Patriotic Sewing and a new Mascot

In addition to being president of the very new Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild, I am a member of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild, a traditional guild that has been going strong for decades.  Our guild is making quilts of comfort for our local Veterans Home and Hospital in Des Moines.  Two quilty friends and I are making a large lap size quilt together…my part was to make these five Tucson Sunset blocks.

These fabrics are so “outside of my box”, I had to raid the stash of my friends to make them!  I don’t buy these shades of reds or neutrals…  I tend to do many things at once, and I am typically working around a mess, rather than moving it out of my way or cleaning up the mess before I move on to the next task.  That’s when things like this happen… cutting your template in two because it happened to be under your fabric…. Oops.

Oh well, a little tape and my template was good as new!

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway day, and this little pretty (recently named Eleanor) has become the new mascot of my sewing studio. 

She was made by my friend Veronica, who is still trying to find good homes for Eleanor’s brothers and sisters (if you might be willing to adopt one, go take a peek at them here!)  In addition to elephants, Veronica crafts amazing handmade jewelry, the sweetest little ipod cases, tissue cozies and some knockout potholders!  She’s a mad paper crafter as well…  Please go pay her shop a visit!   And tell her Doris and Eleanor sent ya!

Have a great weekend!



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