I’ve been sitting on this one for a bit because it was a surprise. In fact, many of the quilts I’ve been working on have been presents, so I couldn’t post about what I’ve been up to. Hence another factor in the radio silence from me. This one was presented tonight, so I am free to write about it. I am so happy to be present when they’re gifted because that usually isn’t the case.
This quilt features the Riley Blake Modern Scouting line. The center is an Eagle Scout themed panel, and the fabric in the border is all from that line as well. I did add a burgundy sashing outside the panel as well as around the border to help tone down all of the busy fabric and badges included. I went with a navy backing to tie it all together. I’m a fan of darker backings, sashing, and borders as I feel like they help maintain some form of control and order with the other fabrics.
This one had about 75 badges I had to include, ranging in size from 1.5″ to 8″ across. They also ranged from Boy Scout badges all the way to the newest Eagle Scout badge. I used invisible thread to sew the badges down. It went a bit quicker than I thought it would, to be honest. I pinned them all in place one afternoon while a friend was over, and then I sewed them all down later that week.
The Eagle Scout received this right at the end of his ceremony. My little Tiger Scout and I went to see it, and I loved hearing all the stories and seeing how much this young man had accomplished. I am hoping my son picked up some inspiration along the way, but I’m thinking he was pretty focused on food the last 1/3 of the time.
I truly enjoyed both the ceremony and the project. It was a nice change of pace from the t-shirt quilts, and my kids and I loved looking at the different badges as I worked with them. I didn’t learn until the ceremony that this was a mere fraction of the badges he possessed. I could have looked through them all afternoon; they were so neat!