Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Patriotic Tuesday

Hi folks! Today (Tuesday, November 11) is Veteran's Day in the US, so on this chilly, blustery day let me just start with a huge thank you to all of you out there who have served our country in any capacity. Many members of my family were drafted and my godson is serving now, along with several of our children's friends. Know that we appreciate all of you!

Over the last few days I made this patriotic medallion:

I think that this will become the center of a Quilts of Valor donation quilt. It's 32 by 32 right now, so it shouldn't be too hard to add some borders and layers to make a nice-sized lap quilt for a deserving veteran. This medallion was made from the Moda Love pattern, which is available HERE in 3 sizes (pdf). HERE is more information about Quilts of Valor, in case you feel inspired to make something cozy for a veteran yourself. They have a lot of free patterns, too.

I have started putting together the 9-patch quilt for RSC14.  Nobody laugh at this photo:

This is what we mean by "work in progress."  Actually, I put this corner together to test out the black and white fabric. I actually used a different black and white than I showed before. This one is a little more dense than the first one. I decided to use the black and white for sashing as well as the setting triangles, and I think it makes the 9-patches look like they're floating.

Also, what do you think  of the "cornerstones"? I'm still on the fence (ha,ha!) about the half-square triangles as cornerstones. Maybe when they're all together it will look better and I'll feel better about it. I've already made the hsts and I'm using them, darn it! (And yes, I cut the corner triangle too small. I know. I forgot to include the sashing strips when I figured the cut size. I promise to replace it in the finished quilt.)

Finally, in case you think I forgot, I finished the 4-patches for the Jitterbug quilt:

Since there are so many pieces individually cut from the jelly roll strips I decided to do a lot of the parts leader and ender style. It's just boring to sew 400 half-square triangles one at a time, but this gets the job done with minimal boredom. And now those 4-patches are done! With hardly any effort on my part!

That's what I'm doing this week, along with some more Drunkard's Path blocks. The more blocks I make, the better I like that quilt! We are in for some nasty, frigid weather, so it's just good sense to stay in and sew! Stay warm, everyone!

Linking to Fabric Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, and Let's Bee Social, and also the awesome Angela at soscrappy for RSC14. Stop over and have a look at all the great stuff others are doing this week!


Cathy said...

I love the new choice in black and white fabric. It really makes the blocks pop. The HST cornerstones really add a new look to the quilt and I love the idea.

Sharon said...

Carpenter's Star Block? I've been seeing this design a lot and I'm itching to sew one up! Very similar to Swoon, I think. Your's will be a great donation to Quilts of Valor.

I love your HST as corner stones in the RSC14! I was far from laughing - I think the set fabric is great!

Have fun finishing your projects up!

Sew Stitching Cute said...

I am loving your WIPs... I actually really like the HST for the cornerstones. It perfectly fits the overall theme of the quilt! Stick with it I say! Any Veteran would be entirely lucky to have a quilt with that amazing medallion. Go you!

JanineMarie said...

Those HSTs are definite keepers for cornerstones!!

Lorna McMahon said...

I quite like those half-square triangles as cornerstones, especially with that black and white background fabric. You have some lovely projects on the go this week. Perfect for that stormy weather that is headed our way!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a nice patriotic block..love the pattern and colors. I am finally finishing up a quilt made for my son, a vet...years after he returned! :)

Rachel said...

I love the cornerstones HSTs. So very cute!

Quiltdivajulie said...

What do I think of the cornerstones? I think they are PERFECT!

Like the background fabric you've used, too.

Chantal said...

Great choice of fabric. I love the b/w fabric and the cornerstones HST. Very clever. Great work.

Nell's Quilts said...

Lovely black and white and the cornerstones really add a punch of colour where needed. Great idea. Great start on the Quilts of Valour project.

Karen said...

Your Moda Love block is amazing. I love it!