July 31, 2010

Pam's newest quilt

This is one Pam just finished.  She made it to bring comfort to her friend whose youngest son leaves for Afghanistan in September, followed by the oldest son leaving in December.  Pam said the family spends a lot of time at the beach.  There are friendship star blocks, seashell panels, and I know the other blocks have significance, but I don't really remember the names.  I'm sending Pam the link to the blog, so hopefully she'll let me know.
This is a thoughtfully designed, perfectly constructed quilt.

Pam says:
"Here are the names of the quilt blocks I used besides the friendship stars. The blocks at the four corners are The Army Star, for my friend's oldest son, who is an Army Ranger and has already done two tours in Iraq. The four blocks at the cardinal points (top, bottom, middle right and left) are The Marine's Star, for her younger son, a Marine. The blocks connecting all of these stars are Mother's Dream blocks. What mother doesn't dream and pray that her sons will be safe during the fighting and I felt that her sons' service also protects her dreams of being a free American who can go to the beach and search for the shells she loves."

The full quilt

There are three different block panels and I outlined the vases in each.  All of the sashing has loops in the center section.
I quilted stars in all four corners of this block, but this photo of one partially quilted shows the quilting best.  There are double circles in the center, which are repeated in the friendship star block.

Ribbon candy in the darker blues of this block.  Pam fussy cut the seashell fabric for all these blocks so the fabric is the same on opposite sides and every block is the same.  She definitely pays attention to the details!

Ribbon candy in the white sections here

Straight lines echoing the angles of the friendship star, and again, double circles in the center.  I love the blue flange around the center square. 

Perfectly mitered corners on a border quilted with perpendicular lines every 2"

A pieced back with more coordinating fabric


  1. A beautiful quilt and of course amazing quilting. :)Bea

  2. This is a beautiful quilt; the piecing and the quilting. Wonderful as always!

  3. Jane is going to rock your world little lady!!!! Congratulations on your win over at Bea's!!!! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  4. Mary Helen, you got me all excited! You have me mixed up with someone else, I'm sorry to say. But I rushed right over to Bea's blog to check it out. Isn't that Riley ADORABLE???

  5. The quilt has come to good use, but sad. The recipient's son was hit by an IED just two weeks after arriving. He lost one entire leg, one leg just below the knee and is in Germany awaiting either further surgery or a trip home for more. His mom uses the quilt every day and has told Pam that she will wrap her son in it when she is able to see him. Keep them all in your prayers, please.


  6. OH, NO!!! I am SOOOOOOOO sory. I can't imagine the pain he and his family are going through.