Stars Over Stars - a Quilts of Valor Top Finish

Finally! This one wasn't in progress for very long - just since February - but most of the blocks have been finished since April. And then came the t-shirt quilts and retirement gifts and graduation present orders, and this just kept getting pushed down on the to-do list.

Quilts of Valor Stars

But! They finally announced the pre-orders and tour schedule for the Quilts of Valor book, so I decided to finally get this one finished and sent back to my coordinator in Washington. (Our chapter likes to have one person piece, another quilt, and another bind, so it's truly a group quilt.)

Quilts of Valor Stars

It's made with fifty-six 8" sawtooth stars from my own tutorial, and six 16" stars. 

Quilts of Valor Stars

It's laid out fairly haphazardly - I don't have a design wall, so the cats helped rearrange the blocks on the floor several times. But it ended up with no repeat fabrics too near each other, so I'm happy.

Quilts of Valor Stars


And the book!


Jennie's pattern is one of the sixteen patterns in the book, so my quilt will be on display at all the AQS shows for the next year! It stays put in Paducah at the Quilt Museum for a bit, then will be awarded to a veterans in late spring 2019. I'm hoping to go to the award ceremony!

You can pre-order here, and if you put Group #547 and Greater Spokane QOV, my chapter gets a portion of the proceeds. (Not an affiliate link. Put your own local chapter number and name if you want!)

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

One in a Melon - A Fruit Salad Block

Okay, I totally couldn't think of a watermelon quote or song to go there. So, you get a pun instead! Yay!

One in a Melon - a Fruit Salad Block

But even if the name is lacking, the block is not. It's big - 22" wide! And features two shades of green! You could also use yellow-greens (instead of green-yellows like mine - I know, totally different) or a white for the middle rind.

Get the printer-friendly pattern here!

I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks, and I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

One in a Melon - a Fruit Salad Block

One in a Melon - 14.5x22.5"

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog! I will be posting one block a month, free on PayHip until Jan 31, 2019. In December 2018, there will be a layout pattern for the entire Fruit Salad quilt, as well as more specific yardage.

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ June

Just moving along, slowly but surely, on my Main Street blocks. I thought about starting a new project - since the Main Street blocks are done and Jack's Chain already has teal-aqua and purple blocks (the assigned colors of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Monthly Color Challenge.)


But common sense won out, and I put blocks into pairs and pieced some long skinny sashing bits. This is the most boring part of the quilt process for me - so I feel I should get extra bonus points for sticking with it.

Just another few Sundays should have this to a finished top, and then I can start something new finish Jack's Chain. And be all caught up on Rainbow Scrap Challenges by next year. Like a responsible adult.

And I left a section with a purple block and a teal block on top! So I'm technically within the color challenges.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Iditarod - A Finished Quilt

After almost exactly two years - which actually isn't a bad record for me - Dog Sled is a finished quilt!


This was a quilt kit, purchased in Alaska (duh), after my mother-in-law and I got slightly-less-than-sober at a cruise shore excursion. We were blowing glass at Jewell Gardens (our instructor now has his own shop in Skagway, if you're visiting) and wine was included with the after-snacks. And then they dropped us off downtown.


So clearly I recommend tipsy shopping with a fabric enabler.

The kit was easy to follow. The only problem I had was that there wasn't enough of the border fabric to do mitered corners. I tried making them out of HSTs, but it was not really that great. So no looking closely at the corners.

And yes, I know the black fabric is going in the wrong direction. They're ahead of everyone else and already turned around to go back. It was a deliberate design opposed to my usual oopsie design decisions!


The backing is this utterly fantastic Connecting Threads flannel that one of my Instagram friends named "the Patronus fabric." 


It's not the best match, color-wise. But it's the best match, Alaska-wise, so I'm quite happy with it. (Although it made picking a binding a little harder!)

And yes, I had to do some creative piecing to get the backing the right size. Directional backings are not my strong suit! 


The quilting is swirls to mimic snow, with some secret hearts in there. I haven't quilted those in a while - not since I bought my own machine - so that was fun!


I debated a few names - Dog Sled, First Place, Don't Shop Tipsy - but finally settled on a classic Alaska name. And I'm quite pleased with the finish - it'll be the one thing I make for me this quarter! 

I made some pillows and a table runner out of the scraps last year for both my mother and mother-in-law, since they both cruised with us. And now that I'm officially done, the rest of the scraps will be worked into my MIL's next commission, as well as in a strip quilt for the Dude.


BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes June

Well, this block was a delight to make! After ignoring pretty much the entire set of directions...


It's the Taygeta Star block, and, well, I don't make my flying geese like that, and I don't make my half square triangles like that. But once I did my own measurements, it went together just fine and made a lovely block. So that was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!