Thursday, July 10, 2014

Allegiance.... the Final Step ( for me)

Just a little note - for me means that I will beg (plead and show tears) for someone else to bind it ;-)

I hope you will allow me a little story before I show you Beautiful Quilts.  I know you all know we do this for a reason, and the comfort we bring to our Veterans is Immense... but if you will allow....

Yesterday I met a soldier who survived a Mortar Blast. His story was scary, and surprising that he survived. But as he was telling me his story, his mother ( who was right with him) was just beaming. I couldn't help but think - why... this is an awful,scary story... I would scream and run home to my Mom... and then I realized - she was THAT Mom!

She was truly tickled that her son was next to her, and so tickled to be a part of his recovery, and so tickled that he chose a quilt and snuggled right into it... and as she hugged me ( and cut off my supply of oxygen) she told me how much it meant to her to have him back. And how much it meant to her to see that he was honored for his service, rather than pitied for his injury.

I really think that this quilt meant as much to her as it did to her son... and that my friends ... made my day!


 This lovely one is Carolyn's... I LOVE the combo!!! She blogs over at  . She thinks she will bind it in the green.... LOVE

The next one is from Caroline... Oh My GOSH!!! I LOVE this color combo too!!!!  What a stunner!!

This one is from my wonderful Connie H in CO... Don't you love it too!!!   The cheddar/gold... mmm mmm - Connie loves me even when I am grumpy....

This next one is from Ellen. Ellen is a fabulous quilter.... I can't wait to see how she quilts hers!!

This last one is from Vicki S in Wisconsin... but I am going to claim her - she used to live in Colorado!!!  Hers is so awesome too!!!

A Last minute addition... From Liz - she is calling hers Stars of Valor and it is Scrappy and now I want to make another one:

I know there are some other who are making it - I have heard from them... and some are cutting it into kits for retreats!!  So with that - Vicki W created a whole pattern... if you want to print the WHOLE thing it can be found here:

After all that - can you handle one more?

This is mine. Remember I have been one with the pantographs lately ( edge 2 edge designs)

I quilted it with a Heart/Flag/Circle Design

And then because I am adventurous... I put the Eagle in it.  And I see a thread that needs to be trimmed... ignore that please....

The back... I used a Cream Moda - and thought it would be fun. One of my soldiers tells me that he and his wife tease because she loves the front of his Quilt of Valor ( the pieced side) but he loves the back because of all the quilting... so there you go!!

We drew a winner... so Vicki!! You are the winner... you can tell me which prize you want ;-)

Hope you all enjoyed the mystery!!


Cathy D said...

I NEED and WILL make one of these! I love them all, but my favorite is Carolyn's. The colors are just perfect together!

Pat R. said...

I love them all.....mine is nearly all stitched together. It would have been finished but I ran away from home for over a week and that put me behind!!

Miss Carol said...

WOW! All the color combinations are fantastic. I love that red and black one! I see another one of these quilts in my future. Maybe I can talk the QBees into making one and donating it to QoV.
I found backing fabric in my stash today and I have decided to bind it in the dark green. I even have a quilting pattern in mind.
Thank You for this mystery and for all you do for our veterans.
I understand about the Mom. My Son, who returned in October, just recently told me about them being fired on. I just said a silent prayer that he and his company was not hurt and they made it back safely. I think for the first month he was home I just needed to feel him to make sure he was truly there.

Audrey said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful quilts on TGIFF!

Quilt Musings said...

Love this top and I like seeing it in different color combos even more! :)

Love your stories, don't stop sharing them :)

inchworming said...

Your quilts turned out great!

Missy Shay said...

I love seeing the pattern in so many different colors! They all look so different!

Vera said...

Neat. Lovely quilting. I like the back sides as well :)

Vicki W said...

I love all of them!

Kate said...

Beautiful quilts, it would be impossible to pick a favorite. I'm always amazed at how different fabrics change the way a pattern looks. Each is unique even though they were all made the same way.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Absolutely beautiful quilts - such a striking pattern and so beautifully made by each quilter - well done ladies! Great work with the eagle, very nice touch!

Ranch Wife said...

What a great pattern - it looks wonderful in any colorway! I would love to be your resident binding sewer-onner if I were closer.