Letting the Love Into a Thankful Quilted Heart

I and my family have been blessed.  Beyond comprehension, at times.  It is not easy for me to accept such kindness, from family, friends and secret gift-givers.

There are many people to thank for their gifts of quilted love that have been sent our way.  The best way I know to do this is to pay it forward, to others in need.

  • Since quilting is my passion, I first need to thank Linda at AbbiMays.com.  She keeps me supplied with fabric to make my quilted heart quilts.
  • To Alex at Aurifil, who has agreed to keep me in thread for some of my quilt projects at BOMquilts.com.
  • To Meloney Funk, who quilts many of my quilts and gifts others with her quilting expertise.
  • To Kathryn Rister, for her longarm quilting and her faith.
  • To the thousands of Facebook quilting friends who have blessed me with their creativity, their energy and sharing their passion of quilting with me.
  • To my foster mother, who wants to build us a sewing studio to separate my family from my quilting escapades and give us a separate place to share our love over quilting.  She is nearly as obsessed with quilting as I am, and that’s a wonderful thing!
  • To Electric Quilt, who makes my quilt designing life SEW much simpler!
  • And last but certainly not least, to the readers of this Quilt Therapy Blog – you make my blogging SO much more fun!

Thank you quilters.  Thank you.

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    Thanksgiving Quilted Heart

    This year, I watched many Facebook friends write a day’s worth of “thanks” leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I daresay, I’m one of those who gives thanks daily – regardless of a looming holiday.  I have a prayer list – one side of the list is people who I need to pray for and the other is a list of thanks to praise Him for.   I always say that I have a quilted heart.  It has been ripped out, shredded, hurt over-and-over again – but, with love and forgiveness, it has been stitched back together.  Certain folks need to hear that I am very thankful they are in my life, and in the life of our family:

    • My Creator, my Living God, my Rock – God the Father.  All thanks are His!
    • My life-long partner, my love, my caregiver – my husband.
    • To our four children – I never thought I’d have kids, but it’s the best job in the world, to be a Mother!
    • To my brothers, sisters-in-law and their families – thank you for letting me be a part of a family.  You are loved.
    • To my other families who raised me – my aunt and uncle and my third foster parents, and their families.  You, too, are loved.
    • My MIL and her family – always surrounded by love.
    • My SIL and her family – you make my children’s lives so much more fun!
    • My MS friends, without you, I would surely be floating in a sea of never getting answers for some of the symptoms I endure.
    • My quilt friends – you feed me with your creativity, your exhuberance for life, your friendships and your giving hands.
    • My virtual friends, many of whom I’ve never met but who are still a large part of my online life.
    • Those special friends, the ones who send me gifts for myself or my children – out of the goodness of their hearts.  We work hard to pay it forward, though we rarely pay it forward the same amount as has been given to us.
    • Our church friends, those who pray for us, those who email me to check on me, those who care.
    • The doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who are striving to make those of us with MS suffer less and get better quicker. 
    • The teachers who teach my children – may they be blessed by others as our children have been blessed by their knowledge.

    This is certainly not a full list, but it’s a good start.  I must say, I am thankful every single day that I can get out of bed and start my day.  Some days, MS rules my waking hours.  Some days, I am able to live a halfway ‘normal’ life.  Each day I get up is a gift from God, and I will sit on the side of the bed and thank Him for allowing me to have another day with my family and friends. 

    To you, I extend a quilted heart Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Make a Barn Quilt Block Finishing Instructions

      Cutting for Finishing Your Quilt:

      1. Turquoise Fabric:  Cut SEVENTEEN (17) 2 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ strips for sashing (between the blocks)
      2. Dark Blue Fabric:  Cut SIX (6) 2 1/2″ squares
      3. Turquoise Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 2 1/2″ x 66 1/2″ strips for the left and right sashing border
      4. Turquoise Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 2 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ strips for the top and bottom sashing border
      5. Background Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 8″ x 53 1/2″ strips for the top and bottom border
      6. Background Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 8″ x 70 1/2″ strips for the left and right border
      7. Dark Blue Fabric:  Cut enough 2 1/2″ x WOF strips and sew them together to bind your quilt top.

      Putting Your Quilt Together:

      1. Sew the sashing strips, row-by-row, to the completed blocks.  Remember to add the Dark Blue squares between each block in the sashing.
      2. Sew the rows together, using the above image as a guide.
      3. Sew the left and right sashing strips to the center of the quilt top.
      4. Sew the top and bottom sashing strips to the center of the quilt top.
      5. Sew the left and right Background Fabric border to the sashing strips.
      6. Sew the Barn Quilt Block #1 (7 1/2″ finished, 8″ unfinished) to the ends of the top and bottom Background Fabric strips.
      7. Sew the top and bottom border to the quilt top.
      8. Quilt as desired, then add the binding!
      9. Completed quilt top should be 69″ x 86″.

       Congratulations!

      You have completed your Barn Quilt, brought to you by Quilt Therapy!

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        Make a Barn Quilt Block #7

        This is the fifth block you will make – the instructions are for ONE (1) block but you will need TWO (2) blocks for the quilt shown above.  The blocks are 15″ finished and 15 1/2″ unfinished:

        Cutting Instructions for ONE (1) Block:

        1. Background Fabric:  Cut FOUR (4) 5 1/2″ squares
        2. Background Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 5 7/8″ squares – draw a diagonal line, corner-to-corner ONE (1) time on the back of each of these squares
        3. Turquoise Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 5 7/8″ squares
        4. Blue Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 3 3/8″ squares – then CUT each square diagonally, corner-to-corner ONE (1) time
        5. Medium Purple Fabric:  Cut ONE (1) 3 3/8″ square – then CUT the square diagonally, corner-to-corner ONE (1) time
        6. Light Purple Fabric:   Cut ONE (1) 3 3/8″ square – then CUT the square diagonally, corner-to-corner ONE (1) time

        Putting the Block Together:

        1. Using the Turquoise Fabric and a Background Fabric 5 7/8″ squares, right sides together, sew 1/4″ on EACH SIDE of the line you drew, then cut the half-square triangles apart ON the line you drew.  You will end up with TWO (2) half-square triangles.  Repeat so you have FOUR (4) half-square triangles.
        2. Sew a Light Purple Fabric triangle to a Medium Purple triangle on the side, repeat to make two triangles you will sew together in the center.
        3. Sew the Blue Fabric triangles onto two opposite sides of the Medium & Light Fabric square, press toward the Blue fabric and then sew the remaining Blue Fabric triangle to the two opposite sides of the Medium & Light Fabric square, pressing toward the Medium & Light fabric to create your center square.
        4. Sew the individual rows together first, using the image above as your guide.
        5. Finally, sew the rows to each other so you end up with a Shoo-Fly block!

        Remember, the instructions above are for ONE (1) block.  You need TWO (2) of these blocks for the quilt top.

         Stay Tuned Tomorrow for the Finishing Instructions!

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          Make a Barn Quilt Block #6

          This is the fourth block you will make – the instructions are for ONE (1) block but you will need TWO (2) blocks for the quilt shown above.  The blocks are 15″ finished and 15 1/2″ unfinished:

          Cutting Instructions for ONE (1) Block:

          1. Background Fabric:  Cut FOUR (4) 5 1/2″ squares
          2. Background Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 5 7/8″ squares – draw a diagonal line, corner-to-corner ONE (1) time on the back of each of these squares
          3. Pink Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 5 7/8″ squares
          4. Bright PinkFabric:  Cut TWO (2) 1 3/4″ x 2″ strips
          5. Bright Pink Fabric:  Cut ONE (1) 2″ square
          6. Purple Fabric:  Cut TWO (2) 1 3/4″ x 2″ strips
          7. Purple Fabric:  Cut ONE (1) 2″ square

          Putting the Block Together:

          1. Using the Pink Fabric and a Background Fabric 5 7/8″ squares, right sides together, sew 1/4″ on EACH SIDE of the line you drew, then cut the half-square triangles apart ON the line you drew.  You will end up with TWO (2) half-square triangles.  Repeat so you have FOUR (4) half-square triangles.
          2. Sew the center rows with your Bright Pink Fabric and your Purple Fabric together as shown above, then sew the rows together to create your center square.
          3. Sew the individual rows together first, using the image above as your guide.
          4. Finally, sew the rows to each other so you end up with a Shoo-Fly block!

          Remember, the instructions above are for ONE (1) block.  You need TWO (2) of these blocks for the quilt top.

           Stay Tuned Tomorrow for the Next Block Instructions!

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