I received an e-mail this morning from Quilts of Valor - an organization that collects patriotic quilts for our wounded soldiers, and to date has awarded over 26100 quilts. They are looking for 200 quilt donations to be given out at the first ever Warrior Games May 10 - 14, 2010. I have three patriotic quilts that I finished up back in December that haven't made it into the mail to QOV, so I decided this would be a perfect destination.
About two years ago I picked up charm packs from Moda - red, white, and blue. It was so simple to use charm packs for QOV quilts - just sew the fabric squares together, adding sashing to give a lap size quilt. Here's the second quilt using the Moda charm pack - what I really like about this fabric is that it has a contemporary feminine feel - the flowers and dots really make it perfect for our female soldiers. These 2 quilts were so simple to throw together - you should really consider making a donation to this organization if you haven't already done so.Now this next quilt is a smidge more involved. I used the Crazy Rays pattern from The Buggy Barn to create the center star part of the quilt, and then added a scalloped border and paper-pieced flags in the corners. It measures approximately 5 feet square.
I have only one thing to do before I put these quilts in the mail - the dedication label on the back. I find this is the most difficult part of donating a quilt to Quilts of Valor - how can words aptly express how proud I am that these brave soldiers risked their lives for our freedom. Nevertheless, it is the most important detail of the quilt to me.