I'm just waiting for the more cautious/less experienced volunteers among us to state whether they're comfortable with this block or would prefer something more complex (many possibilities) or less complex (modified Rail Fence?). And for others to join, as well, now that we seem to be gaining some momentum?
IF the group decides on one of these block designs, I would suggest that the center square be different from the four corner squares. Many injured vets have visual difficulties, either from direct ocular injury or trauma to visual centers in the brain, and having four pieces of the same fabric together in the center (after the Presto Change-O cut) will be overwhelming and/or confusing for them.
There is also (by the way) no requirement that we use red/white/blue as the color scheme. My local contact, who has personally distributed quilts several times at the VA hospital approx. 60 miles from my house, says that her experience turns out to be the same as the experience of other distributors across the nation: just over half of the vets choose red/white/blue (maybe 55%?), another third or just over (35%?) choose "other" color schemes, and the balance (10 to 15%?) prefer "gentle" color schemes or even floral patterns, given that approx. 10 to 15% are injured women vets.
Not that ONLY women pick florals, but it would take an exceptional man to choose a floral quilt *for himself* while other men are watching...IMHO. And, of course, women are free to pick red/white/blue etc. for themselves; we're not all fond of calico prints.
I have been given reds, whites, blues, and mixes thereof; tans, antique blue (kind of like French or slate blue); blues and reds so dark they're almost black; trout-fishing prints, deer prints, general hunting prints. I've also received a few food prints, abstracts, etc. I may even have the "waving flags" fabric in the four boxes of donated fabric downstairs.
I may have time tomorrow to look through the boxes and see whether I can match any of your samples. Certainly I will by Friday. Perhaps we can develop some timelines so that we're not in conflict with folks' gardening activities? I can make blocks any time of day until I get a job (yeah, next year in Jerusalem...at least, that's what it feels like right about now), so the gardening "high season" doesn't affect my sewing schedule RIGHT NOW. But for those folks who still have jobs, asking them to choose between quilting and gardening in June July August...well, let's just say that I wouldn't give good odds on the quilting winning out!!
Thank you for making these sample blocks and "running 'em up the flagpole." ha ha ha small tiny
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