Having participated in a Quilts of Valor presentation, I wanted to try to give more to that organization. So, when my friend Bonnie asked me to quilt one for her, I readily agreed. She brought this lovely pieced scrappy red, white, and blue, with a red wide backing. Wide backings are lovely, LOL!!
The great part is she says, ‘just do whatever’. So, I picked red Glide thread for the top with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
I’ve said this before, but I tend to go with darker colors for quilting to give more pattern to the white and cream background while allowing the red and blue piecing design to shine.
The pantograph is Halcyon by Lorien for Willow Leaf Studios.
Quilting went easily.
I like the look of the red on the borders too.
Bless Bonnie, she knows how to attach borders flat, using the Measure and Cut method.
All finished quilting. Bonnie came by to pick it up, and we trimmed it before she went home. She plans to present it in June at the next presentation ceremony.
You may remember the Collaborative Quilt of Valor that I did with reader Melanie’s patriotic blocks. I wasn’t able to attend that presentation, but told Didi to just go ahead with someone else presenting.
Later, Lt Col King sent this note through to everyone associated with the presentation. “This is just a note to thank you and all the ladies of Quilts of Valor for the beautiful quilt and the wonderful ceremony where I received my quilt. This is an item I will cherish for the rest of my life and be proud to pass on to my son who is also a Marine. I cannot decide if I want to place it around me as I sit in my recliner, hang it on a wall for everyone to see, or lock it away for safe keeping. I took the quilt to my church this morning and showed it to members with pride and a deep sense of thanks to the ladies that made all this happen for me. Please share my thanks to everyone involved in your program. With sincere appreciation I am Lt Col Hubert ‘Bert’ G. King, Jr.” He is second from the left in the picture below.
I wrote him this note back to encourage him to use his quilt. “Hello, Lt. Col. King,
Thank you for your most thoughtful note. I am one of the quilters who worked on your quilt. With your permission, I’d like to share your picture and your words on my blog. And if I can venture some advice, quilters most like for the quilts to be used, loved and worn out – never stored in a drawer or put away. Please use it and enjoy being wrapped in a hug of gratitude every day. It was my honor to be a part of thanking you for your service.”
And he sent back this note – “Thank you for the kind words and thoughts. I will try to wear it out sitting in my recliner but it is of such a quality, I am sure I will pass it on to my son. In May, I am going to my 50 year Basic school reunion in Quantico, Va. and I am taking the quilt to show all my fellow Marine Officers. Senator Jim Webb was in my class and will be there. Bert”
I won’t be able to attend the next presentation as it hits on a day I already have a day long adventure planned. But, I will try to get working on my QOV from retreat to present later in the year. Are you working on a quilt now? Have you made a Quilt of Valor or attended a presentation?