Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broken Soldier - Improv QAL Finish

As the prompts came in from Patty at Elm Street Quilts, each piece of fabric came together with a common theme. I kept seeing the Grand Ol' Flag, battles America has fought and reminisced of those that rally around our troops. I've made attempts at coming up with a name for the Improv quilt and  "The Broken Warrior" kept coming back to mind.


Many soldiers come home with mental health issues and symptoms of stress (PTSD) after a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. Some have been broken physically with injuries sustained in combat. Some didn't come home.

Many will face and overcome challenges; showing our support will aide in their healing. I wanted to title the quilt as such in honor of soldiers; honor them because of who they were, who they are and who they will become.

There are many wonderful programs to support American Troops, You can find some below and many others in your own community.

                                                              Wounded Warrior Project
                                                                    Soldier Ride
                                                            Disabled American Veterans
                                                    Operation Jackon County Veterans

Such programs are dear to my life. I have a long line of Veterans in my family. Consider taking time to do something for the Veterans in your life. If you have another program you wish to add to the list, please provide it in the comments section.

You can catch up with the fun prompts at Elm Street Quilts, there is still time to get in the excitement and a chance at prizes!
The progress check-in linkup runs continually through Instagram and at Elm Street Quilts QAL Facebook Group
Add your quilt top (quilted or not) to the linkup, from April 11 through April 30.
And Patty will host a finish play parade will be on May 3; see more information here.)


  1. I am intrigued by the improv prompts and may do a little challenge later this year. Always fun to push our boundaries in quilting.

    1. I enjoyed it but am more apt to find a pattern, this one was fun though.

  2. Beautiful quilt and I can definitely see the relation to the name you gave the quilt. Mental and physical health are so important and thanks for highlighting care and concern for many who do so much for us all.

  3. You did an awesome job on this improv quilt.

  4. Beautiful quilt. I admire your generosity to Veterans' charities. Meaningful and heartfelt quilt.

  5. wonderful take on the prompts congratulations!

  6. Wonderful quilt! Love the story. So perfect for July and my special link up on Wait Loss Wednesday. Are you going to donate it? It would be so meaningful to so many.