Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Daisy Chain Finished!

I am pleased to welcome you to my baby quilt entry for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! This quilt is another oldie but goody… I started it in Afghanistan in March 2011 or so, and was pieced using my Featherweight (you can see it in the bottom right corner in the photo below). This design is “Daisy Chain” from “Jelly Roll Quilts” by Pam & Nicky Lintott. This is the throw size, sans border.  I think the fabric was Lily and Will – the pink version.

Daisy Chain

I longarm quilted it this summer.  You too can have me finish up long overdue WiPs as part of Quilts Actually.

Daisy Chain

The binding and backing is by now looking familiar if you see my work.  When I started quilting I bought this brown fabric as backing formy first quilt.  I bought way too much and it has been used in two quilt backs, and three bindings so far.  I say so far because there is more fabric left.  Luckily it works with a wide variety of my quilts!  The back is mostly flannel – the pink houndstooth you see below.

Daisy Chain

This was once again finished during camper quilting.  My featherweight and I can do great things together while my husband watches the baby.  It is quilted with a light pink thread in a heart panto design.

Daisy Chain

The colors are most accurate in this rolled up shot – it is such a sweet baby quilt.

Daisy Chain

Linked to: Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2013 and Finish it up Friday!


Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, I’ve decided to share a little bit of my life in Afghanistan. I live in a trailer. It is about 8 feet wide by 20 feet long.

I share with a roommate. She has the front half of the room and I have the back half of the room. The picture below is from when I had the room to myself. My belongings have multiplied since then, and my area condensed. It’s not quite this spartan now.

I live a little under a half mile from where I work. My office is in an improved tent. It started out as a tent, but was sprayed with foam and painted pink. The foam helps to insulate it and keep it cooler during the hot summers. Inside the tent, at some point it was divided up into offices with plywood. It has a concrete floor. My desk is homemade plywood, and scattered across my desk are all of my documents and multiple computers for the varying levels of classification that our work is done on.

Everything we need is here. We eat in the DFAC, or dining facility, which looks very similar to the tent above. There is a wide variety of food available. It’s not quite as good as homemade, but considering it is Afghanistan, it is completely acceptable. We have a laundry service that does laundry with a 48 hour turn-around. It doesn’t come out quite as nice as home laundry, but it is nice to be able to drop it off and pick it up considering we don’t have weekends to do the laundry on. We also have a gym, small store, post office and internet provider. The internet is at slower than dial-up speed, but it is nice to be able to check email and use skype in the rooms.

Overall, my area looks a lot like the Barstow, California area or the area around Las Vegas. It is a desert with mountains in the distance. Below are a few photos of the area.

This is my little corner of Afghanistan. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!