Thumbstall Quilt Guild held its annual quilt challenge last night. Since this year’s challenge is a part of our quilt show, Star Spangled Quilts, we chose a patriotic theme to tie it in with the show.
We were challenged to make a quilt using at least one fabric from the Quilted in Honor fabric line, prominently placed in the quilt. (If you are not aware a percentage of retail sales of this fabric is donated to Operation Homefront.) According to the Quilted in Honor website, “The line is meant to inspire projects that tell the human side of what “serving our country” really means to soldiers and their families back home. Their sacrifice is great; now it’s our turn to show them how much we appreciate their commitment to our country and tell the stories of what their service means to us!”
When I saw the challenge entries last night I was amazed at the different ways each of the entrants used the fabric to express the theme, from firecrackers to the Star Spangled Banner, to flags.
My quilt was the Freedom Protector by Jery Wyatt & Jackie Robinson. The simple silhouette of an armed soldier in front of a flag patterned shape of the USA protecting our freedoms and way of life exemplifies to me the extremes that our service people are willing to go through to make sure we maintain the lifestyle we have grown accustomed to, and unfortunately sometimes take for granted.
Apparently many of my fellow guild members were in someway also touched by this quilt – I won first place in the challenge! Notice the ribbon in the upper right-hand corner or the quilt. (This is the fist time in the twelve years that I have been a member of the guild that I won a prize such as this.)
Our challenge quilts will hang at our quilt show in Skaneateles NY on July 11-13 and at Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop, Marcellus NY as it hosts the Quilted in Honor Traveling Quilt Exhibit mid-September through mid-October.
There is always time to quilt!