Week in Review August 10, 2014

Slow week. I think my students made more progress than I did.

I can say I happily finished piecing this veteran lap quilt at my sew in on Friday night. 1-DSCN7796I also cut more sets for more stars…

1-DSCN7837Did some more quilting on this…2-DSCN7841I’m hoping my choice of top color (matched on the back) turns out to be a good decision for the back. Rolled up it doesn’t look too bad.

I brought this home from work since I hate working on it, and I rarely get away from my desk at lunch. I’m hoping working on it while watching TV (which is also rare) will finally result in a finish. 4-DSCN7844

I’m taking this into work, hoping it will give me incentive to take a break…DSCN4152What are you working on this week?

Looking forward to a new day on the Journey, Jackie


Veteran Sew-in August 2014

Last night’s sew-in, Linda and Ann knew exactly what to do….4-DSCN7784so I was able to work on my quilt and get the top pieced!!!1-DSCN7796Ann is on the home stretch with her binding….3-DSCN7789And Linda did some previewing of her strip blocks….2-DSCN7790There may have only been 3 of us, but we made great progress!

Thanks Ladies for the company, goodies, conversation and friendship.

Sharing my passion on the Journey, Jackie


Week in Review May 4, 2014

Quilted swirls on this veteran lap quilt made by Ann. 2-DSCN6857Sewed these at work on my Bernina win.1-DSCN6869

Practiced using my seam ripper to eliminate an over-zealous attempt at practicing with circles.

1-DSCN6844Much better results.


Waiting for the right time to take pictures of Scrapitude finish.1-DSCN6172

A little progress on selvage edge squares.

13-DSCN6622In the hand sewing area I started the white border on my doll quilt and some fussy cut 1/2 inch hexagons.

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What results did you have this week?

Plodding along, on the Journey, Jackie

We Honor Veteran’s April’s Quilts

This month Ann, Marji and Rosie worked on their quilts with an additional little helper, Noah. Noah and his sister Grace were spending the night. Grace helped make the cookies for our event and Noah wanted to make a quilt.

I set him up with 8 1/2 inch squares, and he sewed 5 pairs together. The rest we will work on another time.



Ann finished piecing a strip quilt. It will be added to my stack of quilts for the long arm.:)

7-DSCN64764-DSCN6486Rosie’s quilt is slowly coming together. I expect that next time she’ll finish the top.1-DSCN6483 5-DSCN6482

Marji added a border to her strip quilt so next time she will be ready to quilt it. 6-DSCN64811-DSCN6491Check out the We Honor Veteran’s organization over here or my page with details on our local efforts.

Grateful on the Journey, Jackie

July Veteran Quilt Sew In

There were 4 of us and while few in number we made a dent on the veteran quilts.

Ann started a new one:

July 2013 Sew In And really sent to town:July 2013 Sew InKathy was trimming, cutting and preparing binding:

July 2013 Sew In

 Working with Mary on applying her binding:

July 2013 Sew In

July 2013 Sew InI even had a chance to sew:

July 2013 Sew In

Taking a look at Ann’s progress:July 2013 Sew In

Our goal is to have another 12 lap quilts by this Veteran’s day.

Ladies, we need a name for ourselves. Any ideas?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie



Two Starts and Two Finishes

I am one to have several projects going at once at various stages. That allows me to choose based on time availability, particular interest at the time, or succumb to my attention span issues.

I actually get panicky if I am finishing up a project or two and don’t have others beyond the mental planning stages.

I was starting to get to that panic phase as I finished up another leader/ender Veteran quilt:

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and Grace’s Birthday quilt (more on this one later):

Grace Quilts

While it may not sound like it is a positive thing to panic over a hobby, I am finding that it helps me get past the planning stage. I tend to get stuck there. Afraid to plunge in. I guess that means I am more afraid of not having a project to work on, than I am of making that commitment and cutting into fabric for the first time.

So I started cutting on my Black, White and Red Quilt:

Black Red & White Quilt

and my Hope quilt:

Hope Quilt

Long weekend ahead, so hopefully that means extra sewing time…….

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

Veteran Quilt Sew-in May

Once a month several women show up to sew lap quilts for the veterans in a local hospice facility. I started this a year ago when a chaplain in the facility asked me if I would make a quilt to donate. I thought sure, but after giving it some thought, I decided to open up my studio to others who may also be willing to help regardless of their sewing skill. More on the organization and our progress can be found on the “We Honor Veterans” page.

Typical of the group some fun statements emerge as we sew and since our quote queen was also present…..

“My mom would be proud to see me use an iron, but don’t tell her I …..”

“It’s a good thing fabric is so “fixable.”

“How did I manage to do that?”

Whoa…. slow down (talking to the sewing machine):

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Okay now, stay, stay, please stay flat (pressed seam):

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“No hurry on my account, I’m more than happy to have a Hershey Kiss break:

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Is this the mushy stuff you put in the middle?:

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I think with practice, piecing could be my favorite part:

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And more pictures:

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Veteran Quilts May

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And because every classroom has one:

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Enjoy the Journey, Jackie