A few days ago I got an email from the challenge coordinator of a local guild asking if I happened to be free on Friday morning. The Western Reserve Quilters Anonymous Guild had a Quilts of Valor challenge and today was the day when members were to bring in their quilts.
There were 17 quilts and tops on display. A few were donated today and others will be donated after the guild’s quilt show.
I’ve been a bit of a slacker this week but I did manage to finish two and half hexagons. Powder is unimpressed as noted by the huge yawn. (Actually she looks quite vicious in this picture but trust me, it was a yawn.)
I did finish one swap block.
I do have quilts for show and tell though.
Ever since I’ve been the State Coordinator for Ohio for Quilts of Valor I’ve had a dream. I wanted to have a stash of a few quilts so I would have some on hand whenever a request came in. What I’ve been doing is emailing my state volunteers and begging whenever I have a request.
Now, I have a stash. A local quilt shop had a sewing day and made 7 quilts. I picked them up this weekend.
I love this flag design.
There are three of this sampler quilt.
A sampler in another colorway
A cute star quilt
Edge to edge stars
Even the backs are cute. This is the back on all the red, white, and blue samplers.
The first of these quilts will be going to its new home as soon as the soldier gets home from reserve duty in May. He’s been waiting for a bit because the quilt that was meant for him got lost in the mail. Now that we have a stash I can fill any requests that come in and maybe even help out other states!
I knew I wanted to do something Valentine’s Day-ish but I wasn’t sure what. This quilt will probably end up with a man so I didn’t want it to be too girly. Then I saw a picture of a patriotic heart block. That was perfect.
There weren’t any directions so I sketched it out and had some quality time with Pythagoras to get the sizes. I figured since I did the math I would make a tutorial for exactly how I made it.
Cut 1.5″ strips of red and white
Make a 10.5″ long strip set of red – white – red and a 5.5″ strip set of red – white.
Cut a 2.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle of blue print and sew it to the red – white strip set.
Cut a 5.5″ square of blue print and a 5.5″ square of white. Sew them together. Sew this to the red – white – red strip.
Cut out a 5.5″ square of white. Cut it once on the diagonal. Sew it to the sides of the blue squares as shown.
Cut a 8.5″ square of white on the diagonal. Sew it to the other corners.
Your block now looks like this.
Take a ruler and start to square it up. Use colorful language when you realize that the width is about 14″ and you had calculated a 12″ block. Decide that Pythagoras was a dirty liar. You could make a 14″ block here by squaring it up and then adding borders to the top and bottom to make it 14″ all the way around. I’m making a 12″ sampler so I took a deep breath, centered the block, and cut the width to 12.5″. Then I added a small border on the bottom to make it square.
I finished the top of the lattice quilt Sunday night.
I was excited because I had a plan. I had an extra day off on Monday so I was going to do another top on Monday and Tuesday in order to send it off for a veteran’s retreat that Quilts of Valor Ohio was making quilts for. It was coming down to the finish time and we had most but not all of the quilts. I quit for the night, went upstairs, and checked my email. I got an email that out of the blue a guild that I didn’t know was involved in Quilts of Valor was volunteering to send us the remaining quilts we needed! With what they promised and other quilts that I know are coming in, we are actually a bit ahead of what we need in the state right this second. That’s been one of my goals.
So then I was confused. The sense of urgency to make another top was gone. I decided to work on something just for me. That took a whole mental change of gears that was surprisingly hard. But, I figured out what I wanted to do.
I finished all the blocks for my Spaghetti Junction quilt.
Now here’s the question. Borders. What color? I’m thinking a thin inner border of the grey that is used in each block but then what? Aqua, red, black, something else entirely?
I’m starting my block a day project in February. I’m going to make one 12 inch block every day for 25 days and then put a top together for Quilts of Valor by the end of the month. I’ll be posting on Ohio’s Facebook page and here if anyone wants to play along.
I planned on getting more done but I had to put my machine in time out for acting up. It kept saying that it had a thread tangled even after I unthreaded it. I finally took it all apart and found a ball of lint the size of my bobbin in the bobbin case. Taking that out fixed things!
I’m a state coordinator for Quilts of Valor, an organization that makes quilts for veterans. January 1 is going to be the 1st Annual Quilts of Valor New Year’s Day Sit N Sew!
1. Pick a pattern that you would like to make that you think you can piece in one day.
2. Cut out all your fabrics during December.
3. On January 1st sit and sew it together.
4. When your top is finished, request a volunteer longarmer http://www.qovf.org/req-longarmer.html or arrange to have it quilted by a volunteer longarmer in your area (if you have one)
5. After your quilt is finished (bound, labeled, washed & in a presentation case), request a destination and put NYD S&S in the comments field of the request form. You will receive information on where to send your quilt and your name will then be entered into a drawing for prizes (to be announced)
6. A winner will be drawn for every 13 NYD S&S quilts, which are completed by March 13, 2013, for which a destination is requested. So the sooner you finish your quilt, the better your chance is of winning.
I’ve already picked my pattern. Now I just have to get it cut out! Everyone is welcome to join in. Tell everyone you know and let’s see how many quilts we can get made.
I almost never buy quilt books or patterns but I liked the designs I saw in Living Large 2 so I asked for it for Christmas last year. I finally got started on one of the quilts.
I’m making the cover quilt Spaghetti Junction. I bought a blogger bundle of fat quarters called Luna Landing from Pink Castle fabrics. Yep, I’m using a purchased pattern and fat quarters bought just for this quilt which I am going to keep. It is weird for me.
So far I have this:
I’m making it as a leader – ender project so I can be working on multiple quilts at once.
This bunch of blocks:
Has become this:
This top is going to be heading off to be quilted and then will be donated through Quilts of Valor. I’m coordinating a project to get 25 quilts donated for a retreat for veterans with PTSD in the spring. If anyone is interested in helping out, let me know.