Quilts of Valor

Here are several of the Quilts of Valor I recently quilted for Patti Carey and Northcott.

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This picture shows beautifully the piecing done on this quilt top. Wow! And the colors are terrific too. Eye catching!

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The outside border consisted of stars that were pieced. I did alot of ruler work in the blue section, as well as in the individual stars themselves.

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The center of the quilt consists of a panel with the large eagle on it. I did alot of meandering in the panel so that the eagle and flag would stand out.

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The outer border was pieced as well. I quilted in straight lines but wanted to add a little more interest so I broke down the star shape and quilted in one branch of the star. Everything seemed to fit nicely.

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This shows a close up of the outer border. The striped border was an easy choice as I followed the straight lines but only every other line.

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The backing of the quilt. I used a polyester 40 weight thread. Patti always gives me her thread so I don’t have to make any decisions regarding thread choice. The blue polyester thread was also variegated so it blends perfectly with the back.

The second quilt is pieced a little differently though.

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The inside panel is the same as the first one but the borders are different.

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A Chevron border was added and I merely stitched in the ditch around it. The two
smaller borders around it were quilted with straight lines but if I had to do
it again, I would have followed the lines of the chevron. Then the quilting
would have been made up of diagonal lines-it would have added a bit more interest.

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This quilt also had a few stars in the border. I quilted straight lines to frame
the inner panel. Again, in hindsight, I would have quilted in several stars for
interest. Please remember that all of these quilts were on a time frame. I
received them on Tuesday morning and they were to be done for Friday morning.
The schedule was tight but they were completed on time.

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Here is the backing of the quilt. I used a 40 weight variegated polyester
thread again. The top thread matching the backing. Easier to control tension
and less issues for sure. The only thing I don’t like about this thin thread
is that it shreds when you cut it.
You have to make sure it is knotted well before burying the threads.

Have a great week.

4 thoughts on “Quilts of Valor

  1. Audrey says:

    I just popped over from Simple Bird Applique’s World Blog Tour post. I am looking forward to your post next Monday. Beautiful work on the Quilt of Valour. Happy stitching.

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