4 more veterans quilts
I haven't gotten a ton of things done since we got back from the beach. My Mom had cataract surgery Tuesday and it hasn't gone as expected. Her vision is still blurry. She had hoped to be able to drive home by Thursday but she's still forced to stay here with me. With her vision janked up she really can't do much so I loaded an old MP3 player with books and she's been listening to a couple of books. We are both looking forward to her follow up visit Tuesday for some serious answers.
I had a few veterans quilts that needed to be quilted and I loaded 2 to see if she could quilt them. She was fine until the thread broke and she couldn't track back the thread because it blended so well with the fabric. So she gave up on that task. I figured that since they were loaded I'd go ahead and quilt the 4 that I have available to quilt.
I actually have 2 more quilts but I don't have a backing that will work for both. They will have to wait until I can get some other quilts to pair with them. Here are the 4 that I finished this weekend.
I don't know what this block is called but I like it a lot.
I quilted this one with an overall leaf and hook meander.
You know I love any half square triangle quilt and this one is no exception. It's a great scrap quilt with a very controlled palette of scraps.
This one quilted up really fast with a wavy line following the zig zag. I did the zig zag seams and then went back and did another line in the middle of each row. I just eyeball the placement. There's no marking here! I even took the zig zag out into the border.
This is the quilt that I tried to get Mom to quilt. I picked an overlapping wavy line motif to keep it easy. Since she got a few rows done I kept on with that pattern. This is one of those quilting patterns that looks like a complete disaster when you start but looks a lot better when done. It creates some really nice texture and keeps the quilt soft and cuddly.
This is a cool pattern. Its really simple but very nice. In this palette it's very manly and that's what we are going for. We have very few female patients at the VA hospital. I quilted this one with a meander.
I think this brings me to 16 for the year so I'm almost halfway to my goal of 40.
6/5/2017 11:03:23 am
I hope your mother will be able to see better soon - I also hope she didn't have the complications that mine did although my complications weren't apparent until two weeks after the surgery so hers might be different
6/5/2017 01:29:24 pm
Oh my, hate to hear what happened to your mother. I have glaucoma and worry about my vision even with treatment. Hope she improves or gets some answers. My mother's glaucoma surgery went bad last year and she will have to give up driving.
6/6/2017 12:55:21 am
I'm always interested to see your Vet quilts for new ideas. I do quilts for our local hospital and try to get a bunch done at the end of each month. Your first one is new to me and looks simple to do. I'll call it Vicki's Mystery until we find the "real" name for it. On the zigzag quilt, did you quilt that on your domestic or is that a program on your long arm? It looks so perfect --please don't tell me you did that free motion. :] I have a similar stitch on my domestic, but it is such pain to prep for quilting on it, and slowww to quilt on it, that I would rather quilt it on the mid-arm. A lot more fun, too. All of your quilts are quite handsome. The Vets are going to love them.
6/6/2017 08:16:46 am
I really like that first quilt block too! Wouldn't be hard to make either:) It's wonderful you quilt up so many veterans quilts.
Sorry Mom is having trouble. I had my easier eye done first and it was amazing. The second eye they had to use higher laser power. As a result I had corneal swelling. They had me use salt drops in my eyes for a couple weeks which cleared it right up. Hope it's an easy solution for her.
6/6/2017 09:11:14 am
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's eyesight issues. I will send good thoughts her way that the doctor's can get the issues resolved. The quilts look wonderful and I am sure they will be appreciated!
6/6/2017 10:01:45 am
Sorry about your mother's eye problems, I found out after my cataract surgery that I had an eye disease called ICE. It is two forms of glaucoma and that led to a corneal transplant last year. My second cataract surgery turned out great. I love your quilts for the VA hospital. You get so much done, I am impressed. I really like the way you quilted these quilts, very simple but effective.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.