Our family has a rich history of defence service, and we have honoured that in our quilt pattern called Remember Them. Both of my parents served in the ADF, as did my husband’s father. My husband has served 26yrs regular army and now in reserves, and I also have a son who has joined the army. Plus there are many relatives in both families who have served as well.
We’ve made a couple of these quilts and we love the simplicity but poignancy of the design and so we want to share a Sew Along with you all.
We will be sharing our sew along live in our community group on Facebook called The Sunflower Garden. You can of course join in from anywhere and this group is where the fun will be. I’ll be sharing the group each week the next steps and answering any questions you might have for this project, plus you’ll get to see any hints and tips I share there as well.
We have decided that we can send out emails for this event and so there is now a sign up page here. I hope you join us and I will share as much extra info I can in these emails.
Let’s start in September, this way we get to have a completed quilt by November 11th which is Remembrance Day in Australia and some other countries, it may also be called Armistice Day.
2nd September Week 1 – Gather your supplies and sort your squares.
9th September Week 2 – HST and sew the background
16th September Week 3 – Trace, cut, position and press the applique pieces
23rd September Week 4 – Options to sew your applique pieces, by hand or machine
30th September Week 5 – Quilting options and ideas.
Then I’ll send out some gentle reminders to prompt you to keep going with your quilting before we bind our quilts in late October.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have these ready for November 11th and share them online to honour our service personnel, past and present.
what do you need
First of all you’ll need the pattern Remember Them. This is available in our online shop.
The pattern lists all the items you need, but in a nutshell this pattern is layer cake friendly with a bit extra for the corners, plus some fabric for the applique flowers and stems.
Depending on your choices for finishing you will need some sewing machine thread or embroidery threads to match your applique fabric.
You’ll need your favourite fusible web, I like Vliesofix but there are other brands around.
Once we get the quilt together then there is the quilting stuff required like wadding and thread and backing etc, plus your binding fabric.
We have a great tutorial on our website for binding, check it out here.
check out this version of the quilt
I finished another version of the quilt late last year. I had a bit of a chat about it in a video.
We’d love you to join us for this sew along and complete your own Remember Them quilt. I found a great layer cake recently which prompted this event so I am keen to use it and make a new version.
I may do a simpler version of the quilting that I did on the original but I will show you all that in the event.
Thank you to all defence personnel, past and present, your sacrifice is acknowledged and we are grateful.