Rail Fence with Fireworks
63 x 84
Long ago I made some rail fence blocks to use up some blue, gray and white 2.5 inch scraps but then thought it too blah to even work on any further so the blocks stayed a UFO for quite awhile. When I finally did work on it again I started sewing the blocks together incorrectly so it then sat awhile waiting for the seam ripper. Then I decided to make 5 Quilts of Valor this year for family members (nephew, husband's brother, sister's husband, husbands of two nieces) and thought if I livened this up a bit with some Dresdens in fireworks fabrics it might make a nice QOV. The center of the biggest Dresden says "celebrate".
I quilted it with some free motion stars and spirals in light gray on my plain Jane Janome. Quilting was interrupted when Jane had to be taken into the shop because she quit working (evidently because, according to fix-it guy, I do too much sewing on this machine). She's back now and so I was able to finish quilting Friday night. I don't have the best eye/hand coordination so the spirals are wobbly and the stars are rather wonky but you can't really tell from near or far. It gives such a nice soft texture that you just want to wrap up in it and read a book and not look for quilting imperfections.
I used some gray I had in my backings stash that looked kind of like it matched the fireworks theme. And I used scrappy blue and gray pieces of binding from my leftover bindings so I didn't have to cut any fabric at all for binding.