Rail Squares - A Quilts of Valor Finish

This week was quite a momentous occasion for me - I got to present a Quilt of Valor to a WWII veteran! I haven’t had a chance to do that before, and I honestly didn’t think I would, just based on timing. (Let’s face it, WWII was well over seventy years ago.) Not only that, my veteran served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars! Quite deserving of this honor.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I started this quilt as an experiment during Sarah’s Rockin’ Rectangles Quilt Along - and, eh. I learned things, how about that? For one thing, this is much harder with three colors for the rails (red, light blue, and dark blue) - there was a lot of twisting and turning to make sure each square had the right sides.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Also, some of the fabrics are just a bit too busy to read as one color. (Mostly the dark blues.) However, when you take a step back in the end, it turned out very nice. It just could have been easier if I only used the reds and light blues!

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The fabric is Wilmington Land of Liberty junior jelly rolls and yardage - I bought them on clearance. I think I used about 1.5 of the jelly rolls (I used bits and pieces from all three), and I cut the solid squares from the length of the yardage instead of the width, so I don’t know how much that was, either. Very helpful info, right?

Why did I cut the yardage length wise? I actually have a plan! I’m going to make this Rockin’ Rectangles quilt with the leftover strips - I had about 4” leftover from each rail fence strip set, so I already sewed all those together. And then I sewed the rest of the strips into a big long piece, so all that’s left is cutting the yardage and inserting it. And boom - two quilts from three junior jelly rolls and three yards.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is loops and stars. Hey - it works! Every time, every QOV.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The backing is wide back, and was sent by a friend’s mother. She sent me two 6-yard bolts of wide back! Six yards is my favorite - I can cut it into 2-yard sections for three quilt backs, then the cut offs from the bottoms is enough for a fourth pieced back. And then there’s usually enough off the sides for a binding or borders for yet another quilt.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

See - I do fill out labels! And then I have to redact them! The binding is a blue/cream stars from my QOV stash.

Rail Squares for Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

60x78”

For more pictures from the ceremony, see our Facebook page!

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