Posts Tagged ‘Quilt of Valor’

A New Start

October 29, 2014

It looks like I really did abandon the jazz project. I decided to consider my options for a new start while finishing up a few projects, including the quilt of valor.

Bordered, quilted and bound

Bordered, quilted and bound

Not long ago, Cloth Paper Scissors Today ran an article on doing self-portraits (click here). I decided to give that technique a try and see if it would help me resurrect the jazz project.

The plastic is on top of the mirror

The plastic is on top of the mirror

The idea is to use a piece of plastic and a mirror to trace your own face. Turns out that’s harder than you might expect, especially if your eyesight is as bad as mine. You’re supposed to get real close to the mirror and use one eye to draw the contours of your face. That means taking off my glasses and remembering which eye has the worst problem with astigmatism. I managed something of an outline, which you are then supposed to use from the opposite side so your self-portrait is the way other people see you. This is my first attempt on fabric.

Scary enough for a Halloween mask

Scary enough for a Halloween mask

It’s not what I would call jazzy, but I have some embellishments that I can bead with jingly-jangly stuff – which will fit the Challenge alphabet project using a “j” word.

I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, however, so once again I decided to consider my options while working on something else. Here is where I started:

A first draft

A first draft

Here is where I ended.

The finished project

The finished project

I turned it around to see what it looked like in different orientations, and I decided I could call it “Jog” – as in, be careful of that jog in the road or you’ll end up going the wrong way. If you squint, the interrupted line sort of looks like a “j” (one of the rules is to have your letter incorporated on the surface in some way). At any rate, that’s what I’m going to tell folks just in case I don’t finish the jazz project in time and have to use this for my challenge.

Luck and wisdom!

Small Quilts, Large(ish) Stash

October 1, 2014

The Challenge project for this month commemorates the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, and includes a size requirement – at least 42″ on a side. “Self,” I said, “if you make the project a little larger you can turn it into a Quilt of Valor donation. You have too large a stash to make only small quilts.” Turns out, there’s a reason I make small quilts.

One more border, then backing and quilting

One more border, then backing and quilting

Large quilts are a pain in the patoot. And the shoulders, and the arms and hands. Slinging around long strips, cleaning off the ironing board to press the thing properly – yowza! I much prefer the elegantly tiny postcard quilt my friend Thea McCurry sent me.

Thea McCurry's creation

Thea McCurry’s creation

However, thanks to the excellent taste of the quilt store owners in my area, I have a lot of fabric to go through.

The purple drawer

The purple drawer

So, do I make myself a dozen more tote bags, blanket the country with postcard quilts, or stop my whining and make a few more large quilts to give away?

Luck and wisdom!