It was sewing weekend with my local quilt club and it was great as always. I generally work on veterans quilt tops and I'm still working through the dozen (or more) kits that I cut out last year. This "kit" is actually 2 quilts using scraps of oranges and yellows with two scrap chunks of hand dyed fabric. I had gotten the star blocks for this top pieced in December so I got busy right away on Friday putting the it together. This one has orange fabric for the binding.
By the time we closed up shop Saturday I had the blocks for the second one pieced.
I didn't want to leave it unfinished until April (because I will miss the March sewing days) so I came home and had the top together before we ate dinner. I love both of them but I think this is my favorite because I love the mottled background. It's just a leftover piece of wide backing fabric and I think it worked out well for this bright quilt. When I finish quilting the star quilt I can get these two loaded and quilted. I delivered 31 quilts to our VA hospital contact Saturday so it's time to start collecting the next batch.
Not all of the veterans quilts need to be patriotic. These will be good for someone who loves the beach.
I eve cut up all of the scraps. I couldn't bear putting anything into my pristine scrap bin yet.
I think I have 4 quilt kits left to put together and then I'll start designing some quilts from the big bin of pre-cut pieces. It's time to start stitching up some of these scraps.
I hope you stuck around for this little treat. My friend, Becky, works with Barbara Brackman on her "block of the whatever" programs. They always have a block to make and a little history lesson. I don't remember which specific program this quilt was from but the program included just the blocks. Becky designed the layout and the spectacular border. You'll get to see more of this when it's featured in a Customer Gems post after it's done but I wanted you to get a sneak peek of this gorgeous quilt. It's all hand applique and will be hand quilted.
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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.