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Monday, August 31, 2015

Still In A Bind

Yes, I'm still trying to get all the binding finished on the quilts for Lap Robes For Veterans.  I think I have eight or nine left to finish...hopefully all will be done in time for the Honor Flight in October!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Binding...Lots Of Binding!

I have been quilting just about non-stop this week and I now have five Air Force quilts quilted for Lap Robes for Veterans!  I even have the bindings sewn on and they are ready to be hand stitched to the back.  I see some quality NetFlix time in my future!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fleece - Right Side Or Wrong Side?

With most fleece prints, it is apparent which side is the right side, but with solids and some prints it is hard to tell (especially after the selvages have been removed).  An easy way to tell the right or wrong side of fleece is to hold your fabric by the horizontal cut edge (this is the edge with the most stretch) and pull slightly. The cut edge will curl to the wrong side of the fabric. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lap Robes for Veterans

While at the Genesee Valley Quilt Fest in June, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Nancy Van Apledoorn, founder and coordinator of Lap Robes for Veterans.  Nancy's ultimate goal is to see that every veteran receives a lap robe, but for now she has all that she can do to see that veterans in nursing homes, hospice care, and those traveling on Honor Flights in her area receives a lap robe.  In 2014 Nancy and a group of 30 volunteers donated over 800 lap robes (quilts, fleece, knit and crocheted blankets) to veterans in the Rochester area.  Pretty impressive for such a small group, but if the goal is going to be met, they are going to need help!  Being the daughter of a WWII Army veteran, wife of a Navy veteran, and a USMC mom, I was more than willing to offer my services.  I met with Nancy a few weeks ago and picked up 20 kits to quilt.  I hope to have them all done and ready to be given to veterans taking the Honor Flight out of Rochester, NY in October.  My machine is going to be going full steam from now until then!

To learn more about Lap Robes for Veterans or to find out how to start a similar project in your area check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LapRobesForVeterans.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Just One More

Ok, just one more zip bag and then I really need to catch up on some projects in progress!  Plus I'm out of zipper now, but Sue from Susan Sews told me about WAWK Sewing Supplies and how wonderful their prices are.  She wasn't kidding...25 7" zippers in assorted colors are only $4.99!  Check them out at www.wawak.com.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Another Zip Bag

When Miss Two came to visit last week, first thing on her "to do" list was to make a zip bag like the one her older sister made...only different.  I have a feeling that I'll probably be making at least three more zip bags, so that all of the grandgirls have one.  I wonder if the lil' cowboy would want a zip bag to keep his treasures in too?  I better stock up on zippers!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Makeup Bag

My oldest granddaughter stopped by the other day and asked if I could make her a new makeup bag.  I told her that I could, but suggested that I could help her make her own bag if she wanted, so we headed off to the sewing room.  She really wanted to use turquoise fabric, but the best I could come up with was a few scraps.  Then I remembered what I learned from Pat Sloan a few weeks ago and we put those scraps together to make a striped turquoise and green fabric.  We ended up with just enough for a fun new makeup bag that matches her favorite color nail polish perfectly!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Camp

Online Summer Camp with Gyleen Fitzgerald wrapped up last week and my "When Lightning Strikes" quilt top is all finished!  Now to find the perfect backing and get it quilted!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Remember the charm pack dated 1975 that was given to me a few months ago?  I did the unthinkable and used 40 year old cotton/poly fabrics to make a modern quilt!  I'm proud to say that a panel of jurors all agreed that it is indeed a modern quilt in spite of the age of the fabrics and #1975 has been accepted into the Modern Quilt exhibit at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center scheduled for September 6-27.  If you are in the area this September, be sure to stop in and see the exhibit!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rhuberry Freezer Jam

A friend gave me some rhubarb the other day, but it wasn't quite enough to make more Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, so I decided to do a little experimenting with the original recipe.  The result was an amazing jam!

Rhuberry Freezer Jam

2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
2 cups blueberries
3 cups white sugar
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry Jell-O
In a large saucepan, stir together the rhubarb, blueberries and sugar. Cover, and let stand 3-8 hours (long enough to bring out the juices so they start to dissolve the sugar).  Bring the rhubarb, blueberries and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring constantly, for 12 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat, and stir in dry gelatin mix. Transfer to jars, cool, and place in the freezer.

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