Being as this is September 11th, I thought it would be a good day to post this little post. I have been so freaking busy these last few weeks, I haven’t had a chance to post much here, and this project has been waiting long enough to get out there. This past spring at Quilt Market in Portland, I happened to come up to a conversation being held between some dear friends of mine and Elizabeth Phillips of Island Batik concerning the Quilted in Honor project.
Quilted in Honor is a great program starting up by Island Batik. The program helps Operation Homefront and is described in more detail here. I will be the first to say that I am not a big fan of Batiks in general. I know, shock and horror, right? I mean, SOOOO many people LOVE them…my wife included. But they have never really done much for me. But this project touched me deeply. I haven’t served in the US armed forces, but I know many who have, and I thankful for all that have and will continue to serve our country in that capacity. And, although, I really didn’t have time for it, and it wasn’t on my list to do this year, I felt very compelled to join this group of quilters doing their part to support our troops.
So I did….and here is New Glory, my quilt that will be traveling the country with the rest of the fine quilts in the group.
Here is a glimpse of the quilting from the back. Molly Hanson, (not related obviously from the “o” in her last name) quilted it, and I think she did a great job! I met Molly at Spring Market also while visiting with Angela, and Molly came highly recommended by Angela, so I thought I would give her a go. I was very pleased with her work.
The pattern for New Glory will be available later this year as a downloadable PDF, with a portion of the funds going to Operation Homefront. I will also be teaching this at a class next year at Quilters’ Affair in Sisters next summer, and perhaps locally next spring. I am pretty excited about the whole thing. (and as a side note, this quilt is done in Red/White/Blue for this project because of the theme, but I can totally see it done in Green/Pink/Yellow too….I think the design of the quilt came out strong and will speak in many different fabric choices, don’t you?)
Here’s a little video from Island Batik featuring Eleanor Burns talking about the project too. I will share more information as time goes on regarding this little gem of a project.