Each of the ladies brought me a donation of fabric to use for Quilts of Valor. Some of the fabric went to Kevin The Quilter to use for backings for the block drive quilts. The rest I used to piece this top. Unfortunately I ran out of time to quilt it, but fortunately, my local QofV group, "Eastern Missouri Quilts of Valor" are hand quilters! So they will receive the top for quilting.
I started with the panel I received and 3 coordinating fabrics.
Red - 2 yds
Blue - 1 1/2 yds
White - 2 yds (enough for binding also)
There were 15 squares in the panel and I needed 20 to get the size required, minimum 60x70. So off to one of my favorite quilt shops Osewpersonal in O'Fallon Missouri to buy another panel!
Each of the squares in the panel measured 6 3/4" square. I always try to round up my squares into 1/2" increments. Just makes life easier. 6 3/4" + 1/4" = 7" + 1/2" (seam allowance). I cut the squares at
7 1/2" x 7 1/2".
Next I cut my strips at 2 1/2". This makes it easy to figure strip lengths or to use a Jelly Roll. Cut 20 pieces for each size listed below. I cut my largest lengths first, I find it waste less fabric.
F - 7 1/2" White
E - 9 1/2" White and Red
D - 11 1/2" White and Red
C - 13 1/2" White and Red
B - 15 1/2" Red and Blue
A - 17 1/2" Blue
Here's my strips all laid out and ready to chain piece.
Piecing is just like a half log cabin, Piece the white and red sides first.
Add the blue strips last.
My finished top!
A better picture of just the top half.
It's now ready to give to the Eastern Missouri Quilts of Valor quilters to hand quilt, then off to a deserving Veteran!