Home Sweet Home, JQ-17 $10
This pattern includes recommendations for Quilts of Valor and the complete alphabet for your own message. Your own UFO blocks can be substituted for the stars. Pull fat quarters from your stash, or visit your favorite quilt store for inspiration. The letters are fused and top stitched for simplicity.
Copyright 2006 Joy J. Iervolino
This could be you surrounded by handsome young men in uniform!
I used the stars from my pattern "American Stars" instead of the very simple but effective stars shown in the pattern. The scouts needed a community service project and I had donated the quilt not knowing how it would be used. Guild members remembered it was stored in someone's car trunk, and it became their raffle quilt.
Once the name was drawn, the winner was asked if he preferred to donate it to a wounded soldier. A special label was added indicating such. The raffle money was also donated to the QOV chapter supported by our guild to help cover backing, batting, and mailing expenses. Several scouts had family members in the service, and saw the respect given to their sacrifices. I still get goosebumps from being a part of their efforts.
With the enclosed reversed alphabet, you can adapt the message to other worthy causes, including your own. The sheer number of pieces makes the quilt look intricate, but it is not. The two banners with letters can be omitted, and the borders can be solid or striped for a different, simpler project. The Ohio Star setting for the center just makes it go together really quickly, using fat quarters and scraps. Of course, the quilts can be used for any personal or charitable purpose without my permission.