Thursday, May 5, 2011

Because of Valour

Quilts of Valor began in the United States. Most of you know that these quilts go to wounded soldiers. Not long ago, a woman from our city's quilt guild brought Quilts of Valour to Canada. She has quite a story of how this started.

This picture shows my second donation to QoV. It was made out of those Arrowhead blocks where two squares are sewn right sides together around most of the outside edges, etc., then cut in such a way that most of the piecing happens without cutting the pieces. They look more complicated than they are.

I used almost all the purple and a lot of my green stash for this one. It is about 48" x 66" (I have to spell valor in the British way, but don't have to measure it in metrics!) 

In Canada, much effort is also made to see that all war veterans and casualties from RCMP, police, etc. get a quilt. Reports come back that these quilts are highly valued by the recipients. Our city just had a ground-breaking ceremony for House of Valour, a special care facility for those who suffer from being in a war.

On another note, I've also sewn together one of my kaleidoscopes and am planning a couple of borders. The other one will be sewn together today. Pictures later.  

P.S. I love quilters. One asks me a question, and the next one answers it... before I even read the comments! I do have an excuse for not giving more info about this block. I found it in a magazine, made one to try it, then gave the magazine away. Thank you to Cheri for asking and Michele for answering.


jovaliquilts said...

Is this the Anita Grossman Solomon block? I have been curious about that, she's so clever with her cutting techniques. It looks great with the two colors -- purple and green are a dynamite combination -- and very different from the totally scrappy look. What a great donation!

Michele said...

Yep, those are Anita's Arrowhead blocks (instructions are in her book Rotary Cutting Revolution).

It's crazy how easy those blocks are to put together.

I love the way you mixed the blues and greens. It looks like the deep ocean. Beautiful.

Margo in Maine said...