A Collaborative Quilt of Valor

I received these red, white and blue patriotic blocks blocks from sweet friend Melanie almost a year ago when I was looking for some patriotic orphan blocks to make another Quilt of Valor.  She thought they would make a wonderful quilt with the patriotic prints, but needed some help getting it finished, and was willing for them to go to a local veteran here.   I was involved with the Fire Quilt project at the time and I put them aside to assemble later.  They were in a bag with some patriotic scraps, and I forgot about them.  Then I needed to design the projects for Autumn Jubilee project, do that event, and then the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project began, and I just didn’t get back to it.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Finally, after Christmas, I found them again.  I needed a quick project to fit in while waiting for the last two tops my friends are helping to assemble for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project (click on that link if you missed Sunday’s post).  I figured I had time to do something with them.  I wanted the total size of the quilt to be closer to 60 x 80 recommended for QOVs, so I found some star print on a blue background and added sashing between the blocks.  The blocks are 13-inches.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It was right here, when I had the blocks all assembled, that I realized that I didn’t have enough fabric left to complete the outer sashing.  Ah, rats!!

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I found a similar print with smaller stars, and put it around the outside edge.  Hopefully it will look like I planned it that way, LOL!!

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It needed something more to finish it, so I added a red border.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Loading it on the longarm, the only backing fabric I had that would work was a white tone on tone.  I normally like to use fabrics with color and more print on the back.  But, white was the only thing I had enough of that would coordinate with the top.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

That meant I had to use white thread, not my favorite thing, but to do any other color would show every wobble and start/stop on the back side.  So, it was quilted with white King Tut thread on top and white Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The pantograph is called Tiger Swirls from Urban Elementz, a more masculine motif than the feathers or flowers.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The quilting went smoothly this time, no glitches or thread breaks.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It went so well that I had the entire top quilted in just one day.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Trimmed up, I used a remnant of a wide backing for the binding, giving me 100-inch long strips, which meant only four seams.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

For our veterans, I wanted to do the binding by hand.  I like having a handwork project, as it gives me something to do while watching football games.  Wild Card Weekend was quite a nail biter!!

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This quilt will be presented in a few months, and I hope I get invited to go to the ceremony.  The last one I attended was quite moving, see that story HERE.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All done.  The quilting shows up in the red border, giving it more pattern.  Still, my first choice would have been blue thread for this one.  Thanks, Melanie, your blocks worked beautifully.

Collaborative QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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19 thoughts on “A Collaborative Quilt of Valor

  1. Liz Horgan

    Beautiful quilt Carole!! Sometimes I pull my quilts together the same way–let me use what I have!
    I’m working on a quilt to donate to a fundraiser for one of the students where I work, and also a quilt to donate to an online quilt auction for Ovarian Cancer at MD Anderson in Texas.

  2. Nicely done! The darker blue makes me think of a frame, like a mat in a picture. It really looks great. The latest QOVF newsletter talked about a “national QOV” sewing day on Feb 2. Had you seen it?? I will be away, but our local group is getting together to work on blocks.

  3. I really like this quilt. The sweetly simple blocks set together in a straightforward way. And using what is on hand, to me, makes a more interesting quilt, rather than all matchy-matchy. This speaks to me of what quilting is all about. Charming!

  4. Kathryn Laposata

    I make a veteran’s quilt each year, and members of my guild make blocks using a suggested pattern each year that results in a few more. What a good cause.

  5. farmquilter

    Beautiful quilt!! Why were you forced to use white thread to quilt this quilt? I have used different colors in my bobbin and on top to quilt…white with red and white with black, with no problems or pokies. My customers love it when the back of the quilt looks like a whole cloth quilt with different thread colors too. Some give me solid backing just so I will do that for them!! No matter what color thread you used, this quilt turned out beautifully!! Great collaboration!

  6. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, The blocks that Melanie sent to you are beautiful and the Quilt Of Valor that you made turned out fabulously! I had to giggle a tad bit about your dilemma, only because a quilt I recently put together I faced the same problem almost. I picked out a border fabric and totally misjudged the amount I needed and so ended up using another fabric to border the remaining two sides of the quilt. I could have ripped out the first border fabric, but I just did not want to. LOL at myself. Your choices look fantastic and do look exactly like it was completely planned that way! Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilts with us! I know that they always make me feel like smiling knowing you are helping out another person who needs a hug and a warm quilt to hold close to their hearts as it keeps them warm! Thank you for all that you do! Have a fantastic day!

  7. Melanie

    Carole, what a great job you did with those blocks! I love the entire quilt, borders and all! Thanks for sharing your work with all of us and for all you do for others. Hugs to you! m

  8. Linda B

    Wow, how nicely that came out! You have some energy girl! I am actually working on a comforter for my husband (my own vet!), where I took an older wool army blanket and covered it front and back with flannel sheets. Have tied it, rather than quilt. Just need to get the binding on now and hopefully he can use it before summer gets here!

  9. sharon schipper

    So special, and I like the white, esp what shows up in the outer borders. I have some orphan patriotic color blocks I’ll have to pull out and see what else I can do with them, they were a charm pack I won somewhere and I used them as leaders and enders and made nice four patches with them. Sadly the one personal quilt I had in planning is off, my nephew’s wife had a miscarriage in her third month. We were only waiting to find out the sex and had already chosen a pattern. So my next small projects are taking some odds and ends of vintage fabrics that came with some antique blocks on eBay and making some kitchen pretties, toaster cover, keurig cover… maybe a table runner. PLus, the long delayed finish on my grandmother’s quilt tops that are being turned into smaller table toppers for our own kids. I printed off some pages in the UFO challenges going around this time of year, between my daughter and I, quilting projects about 15, but add in other sewing projects? I think at least 25! whoo hoo! Inspiring to see you pulling out laid aside work and finishing up…

  10. dezertsuz

    Nicely done, and very helpful. I like the design elements that were forced by available fabric. Sometimes those make the best quilts!

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