I know it's been months since I got the Quilts of Valor from our guild challenge, and I've only presented two of them. Like many of my projects, I got bogged down by the details. Since we decided to donate these quilts locally instead of shipping them off to QOV, I got stuck on the part about finding the vets to give them to.
As with most of the best things in my life, there was serendipity. I had registered the two quilts donated to Donn and Mark with QOV, so my email address got put on a list somewhere. Susan Gordon, the recently appointed regional coordinator, contacted me to find out more about our guild and the quilts we made. She had some great information, including a contact at the Veteran's Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.
I also realized (after Donn and Mark got their quilts) that they were all supposed to be in a presentation bag/pillowcase. I was going to just whip up a few out of the many patriotic fabrics in my stash until I found this:
How perfect is that? I was in JoAnn's to buy my favorite white marking pen while it was 40% off (marking the Bear's quilt took almost a whole one!) and noticed a display of July 4th type fabric marked half off. I planned to just walk on by since, as I mentioned, I have PLENTY, when I saw these little houses. There were 8 yards left, about enough to make ten pillowcases from this awesome easy pattern*, so I took it all.
Now they are ready to go to their new homes as soon as I can get them to Augusta! Maybe next week when everyone's back in school. That ought to keep me busy instead of missing them.
*The only things I do differently on this pattern are that a) I left off the accent strip, b) I didn't trim the selvedges before sewing the cuff on; I just trimmed the whole pillowcase after this step, and c) I sew the side and bottom seams all at the same time, just pivoting around the corner instead of making it 2 separate steps. Faster/lazier. It's a fine line.