Did you know that in 2016 McCall’s Quilting will feature a pattern appropriate for Quilts of Valor in each issue? What is the Quilts of Valor Foundation? This is straight from their website: “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.” (Learn more on their website, QOVF.org.)
It occurred to me that Saddle Tramp would be a great design for Quilts of Valor, especially with the fabrics I’m using (Polka-Dots & Paisleys designed by Minick & Simpson for Moda). But the quilt is just a smidge too long to meet the QOV guidelines. They are asking for finished quilts no smaller than 55″ x 65″ and no larger than 72″ x 90″. The 91 1/2″ length of Saddle Tramp would probably shrink up a bit when quilted and washed, but to be on the safe side, I could make it shorter. If I leave out 2 rows, the design is not changed much, and the finished size will be 64 1/2″ x 73 1/2″. Perfect!
I’ve made this easy on myself by just working from a picture of the resized quilt. I made a photocopy of the quilt photo and folded it to eliminate 2 rows. No resizing anything, no math to figure out new patch sizes…easy peasy!
I certainly had fun making blocks for Saddle Tramp, and now I’d like to pass them on to someone else. The photos show the blocks I’ve made and the 10″ squares I didn’t use, plus scraps from my stash and a few that I found around the office.
If you’d like a chance to win this stuff and finish this quilt for QOV (or any other recipient!), leave a comment below now through October 31. A winner will be randomly selected on November 2 and notified by email.
We have a winner! Congratulations to Elizabeth Kucera of Denver, CO!