Posts Tagged ‘American Hero Quilts’

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. If you are traveling, travel safe, if you are staying home, enjoy the day!

I was doing some traveling last month – I taught longarm quilting classes in way South Texas, and then went to visit my daughter Heather, and her family in Savannah, GA. I had a GREAT time in both places!

While I was traveling, of course I had to stop in a few fabric shops, where I picked up some great patriotic fabrics. I also did a little bit of Internet shopping for patriotic fabrics. Here is a little bit of what I got – click on any photo for a larger view.

With all this great fabric laying around,  of course, I had to stitch at least some of the fabric into something! So I designed a Patriotic Star pattern!

It is a 12 inch block, using three different fabrics to form a “sort of” American Flag design. To make the elongated Star Points I used the Tri-Rec’s piecing template/ruler and the center is a 4 Patch variation.

Then I made a few more of these blocks and put them together to make a table runner.

I took the photos later in the day and it looks like the background fabric is light blue, but it really is solid white, bleached muslin, that was pre-washed. I off set the stars a bit to give the pattern more “movement”.

Here is a close up of the stars in the table runner. Again, the background fabric looks light blue, but it really is solid white!

No, it is not quilted yet, but it will be soon! I will be quilting it with a new (quilting) template I have been working on. When I get it quilted and the template is ready, I’ll let you know.

If you have some time and want to do some quilting or piecing for a great organization, I recommend American Hero Quilts. This is an organization that makes and gives quilts to wounded service men and women. To visit the American Hero Quilts website Click Here 

Have a wonderful Independence Day – or 4th of July – holiday.

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I am proud to work with American Hero Quilts, a charity which presents quilts to wounded soldiers. American Hero Quilts (AHQ) works primarily with wounded soldiers at Madigan Army Hospital at Joint Base Lewis McChord, south of Seattle, WA. AHQ also sends quilts to Afghanistan to help keep wounded soldiers warm as they are transported out of the country for more medical treatment and recovery.

AHQ is now working with the Warriors in Transition program and they need 1,500 more quilts! 

AHQ has many quilt tops ready for quilting, but they need machine quilters! If you have a quilting machine, or can quilt on your home sewing machine, please contact American Hero Quilts at helpinghands@americanheroquilts.com for information on how you help.

I have quilted several quilts for AHQ and plan on picking up a few more to work on.

If you can’t quilt, you can make a monetary donation.

The American Hero Quilt website it http://www.americanheroquilts.com

On a personal note – I was married to a Vietnam Vet for 32 years and my Son-in-Law is a career soldier with over 20 years of service. I know how much AHQ’s would mean to them.


Below are some photos of a quilt that I made, from start to finish, that I will be donating to AHQ.

I pieced this quilt top over Labor Day last year and quilted it a few weeks ago. It is a Disappearing 9 Patch pattern made from patriotic prints. When I put the 9 Patches together, the fabrics “moushed” together, so I added 1 inch (finished size) sashing and corner stones. Then, I found out that the quilt was just a little bit small, so I added the stars in the corners.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

For the quilting, I did free hand Ribbon Stipple in the body of the quilt and I used the Longarm U, Curve & Point template for the border. You can see the quilting in the border in the photo below.


Here is a photo of the quilting in the star block .


One last photo of the back of the quilt. I love the texture the quilting gives!


This was a fun project and I know my quilt will be going to a great cause. And will be loved and used by a wounded soldier!

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I have been busy piecing and doing a little quilting over the last week or so. A few weeks ago, I started cleaning and organizing my “fabric room.” While sorting my stuff – and I have a LOT of fabric stuff – I found my box of patriotic/American themed fabrics. Inside the box were some finished blocks for a quilt a started a few years ago. (I found a receipt in the box dated 2003!) but never finished. So, I put them together into a quilt top and, after quilting it,  will donate it to American Hero Quilts for wounded soldiers.

The pattern is called Triple Star Crazies from the Buggy Barn. To view the details about this pattern Click Here It was a lot of fun to piece and, after putting this quilt top together, I still have blocks left over. I put the blocks together with 3 inch sashing and added a 6 inch border. I don’t know how I’ll quilt it, but I hope to start on it soon.

Here is a close up of the piecing.

Once I got this quilt top finished, I had a lot of pieces of fabric left in my fabric box. So I took the fabric, cut it into 3.5 x 6.5 rectangles. I had a LARGE stack of these “bricks” by the time I was finished. Now, what to make with them! So I started putting them into 4 patches and then put two 4 patches together to form the 12 inch blocks. Then I added 2 inch sashing and cornerstones and the quilt top is finished – in a relatively short time. And, I think it looks terrific!

I rotated the blocks when I put them in the quilt and even had some 3.5 x 3.5 inch squares stitched into the blocks!

I think I may just put a pantograph on this quilt top, maybe with red, white and blue variegated thread. When I get these quilts quilted up, I’ll post photos.

All in all, a very productive, sewing week!

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