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Feb 1, 2017

Mini Wednesday

I am revisiting our American Armed Forces.
You may remember this quilt, which won first place ribbons at our county & state fair a few years ago.
I realize it's a bit hard to see, but in the four corners below the flag are the blocks I did back then: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. This time I'm adding the Coast Guard block as I will be making the rest again. Mind you, this is my interpretation of each block and I am happy to show how I go about developing each block.
I'll also add a tiny bit of history (trivia) this time.
The Coast Guard officially began August 4, 1790 under President George Washington.
 The Guard serves as part of the Navy Department. 

Here's a look at the finished block before it gets added to the quilt I'm planning.

This is the design I'm using. I've enlarged it 135% of the one from clip-art. After taping it all together, I've outlined all the parts in Sharpie black.....the better to see it from the light-box.

I chose to do the Auxiliary emblem which is found on the more modern seals while a lighthouse, an eagle and the scales of justice, just to name a few, have also appeared on other emblems.
I'm using the black Sharpie to do small lines. It's easy to stitch over this later.

The Coast Guard carries out three roles.
  1. Maritime safety
  2. Maritime security
  3. Maritime stewardship
I've placed the paper design on the light-box and the fabric pieces on top of that for placement.
I love watching it all come together. I think it is important to take photos as often as possible (when I think about it). This acts as an extra eye on things.
The motto of the Coast Guard: Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

This emblem was adapted in December 1966.
Final measurement so far is 15 inches square. When all blocks are made then I'll come up with a decision of how I want to arrange them into a small quilt.


Gene Black said...

Your post made me realize how little I know about the Coast Guard. I am far more aware of the other branches of service.
It will be interesting to see your quilt develop.

Needled Mom said...

That is incredible. Great job. It will be fun to see this one come together.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You added commentary about each branch is interesting. I love a story that goes with a stitched piece. Thanks for blogging about our art. You KNOW I love your blog.
xx, Carol

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

It takes a lot of attention to detail to make those blocks! Thanks for sharing Coast Guard history, and your creative process.


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