Here are two of them with their presentation cases. They both got a flag pantograph, you know how I feel about pantos but I find them very useful and appropriate for some of the QOV's.
The first was pieced by an 85 year old lady in CO. I was really moved by her contribution and I sent her a nice letter with a picture of the finished quilt, she chose great patriotic fabrics and did a very nice job of the piecing.
The second is a PIG that flew to me from Elizabeth in TX- it was a BOM from her QS that she had never finished and it makes a terrific quilt for a soldier, thanks Liz!
I like to make the presentation cases, it's a good opportunity to use up half yard pieces, FQ's and other odd bits and pieces from my stash that go together.
This evening [after dinner at the new Vietnamese restaurant up the road] I finished putting the borders on that strip stash quilt-the sample from the magazine has an additional un-pieced border but I think I have decided to just quilt mine as is, it's already a good lap size probably for a QOV.
Do you think it needs something to set it off? Maybe I could just put a wide binding, red? I looked through my stash but couldn't see anything I thought suitable for a border and in the photo it looks as if there's a lot of pink but in fact there is a pretty good mix of every color under the sun!
Or how about a two inch pieced strip on the outside similar to the narrow stop border between the large blocks of the quilt and the pieced border? Hmmm that sounds worth a try and it will use up a few more scraps! This quilt cleaned out my 2" scrap basket and I am now working on the 2.5" bin that I'll also use for binding. Using my scrap strips will be one of my focuses for 2010 along with working on my collection of kits.
Tomorrow is the 43rd. birthday of DS #1 and he and DIL are coming after work, I promised roast lamb dinner and tiramisu for dessert so there will probably not be a whole lot of sewing though I really want to get back to my two WIP's before the weekend when the cookie baking has to begin!