Today is Veterans’ Day in the United States. This day is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. It’s the first Veterans Day that I’m without my father, a proud World War II veteran who, like so many others, gave four years of his life during the 1940s to preserve our freedom.
Today there will be a ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, followed by a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries inside the Memorial Amphitheater. Communities across the country will have their own observances. If you know a veteran, this would be the day to say thank you.
Quilters have always made quilts with patriotic themes.
Eagles are ever present.
Stars are possibly the most repeated quilt motif ever.
A red, white and blue color scheme can hardly ever miss.
Maria Tavy Umhey created USA, above, for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4. I can see this as the starting point for a patriotic sampler quilt.
The book honors the role of women in the war effort and features numerous quilt and rug projects to inspire lovers of history and Americana.
I’d own this title just for the glimpse into women’s lives of that era, but the hooked rugs are gorgeous. And the quilts feature a nice variety of techniques: hand embroidery, wool applique, piecing and applique. Photos of WW II items are a bonus.
Let’s give away a copy of Victory Girls and a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4 (featuring the USA block). Please leave a comment by midnight Sunday, Nov. 13 with the initials of a veteran whose service you appreciate. We’ll randomly draw a winner on Monday and announce it here.
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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.