Patriotic Blocks and a Motorcross Birthday

We celebrated grandson Ethan’s 8th birthday this past weekend. He let me know a month ago he wanted a motorcross cake. This is the 2nd year for one and I hope the last. Ready to do something different. This year I made the track in a figure “8” and made the side black and white check. Nothing spectacular, just a good kids cake.


On the quilting front-

The VA state coordinator for Quilts of Valor requested block donations. He had a request for quilts but had none. So my husband and I made these 4 blocks to help out. When we work together, I cut, pin, and press while he sews. We can keep moving along at a pretty good pace that way.


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Get It Done January Report

It’s time to check my goals for January.  Out of 4 goals I completed 2.  Frankly, without this challenge and a deadline of the end of the month, I wouldn’t have 2 items finished.  So I am very, very happy about this.

The Guild’s Quilt of Valor was quilted.  As a matter of fact, it was finished today.  Just in time for me to report that it was a completed goal!  (See how this challenge makes me get things done!)  I had to take pictures at night which is the very worse time to photograph quilts, but it had to be done.





Quilt is quilted with Patriot pantograph.

I also finished Ashley’s signature quilt.  It is the worse looking quilt I’ve ever made (Well, I guess I can remember one that was worse) but the point of it is the wishes written on the blocks from family and friends.  Hopefully, feather meander quilting will improve it a lot.


The Drunkerds Path quilt will be moved to February.  I will definitely quilt it.

The Wrenly Quilt-I asked my granddaughter to let me know if she would like it on her bed.  She hasn’t come over to see it yet.  I will definitely get her here and make a decision about this one.

Heart Wall Hanging-Finish applique, quilt, and bind.

Stepping Stone Blocks-Finish for Queen Bee QOV and piece Fourth of Judy tablerunner.

Thanks Judy for giving me this challenge.




A couple years ago, my husband was interested in the Quilts of Valor quilts I made to honor and thank wounded soldiers. But he wanted me to make more and make them faster. Since I couldn’t, he asked me to teach him how to quilt. He has made 4 QOV’s and just awarded the last one. My husband has heart.

This young man is Cody Stanton. He was recently wounded in Afghanistan and is the recipient of Craig’s QOV. Cody says he’s relying on his faith to see him through. Cody is showing courage, spirit, and strength. He certainly has heart.


We pray that as the many surgeries proceed, God would grant Cody the peace and love to know that he is not alone. You can follow Cody’s progress at the blog His Mom has 3 other children and has had to leave her job to help Cody at Walter Reed. The blog also has a link to contribute to help with the expenses.

If you are a quilter, please consider making a QOV. Go to for info on size, etc.

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Quilt of Valor/Patriotic Display At Pinehurst Surgical Clinic

For Flag Day and Fourth of July, Karen and I thought a display of Quilts of Valor and patriotic quilts would be a wonderful tribute to the soldiers who serve our country.  Pinehurst Surgical Clinic in Pinehurst, NC has graciously allowed a permanent display area for quilts.  Paquita is the quilter that has the relationship with Pinehurst Surgical and talked them into the display area.

For the months of June and July, these are the quilts on display.

It is really difficult to take pictures down a long hall.

For info on Quilts of Valor, visit

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Salute To A Hero

My husband made another Quilt of Valor ( to honor and thank a wounded soldier for his sacrifice in serving his country.   I’m so proud of my husband.  He wanted to express his gratitude and since he lives in a home where his wife lives, eats, and breathes quilting, he decided to learn how to sew and to quilt.  He has stuck with it through several quilts, ripping out seams multiple times, never accepting less than his best.    The result is a well made red, white, and blue quilt that has no fullness and hangs beautifully.  He added extra borders so it measures 62 x 86.  The log cabin pattern is available on the QOV site.

Center eagle was outline quilted.

Craig quilted a pantograph called Patriot on the rest of the quilt.

Why don’t you start a Quilt of Valor today?

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With Eagles Wings

I don’t know the wife/mom who will receive this quilt, but I’m sending her a piece of my heart.  Her husband, MSgt Jared Van Aalst, was killed in Afganistan in August 2010.  As I have worked on making this for her, I have prayed for her, her children, and his parents.  At times, the prayers are silent because I can’t begin to understand her grief.  So the emotional connection to this quilt is strong.  Now I pray that these pieces of cloth and thread will bring a tiny measure of comfort to her.

The eagle is important as a military/national symbol.  The eagle is also mentioned in the Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. (NIV)  I pray she will “soar on wings like eagles.”  May she be aware of God’s support as she places her hope in God.

I was asked to make this quilt by my son and his wife.  They have friends in the military and those friends were friends with this couple.  They were aware of a Quilt of Valor my husband and I made for a wounded soldier that lives down the street.  So they asked if I would make a quilt for this soldier’s wife.  Both my husband and I worked on this one too.

Stars machine pieced from “Simple Stars Beautiful Quilts” by Debbie Maddy, eagle raw edge applique (drawing “Soaring Eagles” by caryl Bryer Fallert), Sew Fine thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting.


Backing fabric

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