national sew day 2016

Today is the day that thousands of quilters around the country will sew Quilts of Valor.  We will gather in living rooms and libraries and community centers and studios and quilt stores.  Some quilters like me, who don’t belong to a quilting guild, will sew by ourselves in the quiet comfort of our own homes.

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Star blocks: I tried out this pattern during the snowstorm.

I’ve written about the Quilts of Valor program before.  It’s an organization I’m proud to belong to.  As of today, almost 133,000 quilts have been gifted to “comfort and heal those touched by war”.

You can visit the website for more info:  http://www.qovf.org/index.html

There are many, many touching stories on the website.  These quilts are distributed to our soldiers still in hospitals and rehab.  They are given to Vietnam vets.  And WWII vets.  They are presented in official ceremonies.  And they are brought to hospitals, where the men (and women) get to choose which one they want.

I’m ready to sew.  I’ve been gathering my red, white and blue fabrics together.  They are washed (you wouldn’t believe how many of these fabrics bleed) and ironed and ready to be cut into 2 1/2″ strips.  I have browsed patterns (which has taken weeks!) and designed something I think of as “modern flag”.

I can’t wait to see how it comes out.

Pictures tomorrow…

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