While most Quilts of Valor recipients prefer a patriotic theme color scheme, there are some that would rather have one that is more suited to their decor. Some also have issues with post traumatic stress where a patriotic theme would be too painful to see everyday. With that in mind, we like to have a few Quilts of Valor in the closet to award that are more everyday in colors. This particular quilt top was made by a lady in Oklahoma, specifically for a veteran who lives here. The top is all batik fabrics. The backing is a thin polyester fabric she sent with the top to be quilted.
I loaded it on the longarm, using the Warm and White batting sent with it.
I thought the best pantograph to use was one that suggested a patriotic feel, with stars. I often use this one on Quilts of Valor.
I used navy blue Glide in the top with navy Bottom Line in the bobbin. With a solid navy backing, it was really the only choice.
It was a good thing the navy looked nice on the lighter prints too.
It wasn’t until I began quilting it that I realized the thin black lines were actually grosgrain ribbon.
I worked on it around the many other things going on right now, but it only took a few days to finish.
I delivered it back to the committee last week for binding. The group leader said the lady that made it will be coming to the ceremony where it will be awarded to the veteran she knows. That ceremony will be an emotional one, I am sure. They all are to some degree, and the ceremony words bring tears to my eyes every time.
If you are not a part of this organization to honor our veterans with quilts, you can find out about chapters in your area at qovf.org. I know there are other organizations for this as well, and we have more veterans than we can honor, so any and all help is appreciated. If you know of a veteran you’d like to nominate, all nominations go through the national website, and then are given to the chapter where the veteran lives.
Are you sewing this week?