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rodezzy | Posted in Photo Gallery on

More stuff I made.

That’s it for now.  Have I delivered on your requests?  I’ll take pictures of my coats I made for last winter next.


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    Do you quilt in your sleep? How do you do so much?

    1. rodezzy | | #2

      Ha Ha I had to laugh.  When I get on a role I'm on a role.  But to be serious, these projects were done last year.  My quilting guild had a project to make lap quilts for the soldiers in hospitals from Iraq.  The red/white/blue ones were for them.  Also the purple one I named "Purple Hearts for My Heros".  I did those in a month.  I pushed myself really hard to get them done, because I felt that, if they could put themselves in harms way for me here at home, the least I could go was give my best efforts for them.  So I sewed until they were done.

      Besides, ladies I live alone.  I have a very small, minute family and am obligated mostly only to myself and my day job.  I choose what I want to do.  There are a lot of days, I just lay around and look at TV.  But, seriously, when the passion hits me, I work on that passion related stuff until the fire burns out (ie, months, years).

      1. fabricholic | | #3

        I am sure they appreciated the quilts, but I don't know if they would realize how much it takes to make one. That was very thoughtful of you. I appreciate the soldiers and I am glad they don't send old ladies to fight. I might die of fright.

        1. rodezzy | | #4

          YOU, me too.  So, I try and do what I'm asked to do.

          1. fabricholic | | #7

            Well, I appreciate you for doing this.

      2. Josefly | | #10

        What a fabulous thing to do - making quilts for our soldiers. I love the "Message in a Bottle" and the Purple Hearts one.

        1. rodezzy | | #11

          Thank you for your kind words. 

  2. stitchagain | | #5

    Beautiful quilts.

    What is written on the bottles?

    Do you machine stitch in the ditch, tack or how are the quilts quilted.


    I appreciate you candid response to the question how do you quilt so much.  I also live alone and sometimes get on creative "rolls" but not always having friends or family to show off the finished creation to- well I think that slow me down.


    1. rodezzy | | #6


      I did free motion quilting with the feed dogs down and those quilts.  The tone on tone quilt is a quilt-as-you-go quilt.  You cut 2 and 1/2 inch strips, a 13 inch backing and batting.  I placed batting on top of backing square and then place a strip in the middle corner to corner diagonally and flip and sew each strip one side at a time thru all thicknesses.  I place the strips in the same order of color for each block.  Then I sized each block up to 12 inches and stitched them in rows determined by the size you want the quilt to be.  I believe six blocks across the short side and 7 blocks along the long side (head to foot of bed).  It forms the squares when sewn together, what is know as a "secondary pattern".  Oh, and during the joining of the blocks you must have a 2 and 1/2 inch strip folded in have placed edge to edge with the raw edges of the blocks with each joining.  When you put the rows together, you need the same strip to cover the length of the row. 

      After it is all sewn together you go back and whip stitch by hand the folded edge to the back of the quilt, NOT going through to the front, just the backing of the squares.  Then you cut a 2 and 1/2 inch binding strip, fold in half, sew to front of quilt with raw edge to raw edge, flip over binding and hand whip to back of quilt, actually all of that whip stitching is actually blind stitching the folded edges down. 

      I used paper piecing for the soldier quilts designs and the bottles are signed by my guild members.  It's a signature wall hanging.  The Teddy Bear quilt is stitched in the ditch around each square.  The chinese pagod w/boat is hand beaded and free motioned quilted with metallic threads for the water.  The shiny stuff over the boat is hand stitched on sequins and beads, the tree is made of bugle beads and the quilt process is called "Quilt With A View".

      Edited 9/20/2007 3:55 pm ET by rodezzy

  3. GailAnn | | #8

    Rodezzy you are awesome!

    Love the "message in a bottle" quilt pattern.  What a great idea.  Gail

  4. Cherrypops | | #9

    I want you at my house!!! Excellent work.

  5. dionna | | #12

    I love the quilts I'm learning to quilt I quilting books to learn how to quilt

    1. rodezzy | | #13

      Thanks, I started quilting in 2000 and I just bought books on quilting and read everything I could.  Then I practiced easy blocks (half square triangles) and made small projects.  The first project I made was a table runner.  I continued also by watching Simply Quilts and recorded other quilting shows that were in abundance at the time on different channels.  I would come home from work, watch the programs and try more projects.  I made a lot of small lap quilts in the beginning and gave them to small children in the family.  Eventually I made bigger quilts and wall hangings.  I would try paper piecing, rotary cut quilts, quilt-as-you-go, applique, and I started to combine quilting procedures and techniques.  I've slowed down on quilting and have started knitting and crocheting.  I made a lot of quilted Christmas gifts over the years.

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