22 May, 2019

Quilts of Valor

I have really enjoyed being a volunteer quilter for Quilts of Valor. It's a unique opportunity to give back, practice my  long-arming and being treated to new and different patriotic quilt top designs; layouts, settings and blocks.  
I receive and quilt two a month and just finished this month's assignment. They are folded and boxed and ready to be shipped back for binding and future presentation. I thought you would like to see them too.
I loved this simple block design and the way it combined over all to create the look of the "floating" square. It looks great in red, white and blue but would be equally stunning in any three color combination. Here is a close up of the block.
I drafted it up in EQ to save the idea on a front-burner of my brain. (Too many ideas get back burnered and, eventually, fall off the stove top!) The colored block plan and cutting directions are below, enjoy!
The block measures 12", finished. It is composed of the following pieces: cut 1 center square (shown in blue), 6.5". From white fabric cut 2 rectangles, 6.5" X 3.5" and 2 squares, 3.5" squares. Cut from red: 2 rectangles, 6.5" X 3.5" and 2 squares, 3.5" squares. Lay out the block as shown above. Using 1/4" seam, attach two joined squares to the top and bottom of the center square, paying attention to color placement and then adding the side rectangles which have been joined on the short ends. Press. Repeat. Admire!
Life is Good!


cityquilter grace said...

such a worthy endeavor mrs g....our guild is awarding another at our june mtg, a navy vet viet nam era!

Janet O. said...

Good for you--what a worthy thing to do with your time and skills.
I really like the way the darker block floats above the diagonals.

Little Penpen said...

Those are so pretty! What a great way to honor our heroes.

Sandie Rosenthal said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern but also for showing your quilting design close up. I too volunteer for QOV and am constantly looking for simple but eye catching quilting designs.