My guild, the Country School Quilter and other Chapters of the Richmond Quilter's Guild, started a project last year to make quilts for a nearby veteran's home. I was a bad girl last year and didn't get any quilts made and I promised myself that I would recify that this year.
Verteran Quilt #1
48" x 60"
Here's my first contribution. At the end of January I cut up all of the fabrics left from my Coming Home palette. I had some 2 1/2" strips and I cut the rest into as many tumbler blocks as I could (thanks to my GO! Tumbler die that I love). I sewed all of the tumblers together and had enough for the right length but the quilt wasn't wide enough. I used the 2 1/2" strips to create a piano key border and had just enough of them left for the binding.
I love the effect of the pieced tumblers mixed in with the plain ones and, of course, I love the colors.
I am thrilled to have this project completed in less than 2 months! I did all of the piecing at the Country School saturday sewing sessions.
I had the quilting done in 2 evenings (which means only 2 hours) and it couldn't have been easier. I had been wanting to try this technique that I learned on the Pajama Quilter CD and I love it for adding a lot of great texture easily and it's perfect for a quilt for a man. I can't recommend the Pajama Quilter CDs for new long/mid-arm quilter enough. They are excellent for giving you some simple but really effective quilting ideas.
I used Superior King Tut on top and Superior So Fine! in the bobbin.
After I completed that top Saturday I started on this quilt. It will also be a Veteran quilt. The red fabrics are left from the last QOV that I made. I had cut all of the half square trianges out and have been using them as leaders and enders. Saturday I made up the 12 blocks. Next time I will start adding the block frames and sashing. This should go together quickly.
Speaking of my QOV, I was thrilled to see my QOV in a photo on Alycia's blog. She rarely is allowed to take photos of quilt presentations so I was pleasantly surprised to see my little quilt with it's new owner. I hope it provides her comfort and strenght as she heals. As soon as I finish the pinwheel quilt I will make another QOV. Alycia is always in need of more quilts!