Sunday, September 15, 2013

Recap of 09-13-13 Meeting

Q.  What did we create at this month’s Quilts of Valor meeting?
A.  Piles of prize-worthy pillowcase presentation packages!

Each of the quilts that we sew are awarded to their recipient in a pillowcase presentation package and we like to have lots of these on hand – ready for that *next* quilt that gets finished.  The good news was that we were running very low because we have made and awarded so many quilts this year.  The bad news is that there remains a great need for more Quilts of Valor to be made and distributed.  If you would like to get in on this great project, please come and join us at our next meeting.

Now for the update on the special Mock Trip Around the World quilt that we were working on at the last meeting.  This variation of block placement is called Many Trips Around the World - Linda finished adding the borders to it after the meeting and *TaDa!* the Big Reveal:  

Someone is going to love to receive that quilt.  And in keeping with their tag team effort, Debbie added borders to the class sample Trip Around the World that Linda had made and another Big Reveal:

We also had a multitude of other quilts and tops brought in.  These are from our favorite pattern designed by Bonnie Hunter, called the Fourth of July (see the sidebar for a link to her Quiltville website and free pattern).  This is such a versatile pattern because we can use a variety of donated fabrics.

this is a variation of how the blocks are placed

Debbie and Diana both finished these flag quilts.

This pattern was designed by Connie Doern and Marianne Fons of Fons & Porter fame.  Many people look at this and think that the flag is “backwards”.   But, this is the correct way to display a hanging flag (as opposed to a flag on a pole) per the US Flag Code:
“When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

Check out these beautiful quilts that were made or quilted using an embroidery machine.  Linda quilted her beautiful Carpenter’s Star with patriotic symbols using her machine and Debbie used hers for the appliqué of her hearts and stars quilt.  Both are gorgeous!

detail of applique

And we had three Jelly Roll quilts!  Linda, Kathy and Barbara worked up jelly roll quilts to bring in this month – and this was Barbara’s first ever.  Linda had already quilted hers and it was marvelous work.


Both Diana and Linda worked up quilts using the Warm Wishes pattern featured in Quiltmaker Magazine.  Click on the link for the free pattern.  This is an easy pattern to work with and it always comes out looking unique and fantastic.

detail of Linda's patriotic fabrics


Yvonne had finished up the hand-sewing of the binding and label of the quilt that Debbie made and brought in last month.

And Debbie brought in this quilt that proves that simplicity can be lovely and very comforting:

This stupendous quilt is a work in process by Loretta:

Two of our long-armers brought back quilts.  The first is from Virginia of Palm Harbor Quilts.  Virginia has also volunteered to square up and trim her quilts for us and we appreciate the extra help!

And the second is from Kathy (the top was pieced by Ginger).  Isn’t this a great quilt?!

More photos of our worker bees and Show and Tell in the next post …

Thank you all very much, Ladies.  It was a VERY productive meeting!

See you next month:  Friday, October18, 2013

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