Monday, August 19, 2013


Our group continues to be small, but Janice, Fran, Sharon, and I gathered at our "fearless leader" Kay's house to "lay the quilt top out" for those of you who have been following the saga of Our Quilt of Valour that we have been working on for a year now.  (You can read from the beginning HERE.  There is a link to the next post at the end of each.) 

Last month we manage to finish sewing all of the "squares" together and piled them into what we called "blue squares" and "red squares".  (If you missed last month's post, you can read it HERE.) For the pattern they will be laid out so that we have diagonals with blue and red squares with cream ones in between.

Kay cleared and vacuumed the floor in her craftland before we arrived so everything was ready for us to start the process.  Kay had the blue squares and Janice had the red ones.  Sharon was telling us which color we needed next (until we had the pattern going and then we didn't need the magazine anymore) and Fran decided to place them on the floor.  Oh, I was busy taking pictures and offering my "two cents" as everyone else was too. 

At first we were trying to change out squares that had similar prints too close together.  I said "we"... actually everyone but Sharon.  (Sharon does "random" better than the rest of us.)  After a bit, she suggested we just "lay them down" and then move  (squares) after we finished.  So we agreed.

It actually only took us maybe 30 minutes to complete the process.  We moved a few that were really bothering someone, but not too many. 

We were so pleased with the end result.

We stacked the rows (like we do in Blankets of Hope ... the church quilting group that Janice, Fran, and I belong to) and numbered the stacks. 

Into the basket they went to easily sew them together at our next meeting.  We are hoping that Dorothy, Ellen, and Rita will be back in town and we will all have a hand in the final step.

The first square is laid.

Fran busy at work.

We can see the diagonal starting.

Getting close to the end.

There it is.

From the other side.

Stacking them one square on top of the next square from left to right for each row.


In the basket til next month.

Then we decided to play a little canasta.  Sorry Kay I couldn't get you in the picture.

Here is a picture of Kay's seasonal Santa (What Santa is busy doing during the year.)  Did you know he gardens?

A cute quilted hanging on her door.  She called it a "Posey Pocket".  I think Kay told me the flowers were from her daughter's wedding.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of one of her humming birds feeding outside the window.

As we started to leave we couldn't help but smell "good smells" in the kitchen.   Kay told us she had a roast in her slow cooker.  She removed the lid to show us what it looked like.
  You can see how the meat had cooked off the bone.  Here is her recipe for her 


1     chuck roast
1     envelope of Italian Dressing
1     envelope of Ranch Dressing
1     envelope of Brown Gravy
2     cups water

Combine the mixes and the water and then pour over the roast in the slow cooker.  Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

You can check out our next meeting HERE.


  1. The quilt is coming along beautifully! Also love the Santa hanging( need a tutorial for that!) Love the flowers hanging from the door knob and the crock pot roast recipe is my go to recipe for my crock pot!!
    I would fit right in with you all! :)

    1. Thanks, Sandra. Wish you were here -- we could always use another friend. I have shared the other small wall hanging quilts that Kay has made of What Santa Does Throughout the Year in the other posts of our project. I love them all and look forward to seeing the new one she has hanging. I will ask her where she got the patterns. Thanks for following me and your comments.