#SOL22: Rehearsal

Decision freeze is a real thing.

Which red? Which white? Which blue? Print? Solid? Stars or not? Big print or little?

It began with one pattern, then a panel, and then pictures to re-create and innovate.

The first was a pattern. Lovingly. Carefully. Thoughtfully. Each part chosen for the way they would fit together in the whole.

And here’s the draft.

New skills: applique stars and then two color flange binding (not seen in this iteration)

Quilt 1

And then because of a picture. . .

I had to determine the size of the squares, the dimensions of the stripes and the fabric for the squares. And then on to matching the picture in my head with the one on my table.

Quilt 2

The process is never complete until the edges are bound.

Binding (Measure, Cut, Sew, Press)

Ending with a mitered seam for the strength in seams sewn at angles.

Binding 2 (measure, mark, sew, trim, press, check)

And a star copied from another quilt top . . . still in progress.

Last week I put together three quilt tops as I get ready for our May Quilt Guild meeting. Do you see the theme that has emerged? In June, local veterans will receive “Quilts of Valor.” There are requirements. Size. Fabric Quality. Pre-washed. Labelled. . . My goal is to complete six. My uncle needs one so his may be included in that six. Six in a month.

One is done. One is ready for the binding to be hand sewn. Two more tops are constructed.

Two more weeks.

More rehearsal so that each quilt I construct improves and my skills sharpen.

Quilts of Valor

Quilts = Healing link

What are you doing in your community to help or heal others? Where might you begin?


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5 responses

  1. I love this quilt project. What talent you have! Thanks for sharing the pictures as well.

    1. Definitely a work in progress. I haven’t YET made a quilt for myself. Learning a lot!

  2. You don’t realize all of the different shades of one color until you start looking at the fabric. It is interesting how one shade of blue, even though it is still blue, doesn’t play well with the other colors you have chosen. Kathy’s guild did a quilts of valor program last October.

    1. Oh, that would have been fun. Ours are due at the May meeting for June celebration.
      Red and blue….how many 1000s of shades!

  3. Oh wow, that is amazing, I love the work you have done so far…what an achievement!
    I’m not sure if it’s healing, but I am about to start tutoring a couple who are asylum seekers from Iran and have spent time in detention centres offshore (from Australia). I hope I can help them to readjust and heal in the process…

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