Create for a Cause Blog Hop Patriotic Quilt for Veteran

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Today’s Put your foot down will be available tomorrow, Friday Feb 5th.

Welcome to day 4 of the “Create for a Cause” Blog Hop. Today fellow Island Batik Ambassador Janet Yamamoto from Whispers of Yore and I are sharing our finishes using Freedom 2 designed by Kathy Engle. You can have a closer look at the individual fabrics in the collection by visiting the Island Batik Freedom 2 page.

There is also a Store Locator link to find your nearest lqs that carries IB fabric.

So let’s get to it. As you can see there are are a couple shades of red and blue with different designs. Some are swirls, some are stars, there is the Statue of Liberty. the national seal and also a design that reminds me of fireworks. If I had to chose just one as a favorite it would be difficult but I do ♥ the white with gold stars. Oh, and then there is the fabric that says Honor, America, Loyalty… FYI, the yellow and purple fabric above is not part of the collection.

My design

Naturally I had to make something for a veteran and I played with the layout a little. The blue background in the eagle block looked out of place. Then there is the problem with the end of the beak, how did I manage to place a light yellow piece of fabric there? The yellow is from the Forget Me Not collection.

I wasn’t real happy with the blue background or the eagle itself so I went back to work. This is much better. For the large stars I paper pieced the points and used the AccuQuilt 2″ finished square to cut the center and corners with my GO! Big. For the friendship stars the 2″ finished square and half square triangle die. The eagle is paper pieced and I used a pd stock image I found online and modified it a little bit to fit my need.

The dark blue border fabric I wanted to use as much as I could since this will be gifted to a veteran wounded in action.


This was a first for me, Hobbs Poly-Down Polyester batting. It has a nice loft and feels so much softer than the normal high loft poly batting. It went in the laundry Monday and it did shrink up more than a low loft but if you like the fluff you’ll love this batting.

Below is after laundering, its so fluffy and I feel better about my quilting. Just so you know, it doesn’t get smaller as you go down its my photography skills. Not really, I have boxes stacked for a baby shower this weekend and couldn’t kneel.

It’s also been cold and snowing or raining since I finished so outside photos were impossible.

The most rewarding part of this challenge is presenting the quilt to my school mate Darrell who fought for us and was wounded in the middle east. Enzo photo bombing hoping Darrell was going to lay it out of the floor to get his photo taken too. Wonder if I have enough fabric left to make and quilt for QOV?

Last but certainly not least I have to give a shout out to Schmetz Needles for their Mictotex Sharp Chrome Needles that I have been using faithfully since receiving my very pack last year.

Join me every Thursday for Put your foot down.

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  1. Tracy

    What a great tribute. The batik fabric colors are so crisp and clear, they really make your piecing and design shine.

    • Denise

      Thanks Tracy, I really love this collection and the richness of the colors.

  2. Lori Smanski

    Wow this is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I am sure your friend loves it and it is perfect to snuggle into.

  3. Bonnie Larson

    This is a gorgeous quilt, Denise. Well done!! I love Batiks. The sew together so nice with little stretching.

    • Denise

      Thank you. Yes I love the lack of stretch and distortion when you press.

    • Denise

      Thank you Yvonne. Come back tomorrow and link up for a chance to win a pattern.

  4. Anne-Marie

    Great use of the fabrics! I love the eagle and I’m glad you were able to gift it to someone you knew.

    • Denise

      Make it more special all around.

    • Denise

      Thanks Michelle. One of these day all veteran I know will have one.

  5. ShirleyC

    This is so gorgeous!

  6. Wow! I love this, especially the eagle center! For the love of eagles! This is amazing, and so great that you could gift it to someone you know.

    • Denise

      I know, it would be difficult to send it off to QOV since I know so many veterans.

  7. Cindy Shelley

    This is a beautiful quilt that went to a very deserving veteran. Thanks for sharing and for all you do.

    • Denise

      Thank you for stopping by

  8. Sandie+Hrycyk

    Lovely quilt Denise. Great design. Love the eagle in the center.

  9. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great job. I love the eagle and the stars. Thanks to your friend for his service!

  10. Great quilt Denise! I love the way those star blocks look on point and your Eagle is fabulous. Great quilt, great cause.

    • Denise

      These are my favorite stars but only if they are on point. Several years ago I made a whole quilt with these blocks on point and I love it, its been on my bed since.

  11. What a fabulous gift…to a veteran, to a friend…I love your eagle and that fabulous fabrics…especially the words in the border!

    • Denise

      Thank you Sally, I love that border fabric.

  12. I was amazed at your beautiful eagle, then to find out that you made it twice! They are both wonderful What a great quilt to give your friend to thank him for his service. He looks very pleased to get it.

    • Denise

      He was very surprised, he thought he was stopping by to pick up a thank you card 🙂

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