Weekend Project

You know what I’m avoiding doing, right?  Let’s not talk about it any more.  The path is big enough that Chad can get to his room without fear of injuring himself and that’s what really matters.  You see . . Chad doesn’t like for me to mention him on my blog.  I don’t think he really cares but I think it’s all an effort to be disagreeable with mom.  So, I won’t go into a lot of details . . use your imagination.  He wanted the downstairs clean.  His room is spotless.  His bathroom sparkles!  He cleaned his car . . like went to the car wash and piad $$ to clean it.  He vacuumed it.  He polished it.  He left here about noon to go with his best friend and his new wife, and another girl to go out to dinner in a far away city.  Far away being less than 100 miles.  If you’re a mom,  you know that the more you say about something, the less likely it is to happen but I like this girl a whole lot.   Enough said.

I can only iron fabric for so long and then I have to stop and play with it .. cut it and sew it.  I’ve ironed as much fabric as I can iron this month.  It’s now time to stop and play.

Then I saw on Alycia’s blog that she’s (1) collecting more quilts for injured soldiers.  Read about how many she’s already collected!  And, (2) she’s having a quilt along.  Get in on it if you have time.

I have this little quilt design that’s been sitting in EQ waiting to be made so I think I’m going to sew it up in patriotic fabrics this weekend.


It’s simple, simple!  And, if someone else has a similar or exact pattern, I didn’t copy it!  It’s just three rails with a frame, with blocks turned alternating horizontal and vertical.

This is the block:


I’m going to make my three strips 2.5″ finished so I’ll cut two ecru sttrips and one blue strip at 3″.  Sew them together and then cut them into 8″ segments.


Then I’ll frame them with blue strips (or red, depending on which blocks I’m working on) that finish at 1″.  Two strips will be cut 1-1/2″ x 8″ and two will be cut 1-1/2″ x 10″.  This will result in a 9-1/2″ finished or 10″ unfinished block.

I’m going to set mine with 5 blocks across and 7 blocks up and down.  Here’s the size of the borders I’ll add to end up with a top that’s 62″ x 81″.

Border #1 – Ecru – Cut 1-1/2″

Border #2 – Navy – Cut 2″

Border #3 – Ecru – Cut 2-1/2″

Border #4 – Navy – Cut 3-1/2″.

Anyone want to join me in working on one of these to send to Alycia?



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    I like it! I wish I didn’t have other stuff to do this weekend or I’d join you. But I will be too busy cleaning your sewing room.

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    Jo says

    I’m working on 9 patches for a swap, and most of my civil war fabrics are Red/OffWhite/Blue. I may not have enough blocks for your setting, but I should be able to contribute something decent.

    On anoter note, my company is gathering items this month to send to women soldiers. Next week, I am giving my kids my lunch $ and my August mad $, to shop for things for these gals. I’ll happily brown bag for the month, and I think the kids need this kind of activity.

    Is the sewing room getting clean? Maybe we need a group send in of best sewing organization tips?

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    Very nice design….simple and good contrast…works for me. And….if Chad has a path to his room, that is sufficient. Besides…another few weeks and he will be back to school…..and then he won’t be home on weekdays to make any comments about how things aren’t as tidy as he’d like!!!

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    Lydia says

    I can’t make one this weekend, I’ll be on the road. But I’m in the process of finishing up (quilting and binding) 12 tops out of my stash to send to Alycia.

    I have lots of red and blue bought for more QOV type projects, and I like your design, so I’m certain I’ll make one at some point. Thanks for sharing — it’s simple, and will go quickly, but it’s a really nice effect.

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    Oh Juy you hit me where it counts, LOL. Earlier this week I cut a bunch of white into 3 inch wide strips for sashing and have lots left over, I found a couple different redish pieces and blues, and guess what! I got home at 10:30 from judging and read your blog, now I have all the rail fence blocks pieced, LOL….I just started cutting the framing strips, seems like I am i the home stretch with only a couple hours working on this! You are so bad I have so many other quilts to complete.

    Jay in Nebraska

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    Laura says

    I sent two quilts to Camp Lejune for QOV earlier this year. Thanks for the easy design. I will certainly use it for my next quilt. Laura

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    pdudgeon says

    i’m working on another project this weekend, but i copied out the directions. with just a slight change in the strip sizes i can make this from a jelly roll and a honey bun!
    thanks again, Judy for another great pattern!

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    Robbie says

    Love your design! It is simple and looks to be great when you need a quick quilt! Thanks for entertaining all of us with your quilting stories, chicken stories, and life in general. I always look forward to reading your blog!!

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    Love your QOV pattern! I am definitely adding it to my packet that I hand out to anyone who is willing to help me in my own Patriotic Heartstrings Quilting Project.

    If you’re on the Pacific side of the US, I would dearly love any readers who have patriotic quilts or quilt tops or even just the blocks …of any size (any red/white/blue patriotic varieties) to send them over this away and I will make sure they get put right into the arms of a returning soldier at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.

    All of our quilts are made for soldiers injured in Iraq or Afganistan and a thank you note said that soldiers who never shed a tear while in battle, can cry like babies when a quilt is placed in their arms.

    Judy, please add my name as someone to send quilts to..I’ve been having a harder time since the recession hit getting people to contribute.

    Even just quilt tops are fine, I can finish them off and machine quilt them to save on postage, if that’s a problem. But if you have a back or back fabric…it really helps if you send it, too!

    Thanks so much for reminding people that this is a need for quilts that never…unfortunately…seems to end.