One to go


Progress report…..Well; got 3 out of four borders on today.  Stopped at 3 because I was having a brain fade when it came to measuring the last border.  (Should be exactly like the top border…but hey…the brain quit!)

So; instead of letting my brain get the best of me, I decided to work on the USAF patches.  In the top BLUE cornerstones are Senior Airman stripes. One in each of the top corners. In the Blue squares at the middle of the border are Airman First Class stripes on each side.  In the red sashing,  in the middle column, you will see a name tape that says KING at the top and bottom of the quilt.  In the center red sashing is a tape that reads US Air Force.  These tapes are what are worn on an Air Force ABU uniform.    I’d forgotton how tough it was sewing those strips and uniform nametags.  I did put in a heavy duty (denim) needle in my machine before I started. You can hardly get a straight pin through the strips and name tapes.  The bottom border will have two blue cornerstones, like the top.  Those cornerstones will have AIRMAN stripes (commonly referred to as Mosquito Wings).

The red block in the center of the border at the top has initials JJ; and the red block for the center of the bottom border has the 3 little airplanes that I featured in yesterdays blog.  I think after a couple of cups of coffee in the morning, I should be able to build that border and get it on.

I spoke to my friend Susan today who asked me to make this quilt.  We talked a bit about how it should be labeled.  I think between her and I we will find a way to express our sentiments.

How do you label your quilts?

We decided to go with a flannel for the back of the quilt.  The fleece I bought is barely wide enough, and not long enough.  I refused to let that fleece limit me on this quilt….I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like, and once I let “go” in my head of the fleece, the quilt came together.  (Really should have made smaller blocks…but I LOVE this pattern.  )

So; now I will be shopping for flannel this week to finish this off.  (Unfinished dimensions are 58 x 70).  What  color flannel would you use?  The recipient is a little boy, almost a year old. My brain says blue.  (I planned to use the same blue in the cornerstones to bind the quilt — but I have been playing with the leftover fabrics and thought I might piece the binding with fabrics from the piecing).  Since there are so many shades of blue in this quilt, I was thinking I would love to find a “cloud flannel”.  Must be time to shop on line before I make the journey to the quilt shops.  My friend and I decided it would be better to do some quilting vs tying this quilt.  I think I will just do basic “stitch in a ditch” around the blocks.  Thoughts or comments are appreciated.

Since I played with my embroidery machine yesterday, I have been fooling around saving free designs. More about that on another day!


Notes:  CREDITS go to Aurifi l Designer Block of the Month;  March 2013: The Boxer Block by Jeni Baker @ In Color Order (note:  For any questions email: Visit for more patterns and tutorials. Visit for more block tutorials.  © 2013 Jeni Baker, In Color Order LLC

My not so pretty attempts at baby blankets…..looking back at 2008

In 2007, my new husband thought I should have a hobby.  He has two hobbies he is passionate about, and was not buying reading and gardening as sufficient for my hobbies.   As  over 50 newlyweds, we were talking about things we did in younger years for recreation and fun.  There was a time in my life while parenting & working that my focus was more on the family and less on myself.Years before, when the children were young, I had a sewing machine.  I did the mending, made a few curtains for the bedrooms and VW van, an apron or two, sundresses for toddlers, that sort of thing.    Life got busy, and the sewing machine landed in a hall closet on the floor, where it sat for at least 10 years, before it got dropped off at the local Salvation Army.  (Closet cleaning was good, right?)

So, for Christmas, he got me a lovely sewing machine. You see, we were newlyweds, and he thought that I should get to play at a hobby, just like he plays at his.  We had a new grandchild due not long after Christmas, so I thought I would use that new machine and make a baby blanket.  (Remember, I haven’t sewn in 2 decades at this point)


So, first attempt involved fleece on one side and satin on the other; and I tied it….I somehow knew that the two layers had to be secured together….

and then I thought, try again…….this time cotton fabric on the front



and a flannel back.  A little satin blanket binding (THANK GOODNESS for the internet for lessons in attaching binding!)

and then I found some Prequilted panels….so all I had to do was add the binding!

So, I thought, wow…this is great…simple and quick!


And so, the little grandson got his first couple of baby blankets from Grandma…and I was convinced I could keep on sewing.  Along the way, our pastor at church was working on QUILTS for our graduates.  He stood up in front of the congregation one Sunday, holding up a zip lock bag full of 8 1/2 inch squares….so, I took one.  He gave me great instructions….

“Quarter inch seam allowance; alternate with a neutral block; 8 across and 10 down”.  “Bring it back when you are finished”.

Well…there begins my real quilt adventure…..