April 24, 2018
💟 February 14, 2018 💟
February 13, 2018
|Using long strips to form pieces that will becomes small squares |
to be sewn together to form a block
before deciding how best to put the blocks together
to make the quilt...
|Byron's quilt of valor|
|Sue, Bea and Beverly were able to |
present this quilt of valor
to Alex Bruce, a WWII veteran, age 93.
During that year, we've also gained a few new members ... welcome, Bea, Sue, Darcie, Cathy ... and as our group grows, so does the number of different quilt projects we are working on ... in a brand new space! More below...
March 13 2016
|The individual blocks arranged |
on a flannel quilt wall
|Row Five blocks,|
with joining strips attached
|The back of row five|
February 20, 2016
November 27, 2015
November 4, 2015
|Karyn's son and daughter enjoy their quilts!|
|GINO is a legend in Georgetown as the|
barber that all military men and state police
officers visit regularly. His shop is a true
shrine to all of the servicemen.
|Yes, there's a block missing at the lower left corner.|
It will be a star block similar to the other three.
Six quilters, six distinctly different styles. I like it!
|A traditional Civil War block of four square, |
in faded colors honoring the past.
It may not make it into this QOV quilt.
Our quilts have returned to us. The long-arm quilter volunteer has finished backing and quilting them, and we can now add the binding and the label, finish up our diary, and call to see to whom we can pass these along. Here are a few pictures of the quilts not quite done:
While waiting for our first Quilt of Valor to come back from the quilter for its binding and label, we worked together on a second QOV top. This one came from a kit of pre-cut squares and strips. We put them together in a more random pattern, and Renee joined our six strips of five blocks together. We decided this one didn't need a border around it, as the varied sashings around each block gave it just the randomness we were looking for:
With the final borders attached, our quilt is sent off to the long-arm quilter for backing and quilting. It will come back to us then for the binding, the label, the journal and the delivery!
Our first quilt top is nearly finished and will be on its way to the longarmer later this week. Here it is, needing only three more sides of blue border:
What a lovely lunch we had ... delicious soup, bread, grapes (and of course brownies) with coffee and tea. But before lunch, we worked on equalizing the blocks we had individually made. Some of the whites had residual pink, but Renee was prepared and brought a special bar of soap and freed them from the excess dye that had run from the reds and blues. Beverly and Betty were busy trimming edges, while Judy began building the quilt on the quilt wall. Terry was rinsing the pinks and laying them out to dry, then began ironing them. Lunch was a welcome respite. Most of the group went back to the quilting wall and continued ironing, trimming and arranging the blocks according to the pattern that Pam had designed in our first meeting. Here is what was done before lunch... more to follow!
Our second meeting will be at Betty's house on Nelson Avenue. See your email from Betty for the date, time, and address. She has a Quilt Wall which will be a lot of fun for us to use as we begin to join our mutual blocks together. We'll also come up with a plan for the Presentation Case at that meeting. See you there!
|One of our four nine-block patterns|
The Massachusetts coordinator of the Q.O.V. Foundation had come to Quilters' Quarters after delivering a Quilt of Valor to my neighbor next door. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served off the coast of Korea during that conflict. While serving, he demonstrated the humanitarian compassion of seeking and receiving permission to bring more than a hundred South Korean children aboard the ship for a Thanksgiving Dinner. I was invited over to join the celebratory presentation, and in turn, Theresa Perreault stopped in to our quilt shop before leaving town for another presentation half-way across our Commonwealth.
At the table by the wood-stove, in full view of the beautiful snow-scape beyond the sheltered, blooming geranium plants in the greenhouse, the group of quilters talked about a possible arrangement of the planned nine-block squares. The small number of squares were then counted out to fit the chosen pattern and divided among the six women.
While Judy was busy pressing the yards of blue and red and white fabrics to ready them for the cutting, copies of the nine-patch and the coping-strip directions were being made. Later, more copies were made of the design being carefully planned and drawn by Pam with Renee's help to be sent home with the three and a half inch squares of red, white and blue fabrics that Beverly and Betty were busily cutting; then as much more red and blue fabric in two and a half inch 'coping' strips were cut.
Pam began assembling plastic baggies filled with the appropriate number of squares and strips for each quilter's assignment while Terry typed and copied for each the descriptions of how the blocks would be assembled.
A second meeting will be held in a few weeks, and the completed blocks will come back to the table with the members of the group. The 'coping' strips will earn their title by helping the quilters bring these squares together in size and design. Then the completed rows of blocks will be joined together and the semi-finished top will be sent to Mrs. Perreault, who will then send it to a volunteer long-arm quilter for backing and quilting. The quilt will then find its way back to Georgetown to have the binding added to finish the quilt itself, and the group will then design and complete a 'presentation case' to match.
I'll post photos of our next meeting here in early February. 'Til then, enjoy the photos of our paperwork and fabric squares.
Be well, be warm, and be safe