I have several of these center panels and have a hard time knowing how to use them. There was a pattern for a log cabin on the Quilts Of Valor website. Most of my patriotic fabric was printing all over so I needed to buy some fat quarters for this quilt.
I LOVED making this and really love how it came out. I think I have enough strips for another one already cut.
The rally I went to was very political in nature. But the part that I thought was most wonderful was that we live in a country where people can speak their mind---protest what they think is wrong.
Our military are fighting for this right of free speech even if it against them.
And to my Senator Barbara Mikulski-who told me I did not understand the bail out money situation----- We are coming for you. Get it right or get out of my house. You represent your voters and we told you NO.
I spent the week end in Washington DC to attend a 9/11 Memorial service and a rally. My friend from North Carolina---Hi Debbie------came up with a group on a bus. I will write about lots of different things about this week end in the coming days.
On Saturday afternoon we decided to visit the World War 11 Memorial. As we approached we noticed a large crowd of military people and older men and women. We figured out that this was a group from the Honor Flights. This is an organization that provides free trips to Washington for Veterans of World War 11 to see the memorial to them---long over due.
They send a person to accompany them on the trip as their caregiver and support. What I did NOT know is that a local military person volunteers to greet their flight and is their guide for the whole trip.
I will share some of the photos of this moving experience. There is much wrong in the world and the media is MORE than happy to tell us about that. Here is one of a million things RIGHT about our beloved country.
I saw a picture of this quilt on a photo site. I just LOVED it and printed out a picture. I thought it would be easy to re create and did not need any directions. I am happy to be able to do that in my quilt making journey. All of this was made from stash fabric.
I decided it was time to try darker thread that would show up on the white parts. My Father In Law used to say "God hates a coward" all the time.
I am able to make a border in the sides now and have the thread path go from section to section with an invisible join---or almost. It just takes lots of practice to get better at this.
I had ordered some of the patriotic strips from Connecting Threads. I wanted to see the quality of them. They were cut very well but the fabric was not my favorite. But if would be just fine for this design.
This is the way the center is supposed to be. I had used up all their fabric line and decided to add some pretty fabric for borders and make it easy for myself.
The quilting goes quickly since my Handiquilter and I have bonded so well. I seldom have thread breakage anymore and that used to slow me down.