This one is a quilt I made for a silent auction recently.
When my uncle Pete was in the Navy during the Viet Nam war he was a member of the Seabees (the Navy Construction Battalion). He was actually one of the guys that built the base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. I had made a Seabees quilt for Pete a few years ago, and he brought it to his Seabees reunion last year. Of course everyone loved it! Since they were planning to have a silent auction at this year’s reunion, Pete asked me if I would make a quilt that he could enter into the silent auction.
The first picture shows me and Pete holding up the quilt. The second picture shows a closeup of the center block that has the Seabees logo. The pattern for the quilt was based on one in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine called “Blackbird Crossing”. I just substituted the center on that quilt with the Seabees logo & motto. I believe the pinwheel blocks are also spinning the opposite direction from the original pattern.
For the appliqued center I just enlarged the Seabees logo in outline form and used that for the pattern pieces.
This is a lap size or wallhanging size quilt. I quilted swirls in the pinwheel block to mimick the motion of a spinning pinwheel, echo quilted around the appliqued stars, quilted in the ditch on the border, and a free-motion swirl pattern in the center block.