I started a quilt in November 2021 and did not like the secondary block that went with the starts. I deconstructed the blocks I had made and chose instead an Irish chain block to alternate with the stars. It finished at 60x60--so a nice throw. I'm either pretty late for Christmas 2021 or pretty early for Christmas 2022. Either way, I'm happy to have it off my sewing table.
This is a Fons & Porter QOV pattern in the September/October 2019 issue of Love of Quilting. It's called Americana Pinwheels. Was a challenging pattern for me. Quilt finished at 64 x 76. Presented to an Air Force Veteran on Friday. Background fabric is Marcus Fabrics "Concrete" by Timeworn Toolbox Designs. The rest were scraps and pieces from my stash. I used a wide backing, My favorite longarmer quilted Loops & Stars
This is a 35" x 35" wall hanging. I made this for a woman who lost 2 sons in their 40's to heart disease, and they were both Veterans. Across the top I put the Name (which I've blocked out for privacy) and the branch of service emblem for each son. Across the bottom, the words Honor Remember Cherish Love. I wanted the elements to be subtle and incorporated into the quilt, and have a patriotic feel. The piecing was a little tricky, so I quilted each block instead of an all-over quilting. I did it with rulers on a Babylock Tiara.
Usually I am too OCD about mystery quilts, need to see it and decide if I like it enough to even work on it, and color placement…oh, that’s a killer isn’t it! But decided last year to give this one a try; so I picked my colors and a friend posted them for Roxanne to weigh in. (I don’t use Facebook, not a recent choice. A since the beginning when teachers were told don’t do it choice). I got each week’s clues from my friend and waited until the end. Which I was very happy I did. Because I had two of my colors reversed and the stars never would have shown up. Then it sat all sandwiched and ready to quilt while I tried to come up with a way to quilt all that busyness of the piecing. I never could, so it is just what I call my nickel sized meander. Something I tell myself as I’m quilting…I do a pinky toe nail size, (tiny), dime sized, (small), nickel sized, (medium), and quarter sized, (large) meanders - where those items can be placed in the swoops and loops so it stays consistent. Enough of my goofiness. I backed it with flannel and will put it on my chair as my iris blooming time of year throw.