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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quilts of Valor Cumberland County, TN August 2014

I have joined a  new sewing group that meets once a month at the Fair Park Senior Center for the purpose of making quilt blocks for Quilts of Valor.  The blocks will be put into Quilts of Valor and presented to veterans who have been touched by war in the Cumberland County area.  Lorrie Brown is our regional coordinator and has put a tremendous amount of time, money and effort into this cause. I am proud to do what little I can to help make quilt blocks that become beautiful quilts and are later presented to military veterans in recognition and gratitude for their service and sacrifice.
AND we have FUN!

Come join us, we meet the first Monday of the month at the Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN from 4:15 until 7:00 pm.

Lorrie Brown holding a quilt she completed for Quilts of Valor.

We are busy, our little heads are all down working hard.

Come join us, we have room for you.

During the month of June, the National Quilts of Valor (QOV) Organization awarded its 100,000th quilt to military veterans who have been touched by war since it began 11 years ago.

The Crossville QOV group of 14 volunteers met at the Fair Park Senior Center on June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and worked diligently on piecing cut fabrics and binding quilts that were available to work on. Machines were busy sewing, as much was accomplished during the three-hour session.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Show- N- Tell Monday Sew-In

If you quilt, sew, knit, crochet, embroider or what ever flips your skirt, this is the group to belong to. We meet on the second and fourth Monday's of the month for a few hours of visiting, helping one another with projects and supporting each other through personal trials and celebrating with each other our accomplishments . If you don't belong to a group, find one in your area or start your own. Girlfriends are the best and my husband hopes when I get home I am all talked out. (no chance, I have even more to say, I have to tell him what WE talked about today at the sew-in)

This is a small representation of the group, it is growing in number and not all attend each gathering. I posted earlier about the Quilt of Valor this group made and presented to Standing Stone Nursing Home resident as well as 29 other quilts.Standing Stone Nursing Home- Quilt of Valor

Some Show and Tell from this week gathering. I didn't get pictures of everyone's projects, this is just a small sampling.

I hope you enjoyed the Show N Tell. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Time to sit a spell and count my blessings

We have had one of our busiest summers ever but we are so blessed to have had the leisure time and good health to enjoy God's gifts.

  •  family and friends; 
  • trips to SC
  • an addition of a sun room and screened in porch to our house
  • a building expansion of our church 
  •  yard work and everyday life

No time to slow down now, it is time to gear up for the holiday season in my ETSY shop and I have a Fall show in November at the Fairgrounds. I love this time of the year, school is starting and the days will be getting cooler soon, all I have on my mind is "quilting".  The problem I have is narrowing down my list of  projects; I can not possibly complete all I want to by November but thus the reason for the never ending stash of fabrics and the need for more fabric. There is always one more project.... I nag myself into working more and more but not today..

 So... I'll start tomorrow. Today I'm going to count my blessings and enjoy the projects we have completed.

Let the work begin! Almost 3 moths have gone by, but it is done and we love the results.

Love it, love the windows, love the sunlight, love the view!

Our little piece of heaven.

Trips to SC, can you tell the tide is low? Love those sandbars in SC, and when does the tide turn so we can get off this thing? 

My beautiful daughter! Such a blessing, she lives in SC.

I finished it!! My Civil War Stars.

I found time to make a Farmhouse Beauty Table Runner and sold it already. I really do like this quilt.

I just had to make it. Sitting on the porch and watching the water fall from this old pump was my inspiration.This too was on my ETSY site and sold. I love country themes.

I hope you enjoy your day, I am going to sit a spell and count my blessings and I count you too as one more.

Worlds Longest Yard Sale, Crossville, TN

I look forward to this event with great anticipation and excitement every year. The forecast for the day was a chance of pop up showers; only 50%, No Problemo!!  We were soaked with sweat and maybe a good ole fashioned Frog Choker would be a welcome relief but it didn't happen. Promises... weather men!

  WHO said "Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow" ? Well this group of 4 gals were "glowing like" nobody's business. 

Some of this years finds:

I want this chair so bad!!

Even if I cant have it, I can sit in right right?

These two ladies were looking at this civil war era quilt!! Oh MY. Beautiful browns, blues and soft pinks!

I can not believe I bought this for $15; I wanted a "cutter quilt" to make things for my Fall show in November but I don't think I have the heart to cut this up! It is a keeper!

I love old boxes and SCORE!! This one is black which for me is a + + and all beat up! $7

I found another cutter quilt!! This one can be cut. You can tell a utilitarian quilt, this one was made with feed sacks, look at the beautiful feedsack cottons in this quilt, and the RED, I had to have it for the RED!! $5

The 127 sale runs the first Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August. This year threw us off our game; the first Thursday in August this year was the 7th, we had in mind it started the first Friday.... We have been ready to go since the 1st of August and had to wait another week. Agony for an avid junker. 

Quilts donated to the residents of Standing Stone Nursing Home in Monterey, TN and a Quilt of Valor was presented

Thank you Barb G for allowing me to post the following article from your newsletter regarding the wonderful act of kindness and generosity of this group of beautiful women. I am so proud to be friends with these generous and talented  women. All of them have families that need their care and attention, not to mention church obligations or children and grandchildren.  Some of the women are still working outside the home and somehow they find time to give to their community.  I wish I could say I helped with the 29 beautiful quilts but I was only able to contribute one quilt, but like they told me, even "one quilt" is appreciated. Thank you girls for your beautiful work and your big hearts, you made a lot of residents at Standing Stone Nursing home happy. The Monday Sew-in Group members are : Lorrie Brown, Katherine Capotosto, Jackie Dean, Barbara Griffiths, Verda Hopkins, Rose Johnson, Barbara Lavin, Doris Smith, Ginny Smith, Judy Webster, Melissa Wesley and Ruth Zimmerman.  We would love to have you join us. We meet at the Cumberland Cove Welcome Center on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

There are others involved in the project that do not attend the Sew-In on a regular basis but thanks so much for  your generosity also. In addition the women named above we also received quilt donations from the following:  Verna Green, Liz Osuch, Jackie Dinse, Angie Williams and Joanna Walker.

The following is from Barb G,

On July 14, a small representation  from our sew-in group presented 29 comfort donation quilts and one Quilt of Valor to the residents of Standing Stone Nursing Home in Monterey.  Our group decided to make these quilts in an effort to   give back to the community.  The following photos are highlights of that day.  The Quilt of Valor was presented to 92 year old WWII US Navy veteran Talmage Elmus Welch.  He is not only a resident of Standing Stone Nursing Home, but born and raised in Monterey, TN.


Look at all the beautiful quilts!
Left to Right (Barb Lavin, Katherine  Capotosto, Ruth Zimmerman, Rose Johnson, and Lorrie Brown)

The Quilt of Valor was presented to 92 year old WWII US Navy veteran Talmage Elmus Welch. 

Beautiful quilts!

Resident receiving one of the quilts.