Embroidered Quilt of Valor

This Quilt of Valor was brought to me for quilting, and it is a wonderful study in design.  Often, our local chapter of Quilts of Valor receives boxes of fabric scraps and orphan blocks.  The supplies moved from one storage space to another, and the group had just found a nice space for monthly quilting time at Beginnings when lockdown happened.  Our leader, Didi Salvatierra, was going through some of the bounty, and found a wonderful patriotic embroidered block.  She decided to use it in a quilt, along with some pinwheels she found.  Note that the pinwheels are two different sizes.  By making frames for the embroidery panel using the pinwheels as cornerstones, Didi was able to integrate those into a cohesive whole quilt.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

We do not know who did this wonderful block.  When donations are left without a name, then jumbled with others, it is just not possible to know.  If you do know, please let Didi know, as she would love to give credit on the label.  The detail is exquisite, and it is beautifully stitched.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I loaded it on the longarm, after assuring Didi that I could quilt over this work.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quilting was done with white Glide thread in the top, and an ecru Bottom Line in the bobbin to match ecru backing.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used a pantograph that I often use as this is a big quilt.  The panto is Fascination by Lorien Quilting.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The quilting disappears over the busy prints.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Quilting stepped over the stitching easily.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Some close up views show the lovely handwork.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

White thread doesn’t really show here, so the stitchery shines.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Incredible, beautiful straight lines and expressive faces.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It appears to depict different peoples as all part of our country.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Lovely, and a wonderful focal point for a Quilt of Valor.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Continuing on, the quilting shows well in the solid colors, adding a bit of interest to those areas.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One more roll of the quilt and just a few passes to go.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All finished, and ready for binding.  On this view, you can see the dark background pinwheels placed on four corners of an outer frame.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

You did good, Didi!  Someone will be thrilled with this.

Embroidered QOV at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Are you sewing this week?

Sharing at Clever Chameleon.

41 thoughts on “Embroidered Quilt of Valor

  1. Beautiful quilt. Didi has a great eye for a layout and putting those orphans to great use. Your quilting is lovely and really enhances the project. I wondered if you would quilt “over” the embroidery, but the quilting doesn’t distract at all.

  2. You and Didi make a good team! The different values in the quilt serve to blend all the various elements well. And the quilting design and thread colors are just right, imho, to produce a beautiful finish that anyone would be delighted to own. The thoughtful finish not only honors a veteran, but the embroiderer who donated the lovely centerpiece. Great job!

  3. Michele Bretz

    My sewing this week includes matching toile fabric for a 1860 Victorian settee which traveled the world with a 3 star general who has since passed away and handed down to a friend of mine. I’ll send a picture when it is completed. Wondered if you would consider teaching me how to use a long arm the next time I work on a top? Btw, nice QOV. Michele

  4. Melissa Mathews

    Excellent inspiration! I love to embroider and will start looking for a pattern ASAP. Thank you for sharing, Carole. I believe we will start encouraging our Quilts of Valor group members to turn in “orphan” blocks to us and then let our quilt design wizard create another of her masterpiece quilts with them… Food for thought.

  5. This quilt is a beautiful result using all those orphaned blocks. I’m glad you and Didi were able to make something of meaning from all of it! No sewing for me this week or next…my sewing room is getting a makeover…new flooring. Out with the carpet (which collects threads and dust) and in with new vinyl planks (easier to keep clean). I’m in process now of packing things up (I have 4 storage cabinets in there) and moving the furniture out. An added bonus is some sorting and organization when we move everything back, which hasn’t really been done in about two years and is long overdue! In the meantime, I’m doing some scrapbooking and some hand sewing to stay busy otherwise.

  6. Such a beautiful quilt, the center of which says it all, and it would be nice to be able to track down the person who donated it. Your quilting of the block did not diminish nor distort the vibrancy of the stitching. Whomever is the lucky recipient of this QOV, will have a treasure that should be passed down from generation to generation. Your friend Didi and you did such a magnificent job of combining your talents in this one Carole. Enjoy your day.

  7. Lenora

    What a beautiful quilt! Made so much more special by several very talented hands!!! Something more to be grateful for in this mixed up world. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Patricia Evans

    There is a special talent involved in putting orphan blocks into a pleasing design. Didi hit it out of the park. And using the neutral thread color you chose for the quilting lets the embroidered block shine. Three gold stars to both of you. I finally started sandwiching a baby quilt that is long overdue. Cooler temps this weekend mean I can finally get it quilted and gifted.

  9. That’s a beautiful quilt, all made from orphan blocks! I was interested to see how you quilted over the embroidery – I’ve always wondered about how to do that that with my own embroidered pieces. This turned out just lovely, Carole!

    1. Betsy Hornbeck

      Didi, I just happened to see this on Google. What an absolutely stunning quilt! It is beyond words!!! You have a true gift for design. I do not quilt, but I do sew, embroider and do counted cross stitch. Hand work is my passion. The embroidery is magnificent. Do think there is anyway to share the “pattern” of the embroidery? Or a large detailed copy of it? I think it is so very perfect for our current difficulty times.
      Thank you for all the wonderful work you and your group do for the veterans.
      Betsy

  10. Myrna Watson

    Good morning, the “Stitchery shines”, so very true. A lovely quilt made from orphan squares etc. Didi that is talent putting that together. Carole did make it shine. Ladies a great job for a great person to appreciate QOV. Have a great day.

  11. This is one that has so much from so many in it, the centre block, truly beautiful, the pinwheels and their placing and your quilting, the large swirls and the thread a perfect finish. This will be the most wonderful gift .

  12. Joan Sheppard

    Stunning and love the quilting – like the breeze blowing while they march. The pinwheels give it some movement as well. Every about this quilt is stunning. The wide red border looks like the background pattern from paper money! Perfect head to toe. I did find a copy of the pattern for sale on ebay. Seems it was cut from a magazine. I’ll call the library and ask if they can find it through their magazine/periodical file as I’m not having much luck. Remember the old days with the card catalog? I could do that, but the computer – not so much. Thanks so much to you and your friends for rescuing this piece.

  13. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I was inspired by the way that the individual blocks were used to make this quilt such a stunning QOV. Plus, the way that your quilting talents enhanced the design and made this beautiful quilt into a true treasure that anyone who receives it will be honored. Thank you for sharing this marvelous quilt with us! Have a great day!

  14. Melanie

    Beautiful job, Carole. What a treasure! Yes, I have been sewing, sewing….keeping busy and even reorganized my sewing room. Still, I can’t find a piece of fabric I just hand my hands on recently! LOL It will surely turn up eventually. I hope!

  15. Thank you Carole!!! It looks wonderful. It really came to life with your quilting design. I can’t wait to bind it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! The larger pinwheel blocks came from a friend in Greenville, SC who knows I am involved with Q of V. I made the smaller pinwheels for cornerstones of the embroidery. I envision this will be awarded to a female Veteran in the future.

  16. Julie

    Somehow I missed reading this on the 9th, so it’s a special for me to see it on this solemn day when we honor those who died in the tragedy and the aftermath that continues.

  17. That is a fascinating block. Great to see it being used. And I am impressed with the way the different sized pin wheels were used. A lot of skill putting that one together.

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