Not only are two more quilts done but I am done with crumb blocks for a while! Way back in 2005 I pulled out my scrap basket, sorted the scraps into color groups and proceeded to sew about a billion crumb blocks. I even designed patterns for each of them and bought the sashing and setting fabric. I started off well and got the first quilt, Mardi Gras, done in 2006. That quilt is enjoyed in the guest house. Kids love it. Then I lost my mojo for this project. It returned to them last year and I finished Zig Zag with the blue and tan blocks. That quilt is on my guest bed upstairs. Earlier this year I made On Point with the black, white and red blocks. That quilt is in a closet because it's too big for our queen bed. The last group of blocks were green and tan and the quilt I designed was another huge quilt.
I. Could. Not. Bear. It.
About that time I was thinking of a new Quilt of Valor or Veteran's quilt project. I had decided that I would alternate making QOV and Veteran's quilts since I have an affinity for both organizations. I had so many blocks and so much fabric I wondered if I could make one of each from the green blocks.
I had enough fabric for 2 quilts and the backing for one and now, thankfully, the crumb blocks are all gone.
The Veteran's quilt is 48 x 60 because that's the size that the organization requests. I used the same basic layout that I did for my last Veteran's quilt.
The Quilt of Valor is 68 x 82. I could have used an extra row of blocks but I kind of like the top and bottom border of gold bars. One thing I noticed after the quilts were done is the bit of red int he blocks. THese quilts aren't super exciting to begin with but I think that bit of red really makes a difference.
My Guild provides the batting for the Veteran's quilts and it's Hobbs 80/20. I've never used it before. I do like quilting with it and it makes a really soft quilt but, personally, I like a beefier batting like Quilter's Dream Blend or Warm & Natural. I used W&N in the QOV. Both are quilted with my favorite manly pantograph, Square Spiral in a gold King Tut thread.
Fast and easy. I like that!
The Veteran's quilt will go to the coordinator in my guild and the QOV will go to Alycia. Alycia works tirelessly for the QOV program. I really enjoyed working on the two quilts at the same time and that's the approach I am doing for the next two quilts.
I could tell myself that I will not make mroe crumb blocks but I know that would be a lie. Sometimes it's fun to just sit and sew a bunch of random scraps together and it's only a matter of time before I am back at it.