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Thread: Patriotic Quilt for Dad's 90th Birthday

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    Patriotic Quilt for Dad's 90th Birthday

    Here is a quilt that is very near and dear to my heart and very personal to me!! It is entirely my own design starting with the center square and working outwards.. maybe not an approved method but it worked well for me. I had the design in my head and kept building it outward. It's not fancy, or very difficult but every single inch had to be just perfect for me. I spent alot of time making sure every stage of this quilt was exactly square as I added the next fabric. I am very very proud to say it's about as perfect as I can get it being so new to piecing. My binding is coming along,... 3 out of 4 corners are nearly perfect mitres. The 4th corner... well I'm sure some of you know that somethings don't come out perfect no matter how many times you restitch. But.... I'm ok with it... until I get better!! ;-)
    I completed the quilt by embroidering not one but 2 special labels and stitched them on the back.

    My darling dad has just turned 90 and we are having a big family celebration. Dad has Alzheimers and pretty much lives back in WWII and his days at home when he was a boy. He seems more in touch with those days than what is happening at the moment. I accept that this is how is life is now, I love him no matter what condition his mind is in!
    Dad has always been so proud of his Military Service that I thought this might be a way to really touch his heart and mind. What could be better than some patriotic fabrics to salute his time in the Military. I think he might respond well, but if he doesn't, it doesn't matter to me, because this project was very important to me to honor something that means so much to him.
    So without further explanations.... here is my special quilt to my darlin' dad.
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    Lovely and such a nice tribute to your dear dad. Peggy
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    What a pretty quilt to honor your Dad and his Service to our Country! Great job!

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    What a touching way to honor your dad's birthday and his service to our country. You must know in your heart that he will love it even tho he may not be able to tell you. Best wishes to your dad on his 90th birthday.

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    What a outstanding and beautiful quilt and the label is nice. My son is Active Duty Navy and I am designing him a quilt with navy fabric (United We Stand) from Robert Kaufman and The People's House 24" Panel of Americana from Bolts in the Bathtub. I am including a picture of Great Lakes Naval Training Station, IL where he did his bootcamp (now and intstructor there) and the three ships he served on.

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    I couldn't have said it better.
    Quote Originally Posted by pastimesquiltdesign View Post
    Lovely and such a nice tribute to your dear dad. Peggy
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    Your quilt sounds MAGNIFICENT!!! These patriotic fabrics are just stunning and sew much fun to create quilts from! Thank your Son for serving his country!! I am a proud Military spouse, Have a wonderful time working on your quilt... and thank you sew much for the compliments and encouragement.


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    What a outstanding and beautiful quilt and the label is nice. My son is Active Duty Navy and I am designing him a quilt with navy fabric (United We Stand) from Robert Kaufman and The People's House 24" Panel of Americana from Bolts in the Bathtub. I am including a picture of Great Lakes Naval Training Station, IL where he did his bootcamp (now and intstructor there) and the three ships he served on.
    ~Sheriann~💖 BabyLock Ellisimo 💖 Husqvarna Viking Designet 1ESS 💖 BabyLock Imagine 💖 Janome Jem Platinum 760 ♥ Beloved Gram's 1924 Singer Treadle 💖 1937 & 1953 Singer Featherweights #IAMSEWBLESSED ♥

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    It's so lovely to work on a quilt tht has special meaning. Well done.
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    You designed a great quilt.

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    That is beautiful!!! What a wonderful way to say "I love you" and thank you.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    What a wonderful tribute to your dad.

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    Your quilt is lovely. I know the Alzheimer's plague. I have an 85 year old "Aunt of my Heart" (not blood) who is in long-term care right now. Sometimes, the things she says are "out yonder" somewhere! At least, at the current time she's not in the "mean" stage. I see her at the very least once a week. I was going every day at one point in time, but I'm still working full time and that got to be a little much!

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    What a great quilt. You did a great job and I'm sure it will bring a lot of joy to him.

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    Your labor of love is reflected in this wonderful quilt. WWII was a difficult time in our history and my thanks to him for his sacrifice in order for us to enjoy the freedoms we take so much for granted each day. I also have a grandson that is serving in the Army stateside at this moment, but we never know how long he will be on American soil. I am sadden your father has to endure such a nasty disease in his golden years. The quilt is perfect even though you think the miter corner is wonky. My thoughts go with you.

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    Nice quilt. I am sure your Dad will love it.

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    A wonderful gift!!

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    Beautiful!!!

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    Well done. It's wonderful how you adore your dad, he's very lucky. I'm sure it will bring him great comfort and Love.
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    What a beautiful way to tell your dad how much he means to you. I'm quite confident he'll love every inch of it. Thanks for sharing.
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    Beautiful. Thank him for his service to our country. Quilt made with love what could be better. Thanks for sharing. BrendaK
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    Even if he can't tell you, it will touch his heart. There are no gifts more special than those made with love. And your corners look perfect to me!
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    Awwww. That is so sweet. Nice quilt. Great labels. Happy Birthday to your Dad.

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    very positive for both of you. great quilt

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    That is a beautiful quilt and tribute to your dad.
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    What a very deserving quilt and you did a stunning job.
    God Bless you all.
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