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Quilt of Valor – Eagle Squares

Moving on to the next Quilt of Valor, each one has been unique and interesting.  This one had foundation pieced stripes on a muslin base, alternating those squares with an eagle print.  I was concerned that the difference in weight between the squares might make quilting a challenge.  I laid it on the longarm bar to check the size of the backing and batting.  The batting is Warm and Natural all cotton.  It was nice that this piecer did a good job on her borders.

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The stripes had to be precise so that they would seem to move behind the eagle print squares. Foundation piecing made sense for this. But the difference in weight between the muslin backed squares and the others was noticeable.

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I loaded it on the longarm, and chose a lighter color thread than I usually choose to use.   I picked a lighter ecru color Essentials thread, with the same thread in the bobbin.

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The backing fabric was a light beige, and anything dark would show every little wobble or glitch. I don’t plan to do that but it usually happens anyway. The first pass across the quilt did nicely, thank heaven no tension issues with this one.

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That was a relief, as it was very apparent to me with the additional drag on the machine when I was stitching in the striped blocks. Quilting on the eagle print squares had less drag, so I tended to speed up just a tiny bit. I think the stitching does the best when I can maintain a consistent speed in movement of the machine.

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Still, it really didn’t seem to matter, the stitching was good over the stripes too.  The pantograph is called Fascination by Lorien Quilting for Willow Leaf Studios, designed by Hermione Agee.

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Looking at the two different blocks after quilting, side by side,  the size is pretty consistent.  The stitches get a bit longer when I am changing directions, so I adjusted the cruise to a higher speed to compensate.

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Going over the borders, the thread color blended well.

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The seams where the corners joined had some excess bulk due to the extra muslin layer. It would have been better to clip out some of this excess muslin before sending it for quilting. But, I just tried to do my best.  Here you can see the rounded seam and a bit of gathering in the blue on the left.

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Most of the time I was lucky and the stitching line on the pantograph went around the point where there was extra bulk.

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But you can see how the extra fabric in the seam allowance makes that point pop up a bit where four blocks come together.

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It quilted quickly, and I trimmed it before folding it up to add to the shipment back to the guild.

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As usual, I learn something with every quilt. This one taught me that differences in block weight didn’t make a difference in the stitches, but I should trim excess foundation from the joining seams where possible. I have a couple of friends with longarm machines helping me with these, but I still have several more to show you. I’ll get to most of them between the end of August and through September. I am working on doing another Autumn Jubilee in October, and I already have some fantastic plans in the works. More on that later!

What are you working on? Have you ever done a quilt with foundation piecing?

 

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The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

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The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

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I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

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Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

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Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

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More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

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Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

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My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

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A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

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So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

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So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

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Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

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Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

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While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!


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Let’s Talk About Pillows

When was the last time you bought yourself a new pillow for your bed? I asked this question of some friends recently, and their responses were much the same as mine – years.  We all know about dust mites, and keeping our bedding clean, vacuuming the mattress from time to time, but I’ll bet most of you, like me, don’t think about the pillows much.  Change the pillow cases, wash the covers, and wash the pillows if you can.  I have foam pillows which are next to impossible to wash, but I can put them in the dryer now on high heat for 15 minutes to kill the mites.  Problem is I forget to do that every three to six months as recommended.   Down pillows are the worst for growing mites, and it seems that the newer latex and memory foam is the best for keeping those colonies down.  There was a great sale at a local department store over the July 4th weekend, and I am sure that there will be good ones coming up for the next holiday. So think about getting yourself some new pillows.  Now, decide which of the old ones can go between your bed and the guest bed.  But, don’t throw them away, make these really super fast dog beds.  I cleaned the pillows as best I could in the mud sink with a brush and soapy water (they won’t do in my low water washer), dried them in the dryer to get them as fresh as possible.

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Then, I purchased some pillowcases at the thrift store for $1 each. I brought them home and washed them. Inserting a pillow, I simply topstitched the opening closed. Assembly time less than five minutes.

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Then, there was this fabric in the stash. I got it because of the light pink part, never opened it up to see the border print. Now it is in the ‘what was I thinking?’ pile.

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I put the pillow on the fabric and cut a piece large enough to cover it, folded it right sides together, then serged the sides. Sewing would work just as well, but I need to use the serger to keep it working well.

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The pillow was inserted, and the end was sewn shut by turning under the raw edge and topstitching.

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This took 15 minutes total. I don’t think the shelter dogs will care about the color.

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One of the pillowcases was a king size pillowcase in flannel with a large, thicker piece on the end. So, I cut that off to make the case a better size for the pillow.

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I turned the raw edge under….

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and topstitched it just like the others. The flannel slid around a bit, so I pinned this edge.

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Donated to an outlying shelter that has little support, five dog beds made quick and easy.  Making all these beds took about an hour total sewing time.  Add a bit for the cleaning and drying, but all in all a very fast project.

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So, now you can have some fresh pillows for your bed, and the dogs get new beds too.  Nothing goes to the landfill.  How long has it been since you got a new pillow?

 

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The Safelight Project Update

The response to the Safelight project idea has just been incredible, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post. Thank you so much to everyone that has participated, with cards and donations for the gift bags.  I have begun assembling the bags, and want to show you were we are at this point.  I do need to apologize, I must have hit a wrong button and my first paragraphs of this post’s draft posted to the site last Thursday. I immediately took it down, and I apologize for the mis-post. A few days after the first post, I purchased the tote bags, removing the labels and opening them up all over the office floor.

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Taking what funds I had at the end of that week, I went to the stores and found lots of things to begin filling the bags. I got pretty hairbrushes with flower handles, hand lotion, facial peel off masks, perfumes, shower gels, scrubbies, and gel eye coolers.

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I found hair treatments, and neutral color eye shadows too.

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I also did several hypoallergenic bags for those with perfume and fragrance sensitivities. At the thrift store (unbelievably!) there were some full size, brand new, Avon products for just $1 each – I bought them all!

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Then, like handing out trick-or-treat goodies, I began filling the bags with goodies.

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I want to publicly thank the donors, each and every 1/2 bag, whole bag and multiple bags sponsored made a difference. I won’t tell you who the two gold star donors are, but they donated $50 each to get this project well underway. With the mail from Friday, promises of checks yet to be received, and a couple of donations from the mis-post, the financial goal has been exceeded for the project!!  If any additional funds come in next week, I’ll put them to making up additional bags for future residents.

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.

I have responded personally to every donation I have received. If you see your name above, but you didn’t get an email from me, check your spam folder. If you made a donation, and you have not received an acknowledgement from me, and you don’t see your name above, I didn’t get it.  Sometimes the long email address doesn’t get transcribed exactly right, and you know how computers can be.  Let me know in an email or a comment if this is the case, and we’ll try to resolve it.

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I have to tell you all a quick story that just shows how wonderful people can be. While I was checking out at the Dollar store with over 100 items, a lady came up to stand behind me in line.  I apologized to her for holding her up as the checker had already begun before she got in line.  The checker was curious as to why I was buying multiples of so many things.  I told the checker about the project as she was ringing up the sale. When she told me the total, I felt a tap on my shoulder. The total stranger behind me was holding out a $20 bill, and said “I want to help you with that.” I was absolutely blown away. All she would tell me was that her first name was Lisa. So, Lisa, even though you may never see this, I am so grateful for your kindness.

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My friend Sam brought over boxes of items to add to the bags, toothbrushes and combs, nail files and razors, deodorant and soaps.  Each bag got two or three of each of these items, and there are still some left over that I’ll take with me to the shelter.  They can use some of these items for the kids, and the rest can be stored for future needs.

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The creativity in the cards coming in is just awesome. The first package from Lenora arrived just days after the Safelight Project post, and contained 16 unique cards with such creativity!

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Inside, Lenora put several different sentiments, all very inspiring! I really like how she signed her cards – ” A Friend You Haven’t Met!”

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Then, she used a great stamp for the outside of the envelopes and decorated those with stickers too.

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Gorgeous cards, here are a few more of her designs.

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I was inspired by her cards, and went to the stamping workbench to create a few more for the project. Remember my sunshine box from my friend Val? These daisies came from that box, and I hope they will bring that sunshine to the women. I stamped a bluebird of happiness on textured cardstock, and a Happiness Always greeting. The trim on the bottom is washi tape.

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I found the perfect sentiment stamp in the box of goodies given to me by reader Katie. Thanks again, Katie!  I signed the cards “Someone Who Cares.”

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On the back, this stamp was cute, and left my name off.

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I decorated the envelopes too.

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Then I stamped this design for another purpose, and made a second one for the Safelight bags.  Inside it has my sentiment from the first post on the project.

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Karen T. sent in products for the bags, some Mary Kay lip and eye crayons along with some makeup items. Thanks so much, Karen, these will add a lovely touch to some of the bags. I put them in the bags with the hypoallergenic items as those had fewer items per bag. I was able to find sensitive skin unscented shower gel and lotions, but no makeup items, and of course, no perfume. It really helped to balance out the bags so the scent free ones were just as fun as the rest.

Karen's Mary Kay donation

Danice made these lovely cards, using the sentiment from my post inside. Thank you, Danice, for blogging about the project as well! She sent an email that she is sending six more cards that should arrive next week too!

Danice's cards

Then, a dozen cards arrived from Carol L, beautifully done.

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Each and every one has a unique, handwritten message inside. Truly stunning, and once again I was just blown away.

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Jennie’s cards arrived on Friday, how lovely!

Jennie's Cards

I love what she did inside too.

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The cards are truly the most important piece of this project and without your help, I’d be gluing my own fingers together by now. The inspirational messages will help these women so much, to feel better, to believe in themselves, and to have hope for the future. If you are counting, you’ll notice that we made the goal of 35 cards, but will be using a few more for the extra bags that can be done from the extra donations received.  Any additional cards received will be given to the shelter for future needs.  Here is one of the bag assortments after week one of shopping.  The roll of tissue contains a nail polish, wrapped to keep it from breaking in the bag.

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At the second trip to the stores, I found a pedicure set and got more nail polish so every bag has these items.

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Several of you have asked about sewing projects, and I do have a couple of things in mind. More cards will be appreciated for holidays coming in a few months. I will look around when I deliver the bags and see what may be needed or appreciated, and we can do another project later in the year.

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The drawings for the prizes will be in early August, with the winners notified by email. One question I got privately, but want to answer publicly is regarding the gift card prize. The MasterCard Gift Card prize is not being funded by donations, it is coming out of a points program I have on my personal credit card. So, all your donations, every penny, will go to the gift bags. I’ll draw a couple of days past the postmark date of August 1 so everyone has a chance. You get one entry for each card sent, and one entry for every $5 donation.

Stampin’ Up has provided this wonderful prize for someone making cards for the project.  Visit Stampin’ UP to find a demonstrator near you.  This company has the BEST stamping supplies!

So, that is where the project stands at this time.  It is almost complete!  I am still going to wait until August 1 to draw the prizes as I know of at least a couple of things still coming.  I’ll bring you another update when the delivery is made in early August.  Thank you all for your wonderful support of this project!

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The Safelight Project with chances for you to win!

Recently I had a very nice conversation via email with a lady named Laresa about our local women’s shelter and crisis intervention services.  Safelight incorporates many services for domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims providing counseling, case management, court advocacy, support groups and job training under one umbrella organization.  One of their services, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence has undergone some changes in the past year.  I had a few small items I could donate to the women at the shelter, but the more I thought about this, the more I came to realize how meaningless my little gesture would be.  So, I have hatched a plan.  Here is where you come in, dear reader, I cannot do what I have in mind by myself.  I need your help.  There are two ways for you to help plus you’ll have an opportunity to win some great prizes by helping me to provide gift bags like these to 35 residents.

Safelight Project Gift Bag

First, I’d like to invite my stamping and card making readers to make some cards of encouragement and support for these ladies. Something that says “you are worth it”. Cards that are heartening and supportive. Make several in the same design, or use different designs, it is up to you.

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The only request is to keep them uplifting in tone, and not to use a religious theme as there are many different religions represented in the residents, and we won’t know who is getting what.  Inside the card you can hand write, stamp, or use your computer to make an uplifting message.  You could copy a poem, make up your own sentiment, or say something like this on the inside (feel free to copy this if you like) –

“As you go through this time of change,
know that you are important and valued.
You deserve to be happy and safe.
Good luck with your future plans.”

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Sign the card as you like – either “A friend who cares” or something similar, your first name or whatever you are comfortable signing.  Mail your completed cards to me with an envelope for each one addressed only as “For You”.  At least 35 cards are needed for now, and any additional will be saved for future residents, as (unfortunately) there are new residents regularly.  You can look to the designs on this post for inspiration, and for even more inspiration, see the blogs of two stamping friends who have graciously agreed to show designs and ideas for this event.

Start Where You Are designed by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings

Heather’s blog, Heather’s Creative Blessings has some wonderful ideas, and is posting today for this event. She does beautiful cards of encouragement every month.   Her ideas are just so perfect for this purpose, check out her post today –“You Are Worth It”.  You can click on the card above and the ones below for her individual posts on these uplifting messages.

You Are Capable of More Than You Know by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings   NeverGiveUP

Then check out Heidi’s blog for her post today for the Safelight project – My Little Stamping Blog. Heidi has so many wonderful ideas, and is also helping to spread the word for this charity event. Here is one of her cards, One Sip At A Time, click on the picture to see her post on this inspirational card.

One Sip at a Time designed by Heidi at My Little Stamping Bloc

I’ve created a Flickr group for you to share your designs.  Click on Safelight Project Flickr Group to see others and comment, and upload your designs for sharing.

Floral card

If you are not a stamper, you can still be a part of this project.  I need 70 sponsors to fund the cost of one-half of one bag and all the goodies inside.  That will be $5 per bag, with each bag having 2 sponsors.  This will purchase a reusable tote bag plus 8-9 full size items for inside such as nice hand lotion, mud mask, hair treatment, nail polish, a book or a puzzle, bath gel, new hairbrush, makeup, lip gloss and similar items as available.  See the picture at the top of the post for an idea of what they will look like.  Think of as a day spa in a tote, something to pamper these brave women who have taken an important step to independence, while giving them a bit of encouragement.

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For every bag sponsored and card sent in, you will be entered into drawings for some wonderful prizes!!

First up, for everyone sending handmade cards in the USA, you’ll get one entry per card for this spectacular set of cardmaking supplies from Stampin UP!  Thanks so much to Rachel at the Stampin’ Up corporate office for providing this fantastic prize!   Click on the link to find a Stampin UP! demonstrator near you.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit contains –
* Folded card sizes: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 cm x 14 cm), 3-1/2″ x 5″ (8.9 cm x 12.7 cm), 3″ x 3″ (7.2 cm x 7.2 cm)
* Includes set of 15 photopolymer stamps, clear stamp block, 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes, giftable kraft box, die-cut accents, Stampin’ Spot, Baker’s Twine, washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Makes 20 cards–2 each of 10 designs–using the included Soft Sayings Stamp Set

All those sponsoring a half-bag, and international card making participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 MasterCard gift card  so you can spend it anywhere, provided by From My Carolina Home.  Sponsor a whole bag and get two entries!  So everyone has a chance to win!

The deadline for entering via sponsorship or card making is August 1st. 

At that point, I’ll do the drawings, complete the bags and deliver them.

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You can sponsor in two different ways, if you use Paypal, you can send your donation to my email {frommycarolinahome (at) gmail dot com} using the send money to a friend option.  If you are not a Paypal user, you can mail a check made out to me to my address.  Sponsor half a bag at $5, or a whole bag at $10, any help is appreciated.

Address to send cards or donations –
Safelight Project
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Can you help with this project for Safelight to encourage women who are changing their lives?

 

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Quilts of Valor – Diamonds

Loading the next Quilt of Valor, this one is a really nice diamond pattern. The red, white and blue prints go really well together. The pattern is so simple, just large half square triangles arranged in a nice pattern with red squares.

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Loading it on the longarm, ready to begin quilting. I auditioned thread, and decided on red for a bit of punch on the white areas.

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This one had a different issue that I have frankly never seen before. The middle border is larger than the outer border.

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I think part of the reason that this happened, is the quilter used bias seams in the borders. I have no idea why piecers do this. You need a bias seam in binding, but not in borders. Using straight border seams to join border strips will result in a more stable border, just like piecing the blocks.

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Luckily, a bit of stretching of the final border and steaming the middle border flattened it out for easier quilting. I stitched the edges down to hold it in place.

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The backing gave me a bit of a fit in the quilting process. These raveling edges produced strings that got wrapped around the encoder wheels on the longarm machine head, and made a mess with the quilting. There was a section I had to take out, as the machine started skipping stitches and not sewing at all while I moved the head. When the encoders don’t spin, the machine doesn’t stitch. If you have a backing like this, pink the edges to prevent the raveling.

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With this linear pantograph, it was so obvious when a glitch happened.

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The pantograph is a modern design called Contempo by Lorien Quilting. I thought it would be suitable for a more masculine design.

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It does well with the backing too, a perfect starry print for this QOV.

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Aurifil in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, made for subtle quilting.

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Here’s a closer look at the corner.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Once again, my favorite thing to do is pick threads that show in the backgrounds of the piecing and blend with the colors in the quilt top.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Even though the pantograph is quite linear, I think it works well with this design.  So, all done and ready to give back to the piecer for binding.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

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Quilting the On-Point Quilt

Quilting this violet and green on-point setting quilt was finished on a rainy afternoon.  Outside is so much green now, and getting more green by the day.  I usually unplug the longarm during thunderstorms as I don’t fully trust the surge protector, but a light gentle rain makes for a cozy day in the basement to sew.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I did have a fix to make on the backing. I picked a big piece of dark green out of the stash, cut it in half and seamed it together  lengthwise to make it wide enough. Unfortunately, there was this little bite out of one edge.  Naturally I didn’t find it until the other side and the rest of this side was pinned to the leaders.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

This is a problem when loading a backing on a longarm. That unsecured edge will allow the backing edge to sag and create an uneven pull across the backing, that might result in puckers or pleats on the back. So, I pinned a bit of fabric in the open space to allow the edge to be secured to the leader. Pinning was enough, I didn’t need to take it off and sew this little patch in.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

So all loaded, and now to do the stand and stare. I was thinking that it would really be special to quilt feather wreaths in the solid purple print squares, and some other freehand motifs in the four patches.

On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Ultimately I went with a pantograph again.  I had two more quilts in the queue and needed to get this one done and off the frame.  The pantograph has a feather design, and looked nice in the border squares.  I used a darker thread to make the quilting pop in the light areas.  An adjustment to the bobbin tension after this row tightened up the stitches.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then in the purple print, it made a nice texture.  I used polyester thread on the top in a golden brown, and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The batting is Warm and Natural.  The pantograph is called Feelin’ Groovy designed by Michelle Wyman and Terri Watson of Heart and Soul Quilts, and sold by Willow Leaf Studio.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The darker thread color shows nicely in the white.  I like the density of this pantograph too.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Finishing up the quilting, the feather design quilts up nicely.

On Point Charity Quilt Finish at From My Carolina Home

Cutting off the excess after the quilting was complete, the dark green had enough left over to make binding.

Quilting On Point Charity Quilt at From My Carolina Home

And, all done, ready to donate.

On Point Charity Quilt Finish at From My Carolina Home

Now, I just need to decide where it will go. It is lap quilt size, so it could go to either the senior center or the chemo center. It might come down to which friend comes over next, LOL!!

On Point Charity Quilt Finish at From My Carolina Home

I have another QOV to do, and one for a foster care center, both large quilts that will take some time.  Luckily, they both will use pantographs too.  I’ll show those to you soon.

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