QOV Road-to-Oklahoma Block

I have always wanted to make some quilts for the Quilts of Valor (QOV) cause and 2021 is going to be THE year to do so. It is for personal reasons as a focus for this particular quilt. One of the principals in the school district where I work is retiring in June. He is a Veteran and even shares his birthday with the date Veterans are honored. Not knowing what kind of gift to get him, yet wanting it to be special, the QOV idea was born. After a bit of search on Pinterest and patterns that we have, the focus shifted to the Road to Oklahoma block. Don’t you think this will make just the best quilt?!

QOV New Fabrics

A new project of a special quilt requires new fabric don’t you think? We wanted to get fabrics from the same line – ideally a fat quarter bunch with just reds and blues. You know, there isn’t such a thing as that, it seems and why not, I couldn’t help but wonder. Instead, I searched for some star fabrics and landed on this trio called American Dreams.

While not a white-white per se, the beige stars on the white background look even better in person. All three were ordered from Missouri Star Quilt Company and the waiting game for their arrival began. I not only wanted to get started on the project for something new but also because I already knew the quilt design to use to finish it off.

Fireworks interspersed with stars would work just perfectly, don’t you think? These two samples were from the Fireburst quilt-along held by Tish back in July of 2018. Hmm, I’d better find some variegated thread for this project, too.

QOV design in EQ8

Of course, I had to head right over to EQ8 to envision exactly what the chosen fabrics would look like.

It also gives me a better idea of what size to make the quilt, how many blocks, etc. Ooh, I just LOVE the secondary patterns that are formed . . . and those stars!

Stonehenge Stars and Stripes seems like just the perfect backing for this quilt, don’t you think? We’ll also have to be sure to add a label in an equally special design of some sort. The fabrics should be in-house real soon.

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15 Responses

  1. Hi Roseanne…love the fabric and the quilt design — it will be beautiful gift ♥♥

  2. plstockwell says:

    It’s going to be an awesome project. Love your fabrics!

  3. Roseanne this will be a beautiful, appropriate quilt to gift to a very deserving man who not only served his country as a military man but continued on to serve his country by guiding the young. I think it will be stunning, love the fabrics and the pattern. I often use it to make baby quilts. It’s a go to pattern for me along with the churn dash.

  4. Yes that is the perfect block IMO because it is near and dear to my heart – I was born and raised in Oklahoma! I’ve been meaning to make something with that block for over 10 years. Maybe watching your progress will get me in gear. Beautiful fabrics! Nice that the layout you choose makes those secondary stars.

  5. chrisknits says:

    It will be wonderful to present this quilt to the Veteran, how sweet of you to think of it.

  6. Kathryn says:

    What a lovely idea and what do I think! I think you get an A on all your decisions! Love how the road to Oklahoma plays out. All the best, can’t wait to see you get into it and yay for the MSQC.

  7. Susan Nixon says:

    That’s a great soldier quilt. QOV says “The recommended size of a Quilt of Valor is 60″ x 80″; it must be a minimum of 55″ x 65″ and maximum of 72″ x 90”, but American Hero Quilts says, “Quilts should be approximately 63×87 inches. We find that many of the warriors need the extra length and width to keep warm.”

    So that gives you a range of size. =) I think this will be a wonderful quilt for the principal! You’ve made some great fabric choices, too.

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    Everything looks just perfect together. Love the setting also. It’s so fun to get excited about a new project.


    I love those fabrics and they will make such an awesome QOV for a special person. The backing fabric is great too. And so wonderful that you already have a quilting plan. I’m sure your principal will love it.

  10. I sense an uptick in enthusiasm! Such a perfect project, perfectly timed, too. A needed pick-you-up during these times.
    The fabrics appear to have golden stars and streaks. I like that added subtle sparkle. And the backing! Leave it to you guys to find something so perfect! (Again with that word)
    Such a magnanimous gesture of appreciation for a collegue- but then that’s just the kind of gals you are!

  11. That’s going to be a great quilt, Roseanne! I liked the block, but then made into those stars, it becomes amazing! Your principal is going to love it.

  12. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    What a thoughtful gift Roseanne! I know he will treasure it in his retirement! Don’t you just love EQ8?! And these fabrics are perfect for it! Looking forward to seeing your finish!

  13. Great project, Roseanne and nice to have made the quilting decision upfront. Look forward to seeing more of this.

  14. This is so good – the reason for the quilt, the design, everything. You will enjoy working on this one, I’m sure!

  15. Laura says:

    Love this project, Roseanne! 🙂

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