A Memorial Day Memory

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

For some years, my husband’s family had a tradition for Memorial Day weekend at the Calvary Cemetery in Duluth, Minnesota. On Friday, we would plant flags at the graves of those who had served in the military and on Monday we would take the flags down. We would also attend the ceremony on Memorial Day complete with honor guard and bugler playing taps. It was always bittersweet and sometimes heartbreaking. I only remember one speech that was way too partisan and inappropriate but otherwise, speeches were short and fraught with meaning and love for our military. Often we put those flags up and took them down in the pouring rain–Memorial Day weekend in northeastern Minnesota is often like that. It was a small sacrifice. As time passed, there were less and less veterans and volunteers to perform this duty–now you go to the cemetery and pick up a flag at the entrance if you wish to place one on a loved one’s grave. My father-in-law has long since passed, along with all of his brothers and American Legion friends. Please take a moment to think about all of those who have died to keep us in America and around the world free.

Here is a traditional block called Soldier Boy. I have changed the dimensions so that two blocks together will make a 12-1/2 inch block. I’ll try to upload the pattern this week–it’s just a rough sketch right now. And don’t worry about the funky triangles–that part is paper-pieced. If you would like to make a Quilt of Valor for wounded soldiers, go here for guidelines. Or make a quilt for your own veteran family member, neighbor or friend. God Bless America.

http://www.qovf.org/

Soldier Boy Block

Soldier Boy Block

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

Posted on May 30, 2016, in Holidays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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