Operation Quiet Comfort is an organization whose purpose is to honor and comfort US military personnel who become sick or injured while serving in harm’s way, as well as to support the folks who are caring for them. Anyone who is willing to help is invited to do so, regardless of religious, political, or ideological views.
I finally finished up this Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilt for them. I won’t be doing another one, simply because it takes me too long to finish one; I’ll leave the quilting to people who can do it faster and better than I can!
These are called Four Freedoms quilts because they’re based on President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, and each of the white blocks in the center has an accompanying quote. The hearts and stars are reverse-appliqued, and the rest of the blocks are all blocks that say “thank you” to our service members.
In other sewing news, I’m currently trying to do my first trousers with a zipper set in. I’ve decided that a zipper foot must be a lovely thing to own; it’s going on my list. For now, I’ve decided to hand-sew the second bit of the zipper in to save my failing sanity. Photos someday, when this blasted set of trousers is off of my sewing table and on my kidlet!
We’re well into the rhythm of summer around here. Lazy mornings, no school, games, lego, reading, and a little crafting jumble together with camping trips, visitors, and finding ways to avoid the muggy heat (thank you, central air!)
My latest finished project is this scrappy baby quilt. When I look at it, I see bits of things I made for my own kids scattered throughout, which is an extra layer of fun just for me.
This is from the Quilt in a Day series of books, though that title is laughable from my point of view – this project was started the same year this blog was. Three years ago.
As my first all-machine pieced and quilted quilt, this little gem has more mistakes than I can count. No, I’m not telling. This year, I’m concentrating on finishing things. My thought is that something imperfect but done can be loved far more than something perfect but unfinished.
So far, so good – the tyke that received this ocean quilt loves it. It’s been gone out of my hands less than 24 hours and it’s been napped with, shown to Daddy, and used as a playmat while playing games. I’m pretty sure he’s not looking at the crooked stitching.
||22 Jul 2009
||Spider Web Scrap Quilt from Scrap Quilt: Strips and Spider Webs by Marcia Lasher.
||100% woven cotton fabric. Scraps left over from kid hats, shirts, vests, curtains, a picnic quilt, and I Spy Quilts. New fabrics were added to complete it (white sailboat print, backing, and some of the sea prints.) Cotton batting is Quilters Dream Cotton, Request (thinnest loft) from Kelsul, Inc.. Cotton-covered polyester thread (Coats Dual-Duty).
||Finished quilt size: around 42″ square. Machine applied the entire binding. Originally bought binding, but couldn’t figure it out and made my own. You Tube has a lot of binding application tutorials. Of the ones I saw, my favorite is this one. I also used a booklet I had at home, Happy Endings: Finishing the Edges of Your Quilt by Mimi Dietrich.
Here’s the first look at the new baby’s new quilt. He’s only a few weeks old, and already trekking across the country with the family on his first big vacation. I’m hoping to have this little quilt whipped out by the time they come home. Hope springs eternal.
I’ve joined the sew? I knit! blog for the inspiration and impetus to get it done!