One of the programs my quilt guild participates in is making quilts for local veterans. To date, our small group has gifted more than 125 quilts as a way to say thank you to those who have served our country.

You guys know how booked my time is – finding time to piece a quilt is something that doesn’t happen often around here. But what I can contribute is quilting time, and I’m happy to be able to do so.

Quilt of valor for veterans

This little quilt is one I just finished quilting. It measures about 48″ x 66″, a perfect lap quilt. I found a great backing at the LQS. It is by Northcott (Stonehenge Stars and Stripes Big American Hexies) and is a nice wide back. It is soft, not stiff or wimpy like some wide back fabrics are. If you are looking for a patriotic fabric for the back of your quilt I can definitely recommend this one.

Wideback fabric for patriotic quilts

I kept the quilting really simple, stitching piano keys in the blue border using my favorite ruler (9″ straight ruler by Green Fairy Quilts), and free handing all the other quilting.

Border quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I really like the panel in this quilt, but I don’t have any information on it. I’ll have to see what I can find out about it. I like the way the star appears to pop off the quilt. I tried to emphasize the star by just outlining it with the stitching. I think it worked!

Patriotic panel quilt

I just wanted to pop in and share this quilt with you. I hope your week is going well and you are finding time to spend in your sewing space!