Memorial Day 2012 and Quilts of Valor

This is a particularly special Memorial Day for me as we go into the last lap of the GO! for a Star Quilts of Valor Challenge. I have “met” and become aware of so many quilters who are dedicated to honoring the military service men and women who serve to protect us, our country and our way of life. The Quilts of Valor program is a wonderful way to give back to them.

The Quilt Show blog has a short 18 minute preview video of a public television show that has been made about the Quilts of Valor program. I hope you will be able to watch this video.

And here are the quilts that I have been working on for the last few days. Every minute spent on them has been enjoyable. There is still time for any of you reading this to become a part of this Challenge and to make a single quilt block or several quilt blocks and get them in the mail to Richard and Tink Linhart by May 31. You can find more information here.

This is the quilt made with the Triangle in a Square Accuquilt die(55027).  I had made 12 blocks as I worked with this die, so bordered them with the blue and did a wide sash (3 inches finished) so that the quilt would be large enough. This one still needs binding on it.

This is the split star quilt made with 12 inch blocks. It turned out beautifully and is even prettier in person.

Accuquilt Videos from Quilt Possible

Today I want to give a shout out to Ebony Love over at Love Bug Studios. She is doing a video a day during December showing tips and new ways to use your Accuquilt cutter. You can find her videos on her QuiltPossible website. Yesterday she showed how to use the holiday die to make gift tags. Can’t wait to see how many more new things she tells us about in December.

I finished –finally–the baby quilts for my brother’s grandchildren. The binding was finished yesterday and today I will take photos and get them in the mail. Will try to get some photos added here later today.

Some great Accuquilt videos for your weekend!

Today I am showing you a video by Judy Danz about using the Rose of Sharon Dies. It is one of the best videos I have seen because she shows you how to cut the fusible so it fits exactly on the die and works with fat quarters. This will work on any of the applique dies. This is such a simple concept, but I didn’t think of it. No matter how long I quilt or how many classes I take or books I read, I always learn new things from other quilters. And that’s what makes blogging and quilting and this community of sharing quilters such an incredible group of people.

I hope you enjoy Judy’s video – and check out her other videos on Youtube.

Another resource for videos is from SewCalGal’s blogspot Video Index. She has some good videos. I love the circle quilt by ReannaLily designs. There are some very creative folks out there.  Hope this inspires your weekend!