Loose Threads: Quilts of Valor and.....Puttering

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quilts of Valor and.....Puttering

When my Mom was still living I would call her almost every day to check on her and see if she needed anything.  I would ask her what she was doing, and she would say, "Oh, I'm just puttering around."  I never quite knew what she was really doing, but now I think I do because.......I've been puttering around.

I've been working on a round robin that I'm in, but I can't show you the quilt I have because our group keeps it all secret until we reveal and give our quilts back to their owner at our Dear Jane quilt retreat in November. 

I had a hard time finding Patriotic fabric last week to do the pillowcases from my last blog post, so I bought plenty so I could have some to do a few blocks for the Quilts of Valor Heartstrings project.  You can visit Mary's blog to see some of the quilts that she has quilted.  They are just gorgeous. I've also found a Facebook page for a Quilts of Valor group right here in Indiana. 

Here is my first block:

I've been making some 2" finished half square triangles.  Here is part of another scrap quilt I've been working on.

Our quilt guild needs 80 preemie quilts every month to supply two hospitals with needed quilts.  Guild members help to provide these quilts.  The basic size requested is 16" X 16" or somewhere close to that.  These quilts can't be too heavy so just a cotton top with a soft flannel backing is fine.  They can be either finished envelope style or have traditional binding.  The guild even says this is a good time to practice your machine quilting...I'll be making more of these so I can keep practicing.  Here is one that I've been working on. I just need to hand sew the binding.  This started out as a split 4 patch that went wrong, but I know that a tiny baby and Mother will love it just the same. 

I hope you are all finding some time to stitch today. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 


Janet O. said...

Whenever I am reading your blog I have to watch the slide show of your quilts. They are all so beautiful!
I like both of your scrappy blocks.
It is good of you to be involved in these projects that give to others. My two-year-old grandson was a 3 lb. preemie. Many groups gave time and gifts to support the parents, and I know how much it meant to my daughter and her husband at such an emotional time.

Brenda Kay said...

I like the word puttering, I always say I am piddlin' when DH ask what I'm doing. Your scrappy squares are great. I was just making some patriotic strings yesturday. I plan to make a table runner for my sister whn we visit this 4th of July.

Staci said...

I have times like this to. Puttering is a good way to describe it. Little of this, little of that. String blocks take a surprising amount of time, don't they? When I haven't made one for a while, I kind of forget that. Simple sewing, but lots of stop and go. Love them, though!

QuiltSwissy said...

Well, you know I had to come see YOUR blog! LOL. Love the pillow cases and the QOV strings. I need to use up some scraps and that might just be the ticket!

glen in Louisiana

Barb in Mi said...

There should be more of puttering in this world - and people would probably be happier! Love your preemies and pillow cases posted earlier.
Happy puttering!

Karen said...

I love to putter around!!!! The scrappy half square triangles are fun and the preemie quilt is so soft and pretty. Love how you quilted it.

Jeanne said...

Productive puttering! The strippy blocks are so fun to make. Love the HSTs, too. Did you get to the Quilt Festival in Shipshe?

merumo said...

Fun and yummy blocks you are playing with!

Connie said...

I just love the look of the scrappy block. The other photos are good too. :)
The UM church I used to attend also had a bell choir, I considered joining but never did.

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