Sunday, August 30, 2015

One QOV coming off the frame, another just added! w/Updates...

Thought I'd get 'the seven' loaded and quilted right away...that's what I get for thinkin' ;-)  Soooo after a loooong week of answering phones/emails/texts regarding some rather mundane issues, was FINALLY  able to get back to the FUN business of quilting.  The first one getting quilted:

#1 Vietnam Vet QOV started to get quilted
Naturally, 'Miss Betty' & I have chosen to McTavish quilt the patriotic flag borders:

McTavished patriotic flag borders/firecracker swirls in the navy blue border
And of course, two other quilting favorites - firecracker swirls in the navy blue borders and crazy 8's in the white sashings:

Borders ALL quilted out!
We chose a long-time panto friend, Random Stars by Dave Hudson, using LAVA Diamond Head, and it quilted flawlessly!

Random Stars panto w/swirls
And the back, coming off the frame:

Backs are good!

The next QOV will be quilted out very similarly, since BOTH of these Quilts of Valor will be awarded at the same time during the same QOV event.  Our East Central IL QOV Group received this request earlier this year via our QOVF Assistant Executive Director, and we were more than honored to comply:

#2 Vietnam Veteran QOV - Just starting to get 'pantoed out' in the main interior
And a quick peek at the McTavished border:

McTavishing in the stars & stripe border

Barring any further delays, should be ALL finished up quilting both of these beauties later today...Wish me Luck!

UPDATE later that same day/evening - QOV #2 coming off the frame.  ALL your wishes of Luck paid off...Thank YOU!

QOV #2 coming off the frame
It's Binding Time!  

UPDATE 9/7/2015:  ALL bound and ready to ship:

Both Vietnam Quilts of Valor labeled w/Award documents ready to be packed & shipped
just in time for their Missouri Reunion!

Additional details regarding the creation and completion of these two very special Quilts of Valor may be found by following these two blog links below:

Time to start packing...


Friday, August 21, 2015

The Strips are ON!

After cutting and sewing for what seems like FOREVER, actually it's barely been a week BUT my, how time c-r-a-w-l-s while trying to finish up what I consider 'mundane but necessary' tasks to get to the good stuff, QUILTING w/Miss Betty - I finally have something to show from all this activity...yippee!  So without further ado, border STRIPS have been successfully added to seven (7) QOV quilt tops, and bindings have also been completed for the following:

QOV quilt top #1

QOV quilt top #2

QOV quilt top #3

QOV quilt top #4

QOV quilt top #5
QOV quilt top #6

QOV quilt top #7
While I may not be fond of 'creating & attaching' the border strips, I dearly LOVE seeing each quilt, once it is ALL bordered-out.  Even I get pleasantly surprised at just how neat many of them turn out ;-)

Nothing left to say except...Time to QUILT!