Thursday, August 25, 2016

Voting has begun!

Hi guys! Jackson here. I saw on my mom's computer that the voting for the Pets on Quilts voting has begun! My post is entry #11 in the category for Dogs on Quilts...ya know, just in case you were undecided...I'd love your vote!! 
Licks and cuddles given....

Pets on Quilts 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Archives #126: Houses

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This week's theme is: HOUSES!

This week I'm happy to highlight Ruth's "Modern Irish Bee" quilt above. Can you believe all these houses have  been created through a Bee?!?! You can see by her sketches the finishing touches she has planned for it and please click on over to her blog Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner to check out her entire post. Having never participated in a "bee" has me all curious if you ever put one together do let me know as I'd like to participate.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Operation Quilt" Recipient

Aughhh, a fresh cup of coffee and a quiet Sunday morning is exactly what I needed as I take a break from my "back to school" start-up. Especially since I've been wanting to share this wonderful thing that happened to my husband last month! As a quilter, we are always creating, donating and giving. Yet, to be on the recipient side is well, odd. And yet, when my husband enthusiastically came home one day upon receiving this surprise honor below, I just had to share how much our gifts of heart really can touch others lives. 
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This quilt below is one of over 6,000 that have been gifted since 9/12/2001 to Active Duty Military, Returning Wounded and Honorably Discharged from all engagements and branches. My husband served four years in the Navy right out of high school. With everything going on in the news against police across the county, our local chapter of the Operation Quilts wanted to honor all our law enforcement people who are Veterans. As you can imagine, all were speechless, even my husband who said: "Val, even though we have quilts all over the house, just knowing the time you spend on your quilts, made it so very flattering to think of these women  making a quilt just for me." He continued: "No offense babe, but this one is my most special." (No offense!)

The heart label is strategically placed in a non-traditional location so it will be close to their heart to bring comfort.  And when the women insisted that they USE their quilts, he found himself chuckling in thought of how many times he's heard me say that very same thing to people.

 All the supplies for the organization's quilts are obtained from donations.
Quilts are lap size, measuring 36"x 47" and have a cozy flannel backing.

I just love this hobby of ours and realize we are so lucky to give others the quilty hugs we do!
Next theme coming up: HOUSES
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday Archives #125: Hoops (use of)

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This week's theme is: Hoops (use of)

Our Finnish friend Teje always has the most wonderful projects, thus her blog was admittedly, the first one I went to this week to find a great highlight for the use of hoops. In today's highlight, Teje offers us a tutorial on using a hoop to create a cute Decorative Wall Hanging.  Hmmm...this might be the exact wall accent I need as I redecorate one of our extra bedrooms. Thanks for the inspiration Teje.
Embroidery Hoop Decoration

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pets of Quilts: JACKSON!

At the beginning of 2015 I made this fun pinwheel quilt from my scraps. When we took off for our summer vacation this year, I threw it in the car, unknowing that it was going to become Jackson's quilt for the entire two weeks! 

I caught him using it day... 

...and night. I was actually beginning to fear he'd put a hole in it as I watched him "paw in circles and dig" each evening to make his little cocoon shown below.  But hey! His nose is warm and we all know with our pups, THAT'S what really matters. LOL!!
Quite honestly though, I'm so grateful for him. Many of you know, he's an enthusiastic regular on my blog and well, he's been my quilty, empty nest buddy now for seven years! He is the most loyal dog I have ever had and in review, I noticed he has shown up in 58 posts thus far. (For as many of you also know, he thinks when I'm taking quilt pictures that I'm really just setting up his photo op.) Seriously! Click here  to see Jackson's modeling moments gone by. I can say I've never loved a dog as much as I love him. With that said, he is welcome to make any quilt in the house his own. 

Thank you to Lily Pad Quilting for this opportunity to highlight our pets!
This is truly one of the events I look forward to most as I love seeing all our pets gathered in one linky and reading how they too, touch your hearts and make your days better too. I hope you'll join us for this Annual Pets of Quilts event. Click here for the rules. Click here for the linky party.  Voting begins August 25th. I entered Jackson in the dog (pup) on quilt category...ya know, just in case you are looking for a cute pup to vote for. Smiles!!
Pets on Quilts 2016
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