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.
- Maritime safety
- Maritime security
- 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.