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Pieced by Jackie ​using Australian batiks

Quilt of Valor Foundation

Pieced by Lynda

​Pattern Turning 20

Christmas Fabric

Pieced by Candy and Michol

Quilt of Valor

Quilts to be given to US Veterans.  Pieced by  Cabarrus Quilt Guild.

Prime Rib,  How To's, by Alan

Prime is a USDA grade but also a cut of meat, as in Prime Rib.  Prime Rib is a roast with portion of the rib bones attached.  I have the butcher remove the bones to allow a fast and even cook.  I also get the butcher to tie the meat.  You can cook the Prime Rib in a smoker or oven.  Cooking temperature of either is 220 degree.


- An hour prior to cooking, place the meat in the freezer.  This will prevent the outside meat from overcooking.

- Preheat oven 220 degree

- Salt and pepper 

- Place meat on a rack that is level with or taller than the pan you will be using to cook.  This allows air to flow evenly around the meat while cooking.  Place in oven

- Cook at 220 degree until the center of the meat is 115 degree.

- Place meat on hot grill or hot pan on stove to brown outside of meat.

- Once browned cover with foil to rest 5 minutes. 

- Slice and enjoy.

Note:  This will be cooked rare to medium rare. The liquid that trickles onto your plate once it’s cooked, is not actually blood.  It is myoglobin, a protein that’s only found in muscle tissue that carries oxygen through the muscle and contains a red pigment – which is why muscle tissue is red.
As a steak is cooked, the myoglobin darkens – which is why the more “well-done” the meat is, the grayer it looks.  Do not cook past medium.  It will lose flavor.Th​'

2018 Quilts of Valor Block Drive​​

The 2018 Quilts of Valor block drive features a beginner’s Friendship Star with a pinwheel center. Once completed, please send your blocks to the Block Drive Coordinator for distribution nationwide. They will be made into Quilts of Valor to help State Coordinators with their waiting lists. If you wish to keep the blocks you make in your group, you may do so. Please report the number you make to so we can publish the total number made after Conference, May 2018.

The purpose of the national block drive is to give individuals or groups who wish to make just a few blocks, but not assemble a quilt, to have their block(s) in quilts made across the nation. These blocks can be assembled many ways into a QOV. Our hope is to assist State Coordinators with blocks to help fill requests not covered by local groups. Blocks received by May 1, 2018 will be distributed at National Conference to State Coordinators based on the number turned in by their State.

1. There are three colors needed: background – white or white on white; main color – red, blue or patriotic print; and accent – use a solid if your main color is a print or vice versa (see photos).
2. Use a scant ¼” seam allowance and press carefully.
3. Block should measure 12 ½” as sewn and will finish at 12” in a quilt.
Mail block to: Block Drive Coordinator, Suzanne DiCarlo, 111 Minwood Street, Mineola, TX 75773-1122.

Mailing instructions:
1. If mailing ONE block, fold it carefully and mail in a standard business size envelope with a “forever” stamp. It cannot be more than ¼” thick.
2. If mailing more than ONE block, use a manila envelope (remove the metal clasp as that make it non-machine able and costs more) and take it to the post office to have postage attached.
3. If sending a lot of blocks, make sure they are in a Ziploc bag and put a label IN THE BAG.
4. Please be sure to attach the correct postage so your blocks don’t arrive “postage due.”
Questions? Email​

Color 1 – Background 4 – 3 ½” squares 55006 (Go Die)
(white or white-on-white) 4 – 3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles 55005 (Go Die)
Color 2 – Main Color 4 – 3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles 55005 (Go Die)
(red, blue or patriotic print)
Color 3 – Accent 4 – 3 ½” squares 55006 (Go Die)
(use a solid if #2 is print or a print is #2 is a solid)

Step 1 – Star Points
Draw a line on the reverse side of all your squares, both color 1 and 3. Place color 1 square on right end of color 2 rectangle RST. Stitch from upper right corner to lower left of the white square. Trim the seam and press toward the rectangle (main color). Place color 3 square on left end of color 2 rectangle RST. Stitch from upper right corner (in the middle of the rectangle) to lower left of the accent square (lower left corner of the rectangle). Trim the seam and press. Make all 4 units.  


Step 2 – Four Patches
Sew together a background rectangle and a star point unit. Do this 4 times.  

​Step 3 – Block Assembly
Take your 4 patch units and sew them together as illustrated

Your finished block should measure 12 ½”. 

If you wish, you can sew the halves you trim off together and you will have bonus 1/2 square triangle squares. You can use them or send them with your blocks. They make great borders.

Click here to request a printable copy of instructions. Or email requesting a copy you can print.  


As far back that Alan, can remember, my mom would have cooked cabbage and baked ham with our meal on New Years Day.  We hated cooked cabbage.  My brother, sister and I had to eat it or we would have bad luck all year.  We were poor but didn't know it since most of our classmates were poor also.  The thing about our cabbage was that mom would wash some coins to add to the cabbage.  Your luck depended on whether you were lucky enough to have a coin in your cabbage.  The coin made the luck not the cabbage.  Since mom was the one dishing out the cabbage, we all received a coin.  Now that I think about it, that may have been her way of getting us to eat one bite of cabbage a year.  Wish I could ask her.  Since we were poor, we did not get to keep the coins.

​Some areas have black-eyed peas, like Linda's NC family, or beans symbolizing coins or wealth.  Other areas have greens resemble money, specifically folding money. Make dishes using boiled cabbage or sauerkraut, collard greens, kale, chard, mustard greens, turnip greens or other green, leafy vegetables to ensure good fortune for the coming year.  Pork is considered a sign of prosperity in some cultures because pigs root forward. ​ Cornbread might symbolize gold, and besides, it is essential with black-eyed peas and greens.   In other cultures, fish due to scales resembling coins, and ring-shaped cakes or doughnuts or cakes with special treats inside symbolize luck.  

Quilts of Valor

Heart of the Triad Quilters Guild

Pieced by Tracy

As the sun sets in 2017,  we wish you all your dreams and health for 2018 to come true.  

Linda and Alan

One of Linda's favorite quilting charities is Quilt of Valor Foundation.  This organization provides quilts for veterans.  Their mission can be read at  Linda got involved through the Catawba Valley Quilters Guild, Hickory NC.  Guild members Amanda Truett and Peggy McCosh have guided this very active group since April 2015 and presented more than 140 quilts to veterans.  Linda also donates longarm services for QOVs at Cabarrus Quilters Guild in Concord NC, The Heart of the Triad Quilters Guild in Kernersville and receives quilts from the National QOV Organization from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  You can help by make one or more Quilts of Valor® 2018 Block Drive blocks using the instructions below.  

Lego Fabric

This is how I cook Prime Rib.  It is not the only way to cook.  Prime Rib is a juicy, tender, flavorful and expensive piece of meat.  I am fortunate to have  locally owned Bi-Rite with a butcher that still offers store cut meat.  

Meat grades:  USDA grades meat by the amount marbling, ie. fat, between the 12 and 13th rib and the age of animal as some of the grading.

Kobe and Wagyu are some of the best of the best and super expensive.  In this area, you have to order online.   

Look for USDA grade on the packaging.

USDA Prime can be found an some meat departments but is very expensive if found.  Look for either of these markers, usually on the back of the package.

USDA Choice is the second best

Certified Angus Beef (CAB) can be found.  This is a brand of beef. It certifies meat to be top Choice or a Prime grade.

Certified Prime Beef certifies the meat quality to be of the top 1.5 percent of Prime Beef.  (usually reserved for restaurants)

I have found Choice and Certified Angus Beef in grocery stores. Good luck on the others.

Select grade is the lowest rated grocery store meat .  it is a poor grade of beef. It has little marbling, less taste and usually tough.  Steer clear of it if you can. 


Strip loin, chuck eye roast and top sirloin butt, of Choice quality can substitute Prime Rib.  Not as good but will pass if on a budget.  Tenderloin is less flavorful and less juicy but tender.

Memory Quilt Pieced by Brenda for a Friend

Noodles are symbols of long life, and grains like rice, quinoa, and barley stand for abundance. Slurp the noodles whole for even more luck.  On New Year's Eve, Mexicans pop a grape for each stroke of midnight, with each representing a page of the calendar ahead. If one is bitter, watch out for that month! Other popular fruits to eat include the pomegranates, with its many seeds standing in for prosperity, and figs, which are a symbol of fertility.

I think I have covered what I would not like as a kid for a New Year's Feast but now some things you shouldn't have eaten according to some traditions.  Some believe that lobster could cause bad luck in the coming year because it moves in a backward direction and could mean setbacks in the year ahead.
For the same reason, chickens could be bad luck. They scratch backward, plus they are winged so your luck could fly away.   As a kid I would have preferred bad luck and chicken (never seen or heard of lobster in the West Virginia mountains, we probably would not eat is since it looks like a crawdad).  Years later I love cabbage and most thinks listed above. I have tried to like black eye peas but just don't get it.  Maybe I should put a coin in them.

Happy Birthday Linda

December 31st.  Here are a few photos of her many faces.

Design Wall?

 You need to display your blocks and edgings as you go and the place is your design wall, though some quilters have been known to use the floor or a big bed.
Linda likes to take a picture of the placed pieces to determine if any blocks are turned incorrect. 
You can hang some muslin or flannel and pin your pieces to this frame or you can purchase design walls for this purpose.  Whichever route you take, make sure you have a way to stepping back and look at your creation as it comes together so you can rearrange and design as you go.

Pieced by Trudy

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 New Year Traditions