Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day !!

Happy Veteran's Day to ALL of the vets out there that have so selflessly served our country!

Patriotic Quilt
I come from a military family ... my father served 29 years in the Army, retiring in 1982.  We are now in the long-goodbye with my dad as he bravely faces each day as an Alzheimer's patient.

Last weekend, my siblings & I came from a far and landed in Kansas City for a quick reunion with my parents.  I made this quilt for my dad for Veteran's Day and took it with me on the visit.  


The look on his face as he opened the quilt up ... thought about it for a minute ... and then remembered that I quilt ... and had made the quilt for him ... is a memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my days.

I saw the inspiration quilt on BHG several years ago and pinned it to my Pinterest page hoping to someday make a Quilt of Valor.  I think I found an equally good use for it this month.  

Instead of buying fabric, I bought 100% cotton shirts from Goodwill & Value Village.  In this quilt, I used 7 shirts.  I cut 5.5" squares, did some oversize blocks, two little flags and some appliqued stars on a few of the squares.  

I had a label made by Spoon Flower where I took a photo of my dad and I and then appliqued it onto the back.  
Quilt Label -- Patriotic Quilt

The quilt is 12 blocks wide by 16 blocks long making it ~54" x 72".  


 The weekend was a success ... with a good time had by all.


And my favorite photo of the weekend ...


Hope it's going well out there ...

All the best,
Lisa

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Another market tote

And yet another market bag ...


In Seattle, stores can no longer use plastic grocery bags and if you want a paper one, it costs a nickel.  A cloth shopping bag is more of a necessity than a nice to have here.

When I made my first version of this bag from Bijou Lovely's tutorial it was to use as a farmers market bag.  I have lost count of the number that I have now made as gifts.

I made one for my cousin's daughter who got married last year as a shower gift with a serving dish inside.  She reached out recently and asked if she could commission me to make one for her best friend who had frequently commented on it.  And that's the yellow one that you see above.

This week, I decided that I needed to have a new one for myself (never mind that I already have 3 that I can choose from) and I pulled this red chevron bag together for me ... it's bright, it's fun and I've already received a ton of compliments on it.


Sometimes it's just fun to treat ourselves!

Hope you're having a good week!

All the best
Lisa

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