Friday, July 5, 2019

Quilts of Valor Blog Hop Featuring Freedom by Island Batik

Welcome to the final day of the Quilts of Valor Blog Hop, hosted by Jen of Dizzy Quilter

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

 This past November I happened upon a Quilt of Valor Ceremony during the city's yearly Jingle Bell Market.  I had never been to one, so I sat down to see what it was all about.

I had heard of Quilts of Valor and knew of their mission, but had never actually witnessed anyone getting a quilt from them before. It was a wonderful ceremony and got me thinking about volunteering for Quilts of Valor.

So this Spring when Jennifer of asked the other Island Batik Ambassadors if they wanted to make Quilts of Valor, I couldn't sign up fast enough.

I was ready go go buy myself some red white and blue fabric, but Island Batik graciously donated the fabric for these quilts. They sent a stack of 10 inch precuts along with red, white, and, blue yardage from their new Freedom line coming out.

For the pattern I played around in EQ8.  I fiddled around with the 54-40 Fight block altering some of the 4 patches and came up with this color way.

I used all but one print from the 10 inch squares, all the dark and medium blue yardage, all the white yardage, and almost all the red yardage.

Once all my four patches and triangle squares were done it was just like sewing a 9 patch together.

I had 18 blocks with four patches in the corners and 17 with Half Square Triangles in the corner and alternated between the two.

We spent the 4th visiting with family and hit the beach in the evening after most of the crowds left.  It was raining in the evening, but it stopped sprinkling long enough for me to take some photos.

The quilt measures approximately 62 x 80.

I used Hobbs Theramore batting for this one. This bating was sent to me as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.  It is super light and thin and perfect for a summer quilt down here in the south.

Now I need to get in touch with the closest QOV chapter to get this to its new home.  The chapter who did the ceremony in the fall is not local.  If I remember right they were the chapter from the beach.   I go down to the beach a lot to visit family, so it will be easy to get it where it needs to go.

Today is the last day of the hop, make sure you go back and visit any posts from previous days if you missed them.  And check out Jen's post from Dizzy Quilter, she giving away a stack of Freedom fabric from Island Batik! 


July 1

Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney

Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights  (Me)
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine



  1. So wonderful that you were able to attend a Quilt of Valor Ceremony...enjoyed seeing the pictures of them wrapped in the quilts. Your quilt is just fabulous!

  2. Beautiful. Seeing your finish and your unfinished blocks stacked, this would make a great scrap quilt. I'll have to keep this in mind the next time the scraps pile up.

  3. I absolutely love this one! Beautiful layout.

  4. This is beautiful!! Great choice of block.

  5. I love it! One of my favorite designs, too!

  6. Oh, Leah, this is beautiful. I need to put this on my list of someday...

  7. Such a pretty QOV that you poured your quilty love into.