I'm so excited that I get to share a quilt finish that has been months in the making, and has involved the efforts of several awesome ladies.
The members of my quilt guild (the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild) decided to channel our charitable quilting efforts into a couple of different areas this year. One was that we made the decision to work together to make a Quilt of Valor, and I could not be prouder of the end result.
We are a very new guild, and very small (around ten members- but trying to grow!), but though we are few, we are very dedicated modern quilters. We have wide variety of experience levels, and our guild members include several other bloggers that you probably know as well- Janet from Simply Pieced, Katelyn from Sing While Crafting, and Lori from Crossquilt. Since we are so small and all have super busy lives outside of quilting, we wanted to be sure that we didn't bite off more than we could chew with a charity project.
We decided to work together to make a sampler quilt to accommodate everyone's fabric stash, sewing preferences, and experience levels. We all agreed to use Kona White as our background (if any) so that the blocks had some continuity, and we divided up the quilting jobs as well.
We all contributed blocks, and Katelyn assembled the quilt top. Janet put the backing together, and she and I basted it. Then I quilted and bound it. I just LOVE how it turned out!
The backing is Kona Navy with a fantastic patriotic text print, along with one orphan block. Incidentally, this may be my favorite block in the entire quilt- but it is so hard to choose just one! I quilted with white on the front and gray thread on the back so that it blended in just a little bit better with the dark backing. The binding is Kona Rich Red, and frames the whole quilt beautifully.
I used my own labeling method, and left space to write in the recipient's name. By the way, even though it looks crooked in this picture, I promise the writing is straight. Just a funny camera angle, I guess. I hope that the serviceman who receives it can feel the appreciation we have for him (or her!) in every single stitch.