It's no secret that I am a big supporter of Quilts of Valor. So much so that I recently took a break from my tight schedule trying to get my next book done to make a few quilts.
The first top I finished earlier in the year using Sandy Gervais' Americana line called Red, White & Free. I love the aqua and gray in this line. It is a fun, playful line. I knew right away I would make my Charming Lonestar pattern. I took it up to my semi-local quilt shop, Thimbles and Threads for the Moda Piece and Comfort Challenge.
In the meantime, I had been working on a quilt of valor (QOV) for the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) next month. I knew I would be busy this time of year when the call went out for the HMQS QOV Challenge months ago. I held off signing up until I was asked directly. I couldn't say no. This one took a little longer to piece. It is made using the challenge fabric by Quilting Treasures. This fabric has metallic flecks in it. I don't love metallic flecks, so it isn't my favorite. Despite that, I thought the block I designed look nice.
The third QOV I made is the one that was really nagging at me. I fell in love with this Moda fabric line, Because of the Brave. I fell in love with it even more while working with it. I couldn't decide on what quilt to make, so I just made my Charming Lonestar again. It is made with charm packs so it is super fast. I made the center in one afternoon/evening with kid breaks, put the borders on and quilted it the next day. Because this was the original fabric that I felt impressed to make a quilt from for the Piece and Comfort Challenge, I couldn't not have it made. Fortunately, I had to make a trip to the doctor with my daughter on the last day to submit my quilt, so I was able to drop it off on my way.
Quilters are such giving people. Quilts of Valor is the charity that I support on a consistent basis. It takes a special person to put themselves in harms way to protect others. I appreciate being able to give back.