Piddling around with elements at the retreat last February, I wanted to use some patriotic layer cake fabrics and some jelly roll strips for a Quilt of Valor. I showed this last March after the retreat, and they have been put away since then as I was just too involved with the Hurricane Quilt Project to finish it. Plus, due to my vacation trip and secret sewing for Autumn Jubilee, I can’t show you what I am working on right now. There is also a block drive I want to tell you about for QOV, so I hope you don’t mind this recap of my UFO, with an update. I began with jelly roll strips, sewing reds and blues to beige lights, then crosscut all the two-strip units, and sewed a red unit to a blue one to make four-patches. I made 48, enough for 12 blocks with four to a block.
I had some layer cake fabrics, and I used the Moda Cake Mix papers set #3 to make some HSTs. Actually a lot of HSTs in just a short time!!
Sewing goes fast and these make 18 per page.
So in under 2 hours, I had 144 sewed and cut.
Papers were removed, and the seams pressed to the dark side.
I placed the half square triangles into flying geese, with a red and blue on each one.
Next, the flying geese were turned into square in a square elements for the center of the block.
Using some 4-1/2-inch red squares, I arranged the blocks orienting the dark blue on the four-patch units to the center.
I did it the opposite way for the blue patches, orienting the red on the four-patch units to the center.
I now have 12 blocks done, but the blocks alone are not big enough to meet the minimum size for a QOV. I like to make mine 60×80 or thereabouts to cover almost anyone. So sashing is in order, and I found some star print that will work. The sashing strips are cut, but I’m not going to sew them right now. I’ll be taking these to a retreat in October to assemble. The tiny flag print on the left will be a border.
I also have these two jelly rolls to take, maybe a second QOV top will come from these. I don’t care for the jelly roll race or simple strips tops, so I’ll need to do a bit of research for a nice pattern to use these up. If I can’t think of anything else, I can always just do nine-patches and pair those with some larger squares.
Speaking of nine-patches, a simple one is the block of choice for the National QOV Block Drive. Pulling out some red, white and blue, I got busy making two blocks to send. The squares are cut at 4-1/2-inches to make a 12-1/2-inch block to send.
Mere minutes later and they are ready to go in the mail.
Now, here is an opportunity for you to get involved with Quilts of Valor. The national office of Quilts of Valor is doing a block drive. Blocks are simple nine patches with either a red-white color combination or a blue-white color combination. It doesn’t matter if you do color or white in the corners as they can use both. All the details are in this pdf – QOV Block drive 2020 – including instructions to mail to your state’s coordinator, so all your efforts will go to your local veterans. It is a bit of a pain, you have to email your state coordinator to get the correct address for your state, but if that doesn’t work, you can send them to the national office. That address is on the download. So, go to your stash and make up two today to send. Share your blocks in our Facebook Sharing Group and you just might get a surprise.
One last note, next Tuesday I’ll be at the Electric City Quilters in Anderson SC to present my Decisions, Decisions program. Looking forward to meeting more quilters!!
What are you sewing today?