Monday, May 31, 2010

Thank you!

Growing up as an army brat, I know the time, effort and sacrifices our military makes for us.  And I thank everyone of them for their service!

I spent a good part of yesterday and this morning working on the quilt for Judy's Memorial Day Challenge.  Once completed the quilt will go to one of our service men or women.  So it only seemed appropriate to work on it today.

Judy posted 7 steps to making this quilt and I just finished up step #3 this morning.  She provided a very handy fabric cheat sheet which has been helpful in making this quilt.  You just cut a small square of each of your fabrics and glue it to your guide.  That way as you work on each step, you don't mistake one fabric for another.  My light and medium blue fabrics are fairly similar and I would have mixed them up without this.

 Fabric cheat sheet

Step 1 consisted of making 104 - 3.5" HST units.  I used Triangle Paper to make the individual units.

Step 1 - 104 HSTs

Step 2 involved making 36 units consisting of a four patch, strips on 2 sides and a cornerstone.  I don't know if this block has a real name.  If it does, I don't know what it is.

Step 2 - 36 units

And step 3 combined the units from step 2, some of the HSTs from step 1 and some additional strips to make one of the main blocks in the quilt.  There are 18 of these blocks in the quilt.

Step 3 - 18 blocks

I've cut out the strips for step 4, but haven't started making the strip sets yet.  Her directions warn that there's a lot of sewing for this step so I don't expect to finish it today.  But hopefully I'll have a little more time this evening to work on it.  When this step is done, I'll have all the blocks completed for the center of the quilt.

The quilt top has to be completed by June 6th so I think I'm on track to finish it before then.  I'm enjoying working on it and I'm liking how the fabrics play with each other.

I'll end this post with a picture of my parents who visited this weekend.  My dad served in the Army - Special Forces for 23 years.  Thank you Dad!

Dad, Sam and Mom

Until later...

There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever. 
2 Corinthians 4:18 (MSG)

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