Recently several bloggers have been putting the word out about John'aLee's request for star blocks in muted reds, whites, and blues. She is making five quilts for the loved ones of her almost SIL, who was shot in Afghanistan shortly before he was to be married to her daughter. Instead of a wedding they had a funeral. So sad! Make sure the people you love know you love them. Life is tenuous.
I was motivated by Freda's post (The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe) sharing her initial efforts and decided to jump on board. I got fabric pulled Saturday evening and started cutting. I hoped to spend yesterday afternoon and evening sewing them all up, but alas, life interfered. I did get the cutting finished and thought I would just share the blocks in the "design board" stage. I will get a little done on them tonight, but the finish may have to wait now until my monthly "quilt with Mom" event this Thursday.
|This is the Missouri Star block, though I did throw in a|
9-patch in place of the plain center square. Every fabric
in this block is printed with some type of star.
|This is Ohio Star. I used Barbara Brackman's|
directions, but there are easier ways to make this block.
I think the red fabric looks like fireworks.
|I punched up this Sawtooth Star pattern by adding|
the 16-patch to the center of the block. There are tiny
flags in the tan fabric in the 16-patch.
|This is called Barbara Frietchie in Barabara Brackman's|
CW post. By different color placement you could make
this into an "easy Lemoyne Star", right Freda?
|Finally we have a block named Richmond, after the|
Confederacy's capital city. I may play with the
color placement on this one a little more.
These blocks were all made from my "Patriotic Scraps" drawer. I am pleased with how they are coming together. If you'd like to help make star blocks click the link here for the details.
Now I have the urge to make a patriotic quilt. I made one years ago and donated it somewhere. It would be nice to have one in the house when Independence Day rolls around. I guess that urge will just have to wait in line behind all of the other quilting urges.
Until next time, from the little mountain valley where the sagebrush grows,