You have seen this quilt before. But I didn't tell you that I decided to donate this quilt to Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry bags, to a serving member of the Australian Defence Forces. It is now in transit overseas and hopefully when it reaches its its owner they will know that I appreciate their service, keeps them warm and is a reminder of the hard job they did and the sacrifice their families make while they are away.
It is accompanied by a matching laundry bag. Matching only because I had some of the left over backing fabric, which ironically has army jeeps on it and has been in my stash for a long time. I originally brought this fabric because it was navy blue and on sale...it has been a great backing.border for several boys charity quilts. It was only fitting that the last of it went into a quilt and laundry bag for a soldier.
Through this donation I have met a whole bunch of new quilting friends and yesterday four of us got together in Adelaide to sew. I had not had time to prepare anything, so I found the scrap 2.5" block box and started making more four patches. A little pile had grown into a big pile by the end of the day.
When I got home I couldn't resist trying out the method she showed me to make the two coloured wedge bit out of scrap 2.5"strips I had sitting by my sewing table.But the real temptation was to find a suitable background fabric for my scrappy four patches so I could keep sewing. I wasn't sure what size to cut the triangles, but cut a 10" square, cut twice to make four triangles, still too big, so I cut them in half and they were perfect! Sew a new quilt is underway!
This is the loot I purchased from The Quilt Basket at Victor Harbour last weekend. Some Aussie novelty fabrics, which I want to use in a Aussie Hero quilt, one lovely reproduction, giraffes cos they are my favorite (and the kids are still made keen on African animals) and the birds just because.
These matching panels were irresistible, they will make a good boys quilt one day for that budding astronaut! My first "real" job was with DSTO (Defence Science Technology Organisation) the research arm for Defence and I have long standing joke with friends about my time working with the "rocket scientists".
Perhaps these are going "straight to the pool room"!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.