This will be an Aussie Heroes Quilts production.
This was the initial fabric selection and an assortment of iron-on patches to fit the brief. I’m particularly loving the dark navy blue fabric with white kangaroo silhouettes which is going to be the backing.
Subsequently I decided not to use many of the scraps I thought about using, since some of them are, well, floral/girly. I want to get it right for my first one! This quilt is going to a Petty Officer Master Technician in the Navy, and I have to get it on its way by 25 August at the latest.
I have a plan, and this is what it looks like. The nice thing about all the AHQ quilts is that they’re smallish, and therefore faster to make than my usual double to queen size. There’s a standard size we have to stick to, to ensure it doesn’t weigh too much, that it fits the bunks, and that it can be stowed away in kit easily and quickly. So I can crack on fast, make the quilt fit the recipient, and once it’s away, start the next one. Thousands of quilts and laundry bags have gone out, but so many thousands more are needed, and each one goes to a grateful and appreciative home…
Here’s progress to date. The chequered patches went together like a dream, everything lined up without trouble – it must be a good omen! To contrast with the crisp blue and white blocks, I’m going for greyish, muted solids and co-ordinating large scale simple botanic prints meandering from side to side. The ‘extras’ that reflect the recipient’s interests are going to be added in the solid colour squares, here and there on the quilt top. There’s also a co-ordinating block for the back which will contain the AHQ label.
Here are the embellishments. The drawing is going to be the appliqué patch, which will be fairly tricky. I’m still working out how to do it, but it’s going to be good if I can pull it off. OK, little quiz: what is the significance of the coloured strip at the top of this picture? The clue lies in this quilt’s final destination. Answers in the comments box. No prizes except kudos, though!
Back to the sewing machine.