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CLUE 4 is Here. For the Summer Mystery Patriotic Quilt Challenge: Revealing the Top Patterns

Our Summer Mystery Patriotic Quilt Challenge reaches its Penultimate Post. Our QOV Group Stars and Stripes created three different tops. They can guide you or inspire you to create something different with your blocks. We added two borders that tied the blocks together. One of our members created an On-Point Version. Check out the directions to make that version. Our Group did the Revisiting QOVF Annual Blocks proud.

PLEASE send your top pictures to me ( for the Ultimate post for this challenge.

Mini-quilt show of our Tops. Blue with center panel is a Back. One of our group members likes interesting backs!

Check out the top patterns and directions.

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Clue 3 is here, For the 2021 Summer Patriotic Mystery Quilt:

CLUE 3 of the Mystery Quilt is ready to download.

Go to Quilting and Quilts of Valor page. Scroll down to 3. August for Clue 3.

This is a nine-patch block. It was a QOV national Block Drive Block in 2020. Here is a picture of a quilt our Stars and Stripes Group made for this block Drive.

Nine-patch used for this quilt. Make 20.

Nine-Patch on point by Carolyn

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The 2021 Summer Patriotic Mystery Quilt: CLUE 2 is Here.

Clue 2 is ready to Download from the Quilting and Quilts of Valor page. Scroll down to 2. July and download. Clue 2 has fabric requirements, cutting, and sewing directions. Once you have made a couple of these blocks, you should be able to hit the exact center of the squares every time. See Direction #7.

What does this hour-glass block look like? QOV volunteers know this block from the National QOV October 2020 Call to Action. Quilts made from the hour-glass blocks were used to Award Veterans nominated in 2018. Stars and Stripes Sassy Sewers made a baker’s dozen of tops.

Here is this block used to show off center panels. The first, an eagle, a thread/paint/embellished fabric panel of art by Rhonda Denning. The second, is a top pattern supplied by National. We went after the scrappy look.


Coral Garden, USA, 2019 Pantone Challenge—Complete

My 2019 Pantone Coral Challenge quilt ended up being a creative surprise. There were several designs, that are now in the “make later” pile. The mini is compete. It is 23.5″ on three sides and the height is 20.25″. Yes it ended up being a triangle. It is made up of triangular blocks. The pattern was determined by the grid drawn across a photo of a pair of my favorite coral earrings. Then to add a bit of whimsy, I added yo-yo flowers. I like a quilt to tell a story. This one of the modern background of two of my favorite Florida, USA, colors–coral and turquoise. Then very old fashion flowers to direct the viewers eye to the angles of the quilt. 

The Quilt: Coral Garden


A close up of the yo-yo flowers.


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Coral Creativity – III The process

June is here and I have almost completed by 2019 Pantone Coral Challenge. I was moving ahead nicely in May and WHAM, knocked on my backside with Shingles. If you haven’t had them, you are blessed. Twenty-one days of anti-viral infusions, home with my hubby, no energy, no visits from friends and no sewing. My energy level was nil.

I was at the stage of pattern developed and fabric prepared. I chose to use an artful log cabin technique, learned from Katie Pasquini Masopust. I had to wait 3 weeks before using my machine again. I’m ready for the party now, but haven’t found the link!

Artful Log Cabin Pattern. Picture is of two coral based earrings. Grid is added and numbered. Blocks come from matching the colors in each block.


And here are my fabric strips ready for sewing.


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Coral Creativity

As part of a growing and changing quilter, I take classes, sign up for teachers blogs and enjoy the work people share on public media and at guild meetings. One teacher, Jenny Lyon, who is an amazing free-motion quilter, writes each week. She includes updates on works in progress, who, what and where she had or is teaching and then she adds sweet places to check out. In one of her recent posts, she mentioned the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019 – Living Coral. You can access it from or

It seems I was meant to work on this challenge. Everything coral, shirts, jig-saw- puzzles and many of my husbands seashells caught my eye. I downloaded the rules, bookmarked several inspirational pictures, and purchased coral fabric from one of my local fabric stores. Instead of getting started right away and blogging every week, my husband and I went on a three week trip to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Texas. I’m home now and ready to design, piece and quilt.

Here are a few pictures of my recent work.


Green Flash Scrap quilt


Artful Log Cabin


Colorado Columbine


Flamingo Vest accessory

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Two new “Shell of the Month” features posted

Nautilus pompilius picture 1

Two new short articles have been posted to our website on the page “Battman’s Seashells”.  These have recently appeared as “Shell of the Month” features in the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club newsletter, and feature information and pictures of some of the shells in the collection.  They are: Nautilus pompilius (Chambered Nautilus) and Turbinella angulata (West Indian Chank Shell).

Turbinella angulata picture 2


More Teachings by Rick

Today, Rick added five teachings to our Preach, Teach and Heal page. They are:

  • God Saved us by His Grace and Gave us Power
  • God’s Mercy and Love for Us
  • God’s Word is Faithful
  • Living Life without Condemnation
  • The Benefits of Payer

Go to our site to download these and other teachings. These teachings are the product of independent Biblical research. Contact Rick with your questions. Please read and enjoy God’s Word in these teachings.



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Goal Setting with God in mind

Creating a Vision for my Walk with God

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it. Habakkuk 2:2

There is a line in a song from South Pacific that got me re-thinking about goal setting. It goes, “Got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream. How you gonna make a dream come true?” Makes sense, doesn’t it. You have to have goals, make them visual so they are easily remembered. You also need to reflect on them, write about how one or more are reached and set new goals. I had not done that since retiring in 2015.

Recently, I attended a women’s vision building fellowship. We spent the day defining, working on and encouraging each other to build a personal statement of goals that reflect God’s Word in our lives. At the fellowship I worked on my personal vision board. I wanted to look at inspiring phrases, pictures from nature that delight me, and my goals. So I did. Later I would define goals.

The teacher inspired us with, “Believe for the impossible.” Her biblical reference was Matthew 19:26. We talked about ways we can resist the adversary in our daily lives, and how that can be a part of your goals. Later, with reflection from our fellowship, goals emerged as I thought, prayed, and listened quietly to the Father. My one reoccurring thought was, “What has God asked me to do?” Finally, five goals emerged. I wrote them on cards and attached them to my vision board. I didn’t stop there.

            Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Goals can remain unobtainable and overwhelming if you let them stay as “out there somewhere ideas.” You have to make them personal and relevant to your personal life. I did this first, by taking each goal and teasing out two more layers of details. The first layer, my objectives, contains what things I want complete or learn or do. Then for each objective, I developed action statements. Things I can do each day to run my race and win. I asked myself these questions, When I am listening to God, what am I doing? Or What am I thinking? Answering them, helped me visualize my actions. When I visualize it, I can achieve it. Finally, I found appropriate verses to memorize and remind me of God’s promises. Second, I carry my goals with me. I have my board to see and inspire me every day. I know that working daily on them will help me attain them.


Here is my goal to listen expanded as an example of filling in the details.

Goal: Listen more effectively

Deuteronomy 29:4: Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Matthew 11:15: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

James 1:19: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

 Objective: Listen to and for God

  • Actions:
  • Pray perfectly and often
  • Stop and reflect quietly
  • Read and study the Word

Verses:1 Kings 19:11-12: And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Ephesians 6:18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing.

2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth

Objective: Listen to my husband

  • Actions:
  • Finish speaking and then be quiet as he speaks
  • Ask questions, then be quiet as he speaks

Actively listen to his speaking and non-verbal communication, not rushing or interrupting him

Verses: Ephesians 5:22-23: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Objective: Listen to others

  • Actions:
  • Greet, and then listen to what others have to say
  • In conversations, listen actively, not thinking about what I want to say.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Slow down, and not rush the conversation along with my own personal agenda.
  • Minimize projecting my behaviors, actions and skills on others.

Verse: Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.Ephesians 5:21: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Objective: Listen to my body

  • Actions:
  • Slow down and take stock of what I am feeling throughout the day.
  • Pause before making eating choices
  • Reflect on daily, weekly and monthly choices in activities, eating and health.

Verse: James 1:12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.


More Research Based Christian Teachings

Rick has been busy updating his previous research teachings. Here is a list of the newly available teachings. Click on their names for links, and visit our Preach , Teach, and Heal page for them and more. Soon we will be categorizing teachings by theme. If there is a topic or theme you would like to see, let us know.