QuiltCon Charity Quilt: the assembly.

QuiltCon Charity Final

My part of the QuiltCon Charity Challenge is done and ready to ship to Pam in Florida for quilting:

QuiltCon ready to ship

The colors from everyone’s blocks worked well together. I struggled with deciding where each block should go. The assembly went smoothly, though. It’s a very happy quilt top, and I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

Thanks to Rene Creates for sending the batting and to Shelly Recicar for sending extra white fabric which I used, with some of my stash, to make the backing:

QuiltCon Charity Backing

Now I have to finish the quilt I’m doing for the Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge. It is going to be a challenge to get it quilted and finished by the November 30 deadline. Back to work.


QuiltCon Charity Challenge: the process.


Awhile back I agreed to work with individual members of the Modern Quilt Guild to create a quilt for charity.  The challenge was to use their color palette and to use alternative grid design. The color palette they suggested we use: white, light gray, chartreuse, burnt orange, sky blue, cerise, and deep turquoise.

A MQG member organized the bees and assigned individual members to a regional “bee”. I’m in Southeast Region 4 which includes quilters from Delaware to Florida.  Around the first of October we received an email from MQG with everyone’s emails. One of the group members, Jennifer Price, set up an account with doodle.com and a poll to determine what date and time we could all meet in a teleconference. We got together on the phone on October 10. There are 8 of us in this quilting bee.

One of the quilters, Paige Alexander, suggested a design using a post about Jackie Gehring’s guide to Variable Framing. Five of the quilters agreed to make four blocks each with one of the blocks having a “star” design. We would use white as the frame/background for the blocks.  Cheryl Brickey created a flickr group for us to post photos and discuss our progress.

I agreed to assemble the blocks, which measure 18″ by 18″ finished, and they have started to arrive:

QuiltCon mail

Shelly Recicar from Boca Raton, Florida created these blocks:

Shelly's Block


Paige Alexander from Easley, South Carolina created these blocks:

Paige's Blocks

Cheryl Brickey from Greer, South Carolina created these blocks:

Cheryl's Blocks

When I have the quilt top assembled, I’m going to create a quilt sandwich and send it to Pam Chamberlain in Miami, Florida to quilt. She’s then going to send it to Jennifer in Delaware to bind and finish, mailing it to MQG for display at the upcoming QuiltCon convention in Texas. The deadline for submission is the first of January 2015.

We will then give the quilt to a charity. We haven’t decided yet on which charity.  The process continues.



I heard this piece on the radio coming home from work a few days ago: Letters of Note.  I love letters. I love words.

I like fun words like gee whizz and buzz off. I like flowery words like serendipity and sentimental. I like alliteration.

I like legal words like jurisdiction, justice and jury pool.

I like phrases like “have you lost weight?” and “the test results were negative.”

I like words you have to yell like “timber” and “defense.”

I also like writing letters with those lovely words.

When I was a child I wrote letters to my grandfather who lived in another state. The last letter I sent to him was put in his casket. It didn’t arrive before he died. At that moment I realized how important letters were. I hoped my grandfather loved those letters as much as I enjoyed writing them.

I send out a Christmas letter to my friends and family every year. I’ve kept a copy of each one and they tell the story of our lives.

I enjoy getting cards and letters from my family and friends as well.

I really like putting words together with photos and graphics. That’s why I blog. I’ll keep using characters to create letters of note.

Take care,


P       S

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Football and Faces


For many Friday nights I have attended high school football games. My husband is the head football coach at Deep Run High School. The last two seasons I’ve been taking photos at those games. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with a standard lens. My attempts at action shots have been less than stellar. My lens just can’t zoom far enough to catch the moves of the players on the field.

I like the sideline action and the faces. These are the faces from this season:

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Some faces from last season:


Sew Elbow

I’m suffering from lateral epicondylitis, also known as “tennis elbow.” My doctor says I have “sew-itis.” So, no sewing or cleaning or sweeping for at least three weeks. I can type, though.

I thought I’d share some photos I took at the Richmond Quilt Guild‘s recent show. The first two are by ladies I know.

Annette Lemon designed this fabulous quilt, “Liberated My Way”:

Liberated My Way

Joyce Brown created this stunning quilt, “Dancing Batiks”:

Dancing Batiks

I really liked this appliqued quilt:

hot pink applique

And, the subtle mix of fabrics in this quilt caught my eye:



Take care,


Row by Row Experience: Sew a Season

sew a season quilt

The theme for the Row by Row Experience was “Sew a Season.” Each quilt shop chose a “season” and created a pattern which you could pick up for free at each of the shops. My intention was to make a project from each of the quilt shops I visited, so 8 shops 8 projects. So far I had made a tote bag using the pattern from Blue Crab Quilt Co., and a pillow cover from The New River Fiber Co. Next up on my list was Creative Quilting Connection, located in Roanoke, Virginia. Their block was called, “Autumn in the Star City”.

The fabrics reminded me of the quilt pattern, The Grove, by Carolyn Friedlander.  I purchased it some time ago:

The Grove

I made four trees with the batiks, and of course they look like “Autumn.” Now I needed the other seasons: Summer, Winter and Spring and maybe Football Season because it’s always Football Season at my house.

During my Row by Row by Experience, I traveled across almost all of Virginia from the city to the valley to the mountains and to the sea. We visited Chincoteague, Virginia, an island on the Atlantic Ocean, and I got the kit from Quilts by the Sea. The fabric was perfect for my “Summer” row of trees:

quilts by the sea fabric

After making a few “Summer” row trees, I didn’t like having to add a border in between the blocks so I flipped them. The blocks are mirror images left to right anyway, so up and down seemed like the perfect solution:

season in progres

I had “Spring” fabric from the kit I purchased at Sew Biz, located in Radford, Virginia:

sew biz fabric

I liked the idea of white trees for winter, and I made “football season” in school colors: black, blue and white. I plan to hand quilt it.

sew a season quilt

Just a quick note on our trip to Chincoteague Island. We ate the most heavenly ice cream at The Island Creamery.

island creamery

Raspberry — my favorite!

Row by Row Experience: The New River Fiber Co.

dogwood pillow

The New River Fiber Co., located in Blacksburg, Virginia, was a great find during my Row by Row Experience. It had a modern vibe, and I just loved the “Spring” block they created for this “Sew a Season” shop hop:

The New River Fiber block

The photo, taken from their Facebook page, does not show how beautiful the fabric was. I bought the kit:

dogwood fabrics

The New River Fiber Co. had wonderful quilt fabric as well as lots and lots of yarn. They also had really soft pillow forms. I bought one and made a pillow with this quilt block.

The “dogwoods” were easy to make, basically a snowball block with one background corner missing:

almost a snowball

I made two big, one medium and two small “dogwoods.” I machine appliqued the centers using decorative stitches:

dogwood eyes

I played with the arrangement until it pleased me:

pleasing dogwoods

I initially did not have the “half” dogwood on the right side, but when I squared up the block it just seemed like that part needed a flower. I used the part cut from the top dogwood. Thank goodness for seam rippers.

I used the leftover fabric to make the back:

dogwood stripes

I added an invisible zipper, and it was done.

This pillow is feminine, and I’m going to use it in my small home office/corner.



This shop was worth the drive: 880 University City Blvd, Blacksburg, VA 24060.