Vicki’s Sweatshop was in full force this weekend. It did have some football breaks and a break to go to the Downton costume exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society Saturday morning, but otherwise I worked on veterans quilts. I’ll post about the Downton costumes later this week once I edit the photos.
The veterans quilts are made by my quilt club, Country School Quilters. We donate them to McGuire Veterans Hospital to the dialysis and chemo units. The members make the tops, Terry and I quilt them and the members bind and label them. The club purchases the batting and backing. The reports of gratitude that we get back from the recipients keep us motivated! We also take donations of tops. If you have a top that is about 48 x 60 (we don't do larger quilts) that would be appropriate for a veteran (mostly men) leave me a message and I'll tell you how to get it to us.
Here are the veterans quilts that I’ve finished last week and weekend.
This quilt was foundation pieced and the piecer had a few seams separate while she was removing the papers.
No problem! This is the perfect design to nail down the seams.
It makes a great design on the back too.
Usually I do the wavy cross-hatch for these 4-patch quilts. But I’m working on samples for my new-owners class so I needed to do something different.
Like the wavy cross-hatch this swirl is worked on the diagonal in a continuous line across the quilt.
Also a great pattern on the back!
Quilts with sashed blocks can be difficult to do continuous so I often do an all-over design for these.
The ribbon stipple is perfect and looks kind of patriotic.
Betsy makes these beautiful quilts with lots of tiny pieces. This is Chris’ favorite so far. He always (unknowingly) picks Betsy’s quilts as his favorites. This is another candidate for an all over design so that I can avoid having to do the border separate.
I love doing these big stippled leaves. Very fast!
This Chinese coins quilt was calling for lines.
Three free-motion straight lines near the seams act kind of like stitch-in-the ditch. A large and soft zig-zag (no points) fills in between the straight lines.
I love the texture on the back.
Another quilt with a border means overall design to me. The gold print has a little swirl in it so I pulled my quilting design from that.
Here it is from the back. I like it. I like all of them!
I have 2 more loaded and one of them done. My goal is to get 6 done this week…..maybe more!