It is Veteran’s Day weekend, time to honor our living veterans and thank them for their service. One of the ways I do this is by participating in the Quilts of Valor organization. In October, I went to a retreat and got a little farther on my Quilt of Valor that I started last February. I had to set it aside while I was covered up in the hurricane project quilts. With Veteran’s Day tomorrow, it is a good time to pull it back out and get a little farther on it. Plus, I have some QOV news to share. So, let me review what I did last February, and where it stands now as I’ve had a few new readers want to see the block from the beginning. At the February retreat, I used some jelly roll strips to make four patches.
I had a layer cake in patriotic colors, so I cut 10-inch backgrounds to pair up. Using Moda Cake Mix papers set #3, I made a plethora of HSTs in an amazingly short amount of time.
These are so easy and fast with the papers, once you cut apart the HSTs, there is no trimming.
Perfect HSTs, just a quick pop of the paper and a press, and they are done.
I paired up red ones and blue ones into flying geese.
Then I decided to make those into square in a square elements for the center. The four patches were placed with the blue to the center and red larger squares.
For the ones with blue large squares, I put the red to the center on the four patches.
I kept going until I had 12 blocks done.
Then I set this project aside while I worked on hurricane quilts for the next several months. For the recent retreat, I cut sashing strips and took along another print for borders.
Each block got one strip on the side and one across the top.
Then the blocks went onto the design wall, and this was the final placement.
I sewed them together, and added the left and bottom border, completing the sashing.
Looking at the flag print, I really didn’t like it all that much with the rest of the top, so I brought it home without the final border. At home, I had a nice cream color print with a red star that I liked much better. Final borders were added with this print to bring it up to the right size.
The scale of the red/cream matches the blue star sashing and I just thought it looked much more cohesive.
Here’s the other corner.
So, finally the top is done and meets the Quilt of Valor size requirements. I loaded it on the longarm for quilting. I’ll have that for you soon.
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