Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day & Memorial Quilts

It hasn't stopped raining for days.  I mean - DAYS.

And it's been cold as well as wet - but when it rains outside, what do the quilters do inside?

We quilt!  And we plan more quilts, dream of quilts, pet fabric for quilts, and maybe even start another quilt!

This morning I'm starting off this post with some special quilts with a patriotic theme, especially for Memorial Day.

These photos were sent by my friend Cathy, and they are perfect for sharing, so let's get started, shall we?

Cathy has an affinity for signature quilts - and this one is a beauty! 

Not only for all of the names but also the dates - the signature patch in the center says  Charles Edd Champion - This My Quilt - US Army.

Beneath it to the left we have a date - April 10, 1942.

More patches with dates and names.

The whole quilt.

One thing is for certain - Charles was loved and they wanted him to feel it each time he snuggled beneath this quilt.

Thank you for your service, Charles!

What a patriotic quilt!

I don't know the story behind this one, but that applique looks like a complicated pattern, and it is so beautifully sewn! 

I can only imagine that the maker had someone in her life that served and perhaps gave their all for our freedoms.

This Memorial Day, let's reflect on those who served and gave their all, losing their lives in the process.

Veteran's Day is for ALL veterans - and especially the ones who came home.

Today is for those wo did not.

In amongst all of the long holiday weekend and kick of of summer with cook outs and fun times, let's take a moment to give thanks for those who died that we might be free.

My own bit of red/white/blue.

I finished the binding last night - the hanging sleeve needs to be finished up.

As yesterday was so rainy, we took the opportunity to head over to the Blue Ridge Movie Lounge in West Jefferson, NC to see a matinee of "The Book Club, 

Oh, too much fun!

We loved it - laughed through the whole thing.

If you are like we are - so tired of super heroes and Marvel (Gak - don't like them at all) and have been waiting for something just light and fun for a good afternoon (or evening escape) then this is the flick for you.

Things to love about the Blue Ridge Movie Lounge:  They know us by name.  All of the seating is in recliners, love seats or couches.  And yes, I bring a quilt to snuggle in while we watch.  It's great!

Meanwhile at Quiltville Inn:

Jack was giving Denise a machine maintenance lesson!

Joanne was stitching patriotic chain blocks on dark blue -

More stars for a star-spangled holiday!

These rainbow geese are flying!

Geoffrey's stars are popping!

Holy moly, star spangled mini!

Today is the last full day with the Quilters of the Night - should we rename them Quilters in the Rain?

We were really hoping to do today big with fire pit and all, but I think that's going to need a rain check.

Still - there is plenty of fabric and loads of camaraderie to keep everyone happily creating.

Jeff, Ashlyn & Casden are supposed to come up this afternoon - it may be another movie afternoon because, well EVERYTHING is rained out.

Tonight is for packing - tomorrow afternoon I leave for Greensboro and stay by the airport for my morning flight to NYC. This Egypt/Ireland thing is about to begin.

Which also means it's a LAST CHANCE day for this:

Thank you, everyone for such a great response to yesterday's PDF pattern release!  The Gift-Away already has over 4,200 entries!

Enter the gift-away HERE. Drawing happens TOMORROW 5/30/23!

I'll be drawing for two winners who will each receive the PDF pattern containing both Right Way and Wrong Way Round from me - and even more:

One winner will receive a Facets of Black Color Roll, and the other will receive a Facets of Red Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts!

(And you know to check their website for their neutral rolls and other bundles to enhance your scrap stash, right?)

I love that you are as excited about the Right Way Round pattern duo as I am.

The pattern contains BOTH variations, and you can make either of them in either size -

Pattern details:

What do you get when you accidently make more than 1/2 of the main block wrong? A second quilt! Both versions are presented in sparkling patriotic colors of red/white/blue accented with black. Full color photos, graphics and extensive instruction included!

Quilt Sizes: Large: 80’’ X 88’’ Small: 53’’ X 53’’

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods and foundation paper-piecing options are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

So yes - if you prefer to paper-piece square-in-a-square units, we've got you covered there too with a printable page for paper-piecing.

I'm ready for Memorial Day Weekend!

Introductory pricing:  The price marked is already 30% off and the sale is good through Tuesday 5/30/23.  I leave for Cairo on Wednesday the 31st, so I'll need to button that up before I go.  So hurry now and save before you miss it - no coupon needed.

You'll find the pattern for Right Way Round in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

n remembrance of those who gave their all.
Thank you!⁣
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!


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