the bread along with her meds and prayed together. What a beautiful time among friends!

I will be sharing the notes from the Wed. Afternoon Quilt Club for a couple of reasons. First, truly, women ministering to other women is a powerful thing…I want to be sure that you don’t miss out on that opportunity if it arises for you. Secondly, quilting is great therapy…we know that but I don’t know if anyone who is not a quilter, knitter, crocheter, or weaver or fabric artist would know the feeling. There is something about touching the fabric (or thread or yarn) and seeing the colors that is soothing and enriching to the creative spirit and balm to those who want a break from the usual “stuff” that makes up life.

If you are a spiritual person, please remember Karen in your prayers; she wants to be in good shape for the new grandbaby and we have to finish that quilt!

Back in the Saddle Again!

1 03 2009

Well, after several weeks of battling flu and sinus infections, I am finally back in full swing. I finished a custom quilt (which is pictured today with this post), sold my HQ system to a lovely lady in Las Vegas and received my new system, an APQS Green Liberty on Friday. BTW, the nice folks who setup my APQS are in Austin, Over the Top Quilting, so you may want to check them out if you are in the Austin area. Susan Rubino and her sister own this company and I know that you would enjoy meeting them.

For the next few weeks I will be learning the ins and outs of the APQS. I need to get up to speed since I have quilts that are waiting to be quilted! Thankfully, the frames are similar and loading them is very much the same…I just want to get the feel of the machine and what thread she likes. BTW, her name is Kermita (the female equivalent of Kermit the Frog) since she is a Green machine. A green machine in the APQS line is a refurbished machine. I think she is beautiful 🙂

I will be receiving tons of new motifs for my embroidery soon, and, if copyright permits, I will post some of the new designs. I am really excited about them. I also started monograming flannel pajama bottoms…they are so cute!

It’s good to be back and I hope to have a new recipe up for you this week, so check back frequently.