For several months now I've been seeing different Quilts of Valor and have been intrigued by the idea of making quilts to honor our service men and women. I've discovered that all (or at least most) of the Quilts of Valor have been inspired by the Quilt of Valor Foundation, created with the purpose of honoring our men and women who have been touched by war.
Opening up the latest issue of Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting" (March/April 2012) I discovered a quilt named, "Three Tours," designed by a man in honor of his nephew who had served three tours of duty (two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan). Seeing this quilt I went from just being intrigued to being inspired.
|Quilt of Valor Inspiration Pattern|
Have you ever been so inspired by something that it's almost all that fills your mind and you know you have to follow through and act upon that inspiration? This is that kind of inspiration for me. Since being inspired I've had to force myself to work on other obligations (home and sewing) before diving into this quilt. I'm so excited about this project that I'm sure it will consume me once I start and I may not leave my studio until it's finished. If you don't hear from me for a few days, send in some chocolate and cherry coke zero.
|Quilt of Valor Fabric selection|
So, today I begin a Quilt of Valor for a soldier who is dear to my heart and I hope will be honored by it.
Marcia the Little Pink Rose