Latest Quilt Of Valor

I love working on Quilt of Valor projects. They are randomly assigned, and when they are, I get an email and communication begins with the quilt maker. It has always been positive, and simple, and lately it seems like the quilt maker just wants me to provide batting and quilt it, then send it back to them for the finish. That’s fine by me :).

When the quilt arrives, I am eager to see what the quilt maker has chosen as far as pattern and color. It is often red, white and blue, but not always! There are a variety of patterns and degrees of difficulty to these quilts, which means I need to carefully choose the quilting stitching I want to use. One style will not work for all.

But I also know that this quilt was made with a veteran in mind. And I quilt it with that reverence. I am so proud to be able to give back in this manner.

I was super excited this time, despite being completely unsure of how it was going to turn out when I first opened the box. Once I took the quilt out I noticed that near every square had more than one fabric with stars in it. But I think stars need to be WITH something to look good. I’ve done a meander with stars, loops with stars, but those didn’t seem just right for this quilt.

And then it came to me. The blue fabric has shooting stars. I have quilted a flame-like meander. I thought, I should combine those because the streaks would make this look like shooting stars!

OK, now to select the thread. Well, when I have QOV’s that are red, white and blue, I like to use my variegated thread in those colors. Sometimes that can prove difficult. This quilt had more of a cream color to the top, and a plain white muslin back. Hmmm. Wait! Variegated thread in the bobbin is easy, so if I use that for the back, and then a cream on top, I will satisfy my color requirements and not have to deal with thread breakage issues!

So I got to work, and quickly finished. I am very pleased with the result!

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THE CUTEST QUILT EVER!

Seriously, this is SO cute!!!!! So here’s the story:

I was working at the shop (Quilt Country) and as always, shopping as I was cutting. What I mean is, customers bring their fabric up to the counter for us to cut. When I unroll the bolt I see what nearly always seems like a new fabric, and 99% of the time I love it! So I buy some of that fabric when we have a lull in activity.

A┬álady brought up this cute Noah’s Ark fabric, and I knew I had to have some. It was on the sale rack, so I knew it wouldn’t be around long. I cut one yard, and then decided I needed another one. ­čÖé Later in the day another woman brought up this greenish fabric with fishes on it. I bought some of that as well, thinking it had to go with the other yardage.

I do make quilts for sale, but when I saw this fabric, I knew it needed to be for baby quilts that would be donated. I decided to use the EZ Breezy Pattern concept, to keep the cute animals on the whole panel intact.

So I found fabrics in my stash that matched the other colors in the quilt and cut them into 2.5″ strips and sewed them together randomly. Based on the panel measurements (I cut each yard in half, then cut off a 5.5″ strip for cornerstones) I cut those sewn-together strips to 5″ lengths. I pinned them to the center panel on the sides and sewed them on. Because I didn’t trim my center panel to an even width and length, I had to trim my bottom strip on each side before sewing on the cornerstones. Then I attached that to the center and VOILA!!!!

The beauty is that I have all my borders (the strips) already made for the other three quilts. I may put an outer border on it; currently it measures 31″ x 39″. Good baby size.

So right now my remaining question is this: Once I finish these quilts, should I give them to the local church? Or should I send one to four different people and ask them to give the quilts away to someone they think is in need? Then I get to share this warm feeling I have inside. What do you think?

Quilts of Valor (QOV)

 

Generally speaking, quilters are a very generous and trustworthy group of people. Yes, that’s right: people. There are a growing number of men joining the ranks, some quilting for many years, at award-winning level. I digress…

If you go into any quilt shop, you will find information of some sort regarding charitable causes. Project Linus, Quilts For Kids, and Quilts of Valor are some very popular organizations. Click here for a list of other charities that could use your quilting help!

Quilts of Valor is popular with ladies interested in supporting our military members in particular. It is a simple process really. You sign up on their website, letting them know what you are interested in doing for the project. When they need you, they send you an email, letting you know who your partner is and providing a link to information about the project.

I have participated in three so far, over the last six months or so, each time being the quilter. For the first project, the quilt maker chose to assemble a string quilt (foundation pieced) with pentagon shaped horse panels in the center of each block. With most QOV quilts, it is safe to assume the quilt will go to a male, so the quilting patterns I choose from are a bit more limited. I decided on a baptist fan pattern, which did nicely to complement the quilt without accentuating the angles any more. I then bound the quilt, attached the label, washed it, filled out the destination form and mailed it as directed. This one went straight to a military medical unit overseas.

my first QOV

The second project was a red, white and blue quilt, and I did a simple angular quilting pattern to mimic the stars in the fabric, using variegated thread on the front and back. The quilt maker requested I send it back to her to bind and mail.

QOV 2

The third quilt is again a red, white and blue, and I tried a new quilting pattern, again with variegated blue and white thread on the backside. This one I will bind and send to the quilt maker for her to ship, per her request.

QOV 3

We also create journals to go with the quilt. It’s more of a letter or log, from the quilt top maker and the quilter, with pictures (if possible), but the purpose is to inform the soldier of how the quilt came about, who was involved in it and the process of making and quilting it. It’s really a nice touch.

This is a great charity to be involved in, especially if you have a busy schedule and want to support our combat┬áveterans. And it’s a wonderful way to get to know others that share this wonderful hobby! Happy quilting my friends!