Sunday, December 30, 2018

Thin Blue Line Quilt



The Meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag: The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with unbelievable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers.


This is a Thin Blue Line quilt I made for my son-in-law.  It was supposed to be a birthday gift in July of '18, then I decided to make it a Christmas gift.  Unfortunately, it is not quilted yet.  I am going to try to learn a new technique before I quilt it.  What an adventure this was.  My husband designed the quilt.  He plotted the star field so every star was in the exact placement.  I owe him so many thanks for all his help.  Maybe he can learn to quilt when he retires next year!

The star field took me about two weeks.  Then I sewed the quilt together.  I had cut the stripes so unevenly it was very obvious.  I completely disassembled it and re-cut the stripes.  They were perfect this time, but when my husband looked at it, he said "there is a very serious problem!"  I had sewed the star field on upside down.  So I took it apart a second time.  Final time sewing was a charm.  I loved it.  Now it has to be quilted.  I am going to try to learn to freehand machine quilt so I can quilt around each star.  Wish me luck!

This is the label for the back:


Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.  Matthew5:9

Handmade for Gabriel Brown
by Diane and Tom Ahlers
January 2019
 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Finally Back in Quilting Mode


 I actually completed two quilts this week.  I can finally say I'm back in quilting mode.  The above quilt was made for my bio mom.  I originally made this as a different quilt and hated how it looked.  I ripped it all apart, cut it up, and put it back together in a different format.  Still not a quilt I would want for myself, but I think she will like it.



This quilt was a kit started by my daughter several years ago.  She decided not to finish it after piecing the top.  When I retired she gave it to me in case I wanted to complete it.  It's been two years, but I finally took it out and finished it.    Getting productive again!

Now on to gift quilts for Christmas.

 
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