Quilt that honors

I have seen some lovely quilts this year, honoring the service of US Military men and women. On this day in America, we honor our Veterans. Many have been honored with Quilts of Valor, a program that started here in Delaware, making quilts to give to families of fallen service men and women.

Three of the quilts below were seen at quilt shows; one is my own.

There are many ways to honor the service to our country, and this is my way. Thank you from the heart of America.

In honor of a US Air Force husband – this quilt was made by DeAnna McMurry.

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This US Air Force quilt was seen at the Quilters Unlimited Show, 2014. Made by DeAnna McMurry of Springfield.   (Note – this is NOT my quilt / pattern)

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In honor of a US Navy man –

Honoring a US Navy serviceman. Spotted at AQS Lancaster PA March 2014

Honoring a US Navy serviceman. Spotted at AQS Lancaster PA March 2014

Below, this quilt honors an entire family!

Spotted at the Mid Atlantic Quilt show. Honoring all the family members who had served.

Spotted at the Mid Atlantic Quilt show. Honoring all the family members who had served.

I really liked this quilt; telling the story of so many family members. Below is the sign associated with the quilt from the show.
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And lastly – this is my effort to honor a fallen US Air Force airman. I made this last year for his little boy as a tribute to his daddy:

Not show quilt, but one I made to honor a fallen service man.

Not a show quilt, but one I made to honor a fallen service man.

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18 thoughts on “Quilt that honors

    • Faith, Thank you. Sometimes when there is a death, you don’t know what to do. My friend asked me to make this quilt, and I think it helped her to heal in her grief. It was important to all of us to express the love this little boy’s daddy had for the US Air Force, and to have something to carry forward in his life.

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  1. I love the Air Force quilt. Could you direct me to that pattern? Thanks so much. It would be perfect for a quilt for an Air Force pilot I know. Have a blessed day!!!

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    • The first couple on the post were quilts at a quilt show. I don’t know the maker or the pattern info. Sorry, I wish I could tell you. Probably somewhere out there on the internet. Might take some googling around or find somebody to put it in EQ7.

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  2. I have never made a quild in my life. However I am a Gold Star Mom, and I wanted to make a quilt in memory of my son. I have an old baby pillow gifted to me with his date of birth, and wanted to put that “square” in the middle. I have been looking at these quilts, and don’t see anything like that. Any ideas for me?

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I think you have the beginning of a wonderful quilt. I would encourage you to get in touch with a local quilt guild or local quilt shop and look for some “hands on” help. I started with a small group at church, so there is another place to “look for quilters”. I think you would want to learn by working with someone or taking a class. There are lots of learning videos on You-tube, and my favorite is the “Gourmet Quilter” who has about 200 videos, and she teaches the “basics”. (https://youtu.be/Ju-8ZdcmC8s and just start watching)(I learned a LOT from her) If you are familiar with Pinterest, you might search for memory quilts for ideas. Quilting a special memorial quilt will be a great way to honor your son.
      I am so sorry for your loss.

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  3. Hello, my name is Carri, I am an Air Force wife of 23 years. I absolutely LOVE your AF quilt!! You did a BEAUTIFUL job. Would like to know if you know how to get in touch of the lady who made the AF quilt? Thank You

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    • Hi Carri – I shared that photo from a quilt show. It is not my quilt. The show was held at the Dulles Expo Center. At one time I tracked down the maker for someone else, and she explained to me that she drew out the design and paper pieced the entire thing. I don’t have her contact info anymore. I’m sorry. I am in contact with the other person though and sent her a message to see if she has the pattern still and is willing to share. I liked it too, and am thinking about making one “down the road”. If you use EQ7, you could probably import the USAF wing logo and start there. I will let you know if I hear back. 🙂

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  4. My husband is in the Air Force and I have been scouring the internet trying to find a paper piecing pattern for the USAF wing logo. It there a way that I might be able to get that pattern? I am super new at paper piecing (and quilting in general) but I want to make that for our home.

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    • Hi Christy – Thank you for taking the time to write. As an Air Force veteran, and the widow of a career Air Force member, I can appreciate how important it is to make a quilt to honor your husband’s service, and that of your family over his career.
      I’m sure you read in my blog post that this is NOT my quilt, but one I saw at a show several years ago, created by USAF Major Deanna McMurray. I shared that photo from a quilt show. It is not my quilt. The show was held at the Dulles Expo Center.

      At one time I tracked down Major McMurray, for someone else, and she explained to me that she drew out the design and paper pieced the entire thing. She spent a lot of time and “engineering skills” creating her own pattern. Sadly, it is not mine to share. I don’t have her contact info anymore. I’m sorry. Last time I was in touch with her, she and her husband were assigned to the LA Air Force Station in California.

      I really liked the scrappiness of the quilt too. Each piece was so unique. Of course, I have been thinking about making one “down the road”. If you use EQ7, or the new EQ8, you could probably import the USAF wing logo and start there, creating your own paper piecing pattern. Another method would be to create the pattern using a photograph and making it “mosaic” style. I did a 56×56 photo mosaic of my cat – photo here – Mittens in Mosaic . I wrote a lot of blog posts between May 2016 and Aug 2017 about the making of MITTENS and the Pet Mosaic project. Please take a minute to look at the photo album I linked to and it will give you an idea of the process.

      Having done this mosaic project, I know that I personally could now take “any photo” and translate it into a quilt. Craftsy has several classes about “pixilated” photos. My teacher for my mosaic was Cheryl Lynch of Cheryl Lynch Quilts. She is teaching nationally and quite reachable –
      Good luck coming up with a method to make your project. I’m sorry I can’t give you the pattern for Deanna McMurray’s project.

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