FREE PATTERN: Love My Hero (Quilting Treasures)

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well!  May is Military Appreciation Month!  If your family is/was one, please know that my family appreciates you.

I am happy to share with you another Quilt of Valor free-to-use pattern to bless a service member!  This star quilt is designed using Quilting Treasures’ Love My Hero fabrics.  Click here to view the fabric range.  You might notice the star block I used is another variation of my favorite sawtooth star block!  I just can’t help it… ha!

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a kit to replicate the quilt!

Click here to down load pattern instructions.

Some of you probably remember this picture from a couple of years ago… but this is one of my favorites!  On his way back from work, a soldier-gentleman took the time to stop, smile and look a child in the eye.  He patiently answered her questions, and totally made her day!

Thank you to all the servicemen who serve with valor, and their very courageous families!  May prayers and safe travels always follow you, wherever you are and wherever you go!

Please feel free to share any stories you might have related to Military Appreciation.  I should dearly like to read them.


My 2017 Line-up

Editorial Feature

American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017):  Close Quarters (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Pound of Sugar (Cover Quilt)

Fons & Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2017): Cozy Castles

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): Village Square (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (May/June 2017): County Fair

McCall’s Quick Quilts (Feb/March 2017):  I’m Blue For You

McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2017): Stamp Pad

Quiltmaker (May/June 2017): Highland Roses


Free-to-use Design

Jan 2017:  Stars and Stripes Forever (Hoffman Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  HOPE (Windham Fabrics)

Jan 2017:  Bleecker Street (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Sheeps and Peeps (Quilting Treasures)

Feb 2017: Smarty Cats (Windham Fabrics)

Feb 2017: Wildwood Way (RJR Fabrics)

March 2017: Hamilton (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Vines (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Storybook Flannel (Windham Fabrics)

April 2017: Monroe (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017:  Not Your Garden Variety (Quilting Treasures)

May 2017: Love My Hero (Quilting Treasures)

Happy Independence Weekend!

“The Signing of the Declaration of Independence”, by John Trumbull, hangs in our dining room:

These men pledged their life, fortune and sacred honor for a cause greater than themselves. Generations of Americans owe them their utmost gratitude. For further reading, check out Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence:

Have an inspired Independence Weekend, everyone. May America bless God, and may God bless America! See you Monday.

Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord” – Psalm 33:12

Flying and Patriotic

Kari and Kijsa are hosting a “Fabulous Flag-Flying Fourth”. I only found this picture that was taken back in 2003 with the flag when we were snowed in:

I am grateful for the men who stayed and persevered in the bitter cold of Valley Forge during their winter encampment. Historical accounts found that they were in dire want – they were in want to clothing, shoes, and sustenance. Some marched without shoes, and their blood trailed after their path in the snow that covered the formidable terrain of Valley Forge during the winter. What courage, what sacrifice! No wonder, their general, Gen. George Washington, earnestly prayed for them and their cause in Valley Forge:

Plates and Patriotic

Dish-aholism and Patriotism find a common ground – PLATES!

The Independence Hall from the Staffordshire Liberty Blue Collection:

From the Bicentennial Collection by Royal Copenhagen, and Bing and Grondl:

My favorite, by Mottahedeh:

I hope your Tuesday is a blessed one, everyone!

Old World and Patriotic

In honor of America’s upcoming celebration of her independence, I thought this quilt is apt because of its colors. The center block has machine-embroidered motif with free-motion quilted background quilting:

I used a fabric that has the flavor of the “Old World patriotic look.” The sawtooth border was decided upon learning its popularity in 18-19th century pieced quilts. Perfect marriage of the two!!

Then I decided to try for the first time some free-handed feathers. I thought even if I messed up, the busy fabric would cover any unsightly quilting. But I was very pleased with the effect, and have since loved to free-hand my feathers for background quilting:

*** Happy Monday, Everyone! ***