Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Progress on the 'Fab Five' quilt for the DGD w/Updates...

Behind the scenes, been working on the Fab Five quilt for our super-special DGD, Jade.

Fab Five - Queen size!
The coordinating fabrics are lush and wonderful and play so nicely together!  You may remember the Dr. Who quilt we created a few years ago for same DGD.  Now that she's gotten older and wiser, ;-), time for something a little more mature.  However, I don't see the Dr. Who going anywhere anytime soon!  (After this posting was published, I was reminded by a family member that the Dr. Who quilt was just created last January, 2014 - my how time flies! ;-)

Already made the drapes from the awesome fabrics in the center of this block:

9 picture frame blocks complete
Time to finish piecing the alternating 'filler blocks':

Sewing the four-patch units
Chain piecing the 4-patch units together - only 24 left to go!

UPDATE 7/31/2015 - The Fab Five quilt top is ALL finished and heading for the quilt frame:

Fab Five quilt top completed!
We decided on the Kandinsky panto from UrbbanElementz.com and it is quilting out great!

Kadinsky Panto
Quilting - loooong view ;-)
We're trying something on this panto we've been experimenting with on a few quilts lately and that is...many digital pantos, the kind we use anyway, will print out in a straight line and not 'nest' without quite of bit of fiddling with prior to printing.  Since we do not enjoy that 'straight panto line look', Miss Betty & I have been going back and 'echo quilting' around the finished panto.  We are lovin' this effect.  May be looking into those NEW echo feet HQ just came out with...we'll keep you posted.

UPDATE 8/5/2015:

Echo quilting in between the 'straight rows' of the Kandinsky panto
All echoed and pantoed out ;-)
Fab Five coming off the frame!
Off the frame and ready for binding...

UPDATE 8/10/2015 - Binding:

Fab Five getting bound

UPDATE 8/13/2015 - Fab Five quilt label:

Embroidering that special quilt label for a super-special DGD!
Fab Five FINALLY Finished!

Fab Five ALL Finished and ready to be delivered ;-)
And we're off to deliver!

Time to get back to it...Later,

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Another Very Special QOV coming off the frame...

This Quilt of Valor has some very special meaning and symbolic symbolism behind it.  But first, to go back to how it all began.  My DGD & I were checking out at a local convenience store when the friendly smiling checker asked us what we were up to, since we were purchasing ALL kinds of patriotic decorations for an upcoming QOV Event.  We shared a little bit about our Quilts of Valor Mission and she immediately asked if her son, and IRAQI Veteran, would be eligible to be nominated for a Quilt of Valor and of course we answered YES!

Cross & Crown Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
We shared with Bobbie how she could nominate her Illinois Veteran son for a QOV, (and she also has another son who resides in Indiana who is also a Veteran, whom she nominated).  A few days later, I received a phone call, letting me know that she had some fabrics she'd like to donate to our Group and if there were any that could possibly be used to create a special QOV for her son.

She mentioned that even though most of the fabrics were not patriotic in nature, her son would prefer a quilt in some of the colors of her fabrics, if possible.  And, since he was becoming an ordained Minister, could we incorporate something along those lines that would correlate to his new profession.  Understandably, we get these requests from time to time.  We are here to serve, honor and cover our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

And that's what we did!  Didn't our toppers, Helen and Dorothy, do a wonderful job creating this Quilt of Valor out of Bobbie's fabrics:

Just look at those nice, sharp points!

Looks like everything is lining up nicely

We chose the Baptist Fan quilting design, which seemed to suit this special Quilt of Valor

Close-up of Baptist Fan quilting turned out great
All that's left is the binding and the labeling and this Quilt of Valor will be all ready to award.

East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor will be awarding this QOV on Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 2:00 pm (CST) at the Marshall Public Library in Marshall, IL...EVERYONE Welcome!

Once again...time to bind ;-)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Denim & Gold Quilt of Valor coming off the frame...

Been working on this Denim & Gold Quilt of Valor for a few days now, just took it off the frame:

Denim & Gold QOV coming off the frame
This striking QOV was wonderful to quilt, especially those nice, lush borders:

Denim Gold quilting thread used to McTavish this Navy Blue border

Jamie Wallen's continuous Firecracker swirls in the Red borders, 
Angela Walters' Toothpick quilting in the Pledge of Allegiance borders, 
and of course, another of my favorites - 
McTavishing quilting w/Denim Gold thread in the Navy Blue borders

And then there's the back - always LOVE looking at those backs, don't you?

But probably the most interesting part of this patriotic Quilt of Valor and where it got its name, the main interior with its Denim & Gold displayed proudly with our American Flag:

Hope you ALL had a wonderful & safe 4th of July - time to bind!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th Everyone!

Happy 4th of July EVERYONE!  Stay safe while celebrating our Independence Day w/Family & Friends...