I’m now a radio operator with the Caloundra Volunteer Coast Guard after joining this emergency service two years ago and qualifying in May 2017.
Whilst on radio duty recently, doing a shift on a Tuesday instead of my normal rostered day (due to having to have ear surgery), I took in some scraps to cut out in to more useable shapes and sizes. I managed to get quite a bit done and was very impressed with what I got done in a few hours.
I cut out 2” squares, 1 1/2” strips and 2” strips. Marking the ruler with masking tape so I could easily see the 2” square line really speeded up the cutting.
I hadn’t ironed the fabrics before putting them in my Coast Guard bag (along with rulers, rotary cutter and a small A4 sized cutting mat) so I used the defibrillator in the Radio Room to help flatten the fabrics out. That worked a trear!
My aim is to eventually make quilts for Quilts of Valour to give to Veterans and sometimes their family members, as a thank-you for their service. I found a great website with heaps of scrappy quilt patterns that will be great for such quilts.
I’ve been honoured to present Quilts of Valour now to Veterans for 2 years so I’m looking forward to actually being able to make a quilt for them, not just be the presenter of the quilts.