Thursday, January 31, 2013

Almost Time for Colors!

How many of you have had the opportunity to see a Colors Ceremony?  Every branch of the military marks the end of the day with a ceremony in it's own way.  When we lived in Everett we could often hear colors presented at the Everett Naval Base at sundown.  It was wonderful to hear the bugle tune - Evening Colors -  wafting up to our house in the late evenings.  We've also been in other places - particularly some marinas that have their own version.

Soon we'll have our own "flag" to present Colors at the Squash House!  Yesterday I finished the top for my Old Glory quilt.  I am so pleased with the entire quilt.  I love that fabrics from a variety of French General lines and The Morris Apprentice line played so well together.

Mr. Squash stood at attention while holding the quilt for me to photograph!  He is very proud of his service to the Army as a young enlisted man.  Check out his Crocs (you can enlarge the photo) - they are even in Camo!  Soon I'll load up the quilt on Vinnie and get it quilted and bound.  

I haven't quite decided what to work on next, but I'm sure I can find something in my growing stash!


Michelle said...

It's beautiful.

Cindy said...

Oh my, Candace - cheers to the Red, White and Blue! Giving thanks to all our troops.

You have represented them well with this beautiful flag quilt!

Look forward to see how it's quilted.

Stephanie said...

The most spectacular tribute to a flag quilt I've seen yet. Nothing makes the heart swell with pride like men in uniform and a military ceremony.

Lynn said...

This is an amazing quilt Candace. This is the most beautiful flag quilt I've seen. There's another one to add to my quilt bucket list. P.S. Love the crocs!

Anna said...

I just started following your blog this week and already I want to make something I have seen here!!! What is the name of the flag pattern??? Spectacular!!

Me and My Stitches said...

Candace, I LOVE it! The fabric you ordered must have worked? I really need to get this pattern - wonderful!!

Sheila said...

Oh, so pretty, I love anything in red, white and blue!

Libby said...

I love 'Colors' It's such a wonderful sight to see men and women stop whatever they are doing, stand at attention during colors.

Your quilt is a wonderful tribute to that daily ceremony.

Sue said...

BRAVO !!! Your American flag quilt is Amazing !! Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it . Maybe it is time to make Swoon ?

B J Elder said...

Love this flag quilt - it is fabulous! Perfect quilter's tribute.

Sinta Renee said...

I love your tribute quilt. It is amazing! Our troops and veterans are extraordinary men and women!

Lisa D. said...

That couldn't be prettier, Candace. I love the quilt and the tribute to all our veterans!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Can't wait to see it all quilted and bound. That is such a wonderful idea. Would you mind if the idea was stolen?

Stay warm.

Miss Lori said...

what a beautiful pattern and I love the colors,,, did you make that from all of your stash?

Houseelf said...

Stunning and unusual Candace. I really like how old style blocks can be used in such a new to me way.

Jackie said...

Gorgeous quilt Candace! I've not seen a flag quilt designed that way before. It's a beauty!

pratima said...

It is incredibly beautiful! The layout of the two color blocks gives it a wonderful look and the tiny blocks are too cute for words!

Sharon said...

I have this pattern and am considering getting a group started for a sew along at my LQS. I thought I could break it up into sections and do tutorials on using the Easy Angler, what do you think? The piece is fabulous all finished up, and thanks to your hubby, veterans rock!

Anne said...

I love it! I'm an Army brat, so it brings back fond memories for me.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

I love your flag quilt, Candace! It's just wonderful.

Karen said...

Beautiful! And thank you, Mr. Squash, for serving our country.

Louise said...

Thanks to your husband for his service to our country. Love the crocs, I wore my red ones yesterday.very good jo on the quilt!
Will look forward to seeing it quilted!

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

Not much more to say than Inspiring. What a wonderful tribute! I'm with Lynn...add it to my bucket list!

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful! I think I need to get this pattern!

Kaaren said...

Absolutely beautiful, Candace.

My older brother was a Marine and served in Vietnam. I have to make this quilt for him for his birthday. I think he'd be blown away.

Carrie P. said...

that is totally awesome!

mehitabel said...

Love your flag quilt! And hmmm, I do have both the French General and Morris Apprentice fabrics...Is there a pattern for this or is it your own design?

LuAnn said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! Please thank Mr. S for his service; love the military and all they do for us.

Sue said...

That is just beautiful! I have that pattern and really want to have mine done for this summer!


Marie said...

This is really beautiful - yyou'll treasure it for years.

Prairie Stitcher said...

That's so nice! I love the colors too....all the time. I have an Ohio Star I made with r,w, & b and have used it as a table cloth during 4th of July for several years now. Still haven't had it quilted but will get that done this year. Something light and thin so I can put it on the table when I want to. It says, "Love this country!" loud and clear, just like your Colors. Thank you, Candace.

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