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A few days ago I posted photos of my Patriotic Star quilt block and I have had several requests for the instructions on how to make this block. I have written out the instructions for both the Patriotic Star quilt block and the instructions on how to make the table runner.

You can view and save these instructions as a pdf file by clicking on the highlighted text Patriotic-Stars-Pattern

I have also put together a photo tutorial on how to construct this block. Note: These instructions are photo intensive and I have the photos at a small size so more can fit on the screen. Click on any photo for a larger view.

Fabrics

1 Fat Quarter or equivalent of the fabrics listed below will make 1 Patriotic Star block, plus a few more!

Blue Star fabric, Red Star fabric, Red and White striped fabric, OR solid red and solid white fabric to make your own striped fabric.
Background fabric – 1 Fat Quarter or equivalent

Refer to the PDF file (see above) for the cutting dimensions.

The piecing instructions for the Star Points are written (and illustrated below) so that you don’t have to use any special piecing rulers.

NOTE: For a great red / white wavy striped fabric, I recommend visiting the Quilted Dragon  website.  (www.quilteddragon.com) She is a quilting friend and has great fabric Click on the link to go directly to the fabric  Red & White Striped Fabric 

Tools

If you would prefer use special piecing rulers to make the elongated triangles that are used in the Patriotic Star Block, I recommend the following:

Peaky & Spike Templates by Marti Michelle
http://www.FromMarti.com

Tri-Recs Tool from EZ Quilting

These template sets should be available at your local quilt shop.


Star Center – Pieced Strips

Take the 1 inch x 2-1/2 inch pieces of the Solid Red and Solid White fabrics and stitch them together along the long edges. Press to one side.

 

 

 


Take the 1 inch x 4-1/2 inch pieces of the Solid Red and Solid White fabrics and stitch them together along the long edges. Press to one side.

 

 


Take the 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch piece of the Blue Star fabric and the two (sewn) striped pieces and place them EXACTLY as shown.

Stitch these pieces together like a 4-Patch and press as desired.

 

 


The completed Star Center block is shown. This piece should measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches square, including seam allowances.

Make 1 Star Center for each block you are making.

 

 

 


Star Center – Striped Fabric

If you are using Red and White striped fabric, place the pieces a shown in the photo at the far left. Stitch together like a 4-Patch to form the Star Center. Press as desired.  This piece should measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches square, including seam allowances.

Make 1 Star Center for each block you are making.

 


Star Points – Using Templates/Rulers

If you are using piecing templates/rulers, follow the directions to make the following 4-1/2 inch square Star Point blocks.

For EACH Patriotic Star Block you will need the following –

1 – Star Point with Blue fabric on the left and Red fabric on the right. (See upper left)

1 – Star Point with Red fabric on the left and Blue fabric on the right. (See upper right)

2 – Star Points with Red fabric on the left and Red fabric on the right. (See bottom left and right)

If you are NOT using piecing templates/rulers, go to the next section.

 


Star Points – without rulers

On a padded surface, WRONG sides up, pin OPPOSITE corners of 2 – 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch Star Point fabric EXACTLY as shown in the photo.

Note: – I like to use a padded and gridded ironing pad or a folded terry towel on top of my ironing board. Yes, I know that my ironing mat is a little (??) grubby. I use it quite a lot with my piecing!

Start with the Red Star fabric to make the Star Points.

 


Take the “flaps” that were to the inside, and fold them out as shown at the right. Make sure that the fold that is being created is along a long straight line. The RIGHT side of the fabric is on the top.

Press to make a crease line along the fold line. You now have right and left leaning long triangle pieces.

Your Star Points should look EXACTLY like the photos at the left.

 


Remove the pins and re-position the (new) long triangles as shown at the right.

DO NOT TRIM YET!!

 

 


Take a light 4-1/2 inch fabric square and position ONE Star Point as show at the right. Make sure that the lower (straight) corner of the triangle matches the same corner of the background square.

 

 

 


Carefully open the Star Point and place a pin or two on the “under flap” of fabric.

Instead of pins, use fabric glue stick or similar product to hold in place

Stitch just inside of the fold line.

 


Fold the Star Point back into position and make sure it is lined up properly. When satisfied with the placement of the triangle, trim the excess under flap and background fabric to 1/4 inch from the seam.

If desired, press the diagonal seam OPEN!

The “open” seam make quilting MUCH easier!

 


Place the remaining Star Point on the 4-1/2 inch background square exactly as shown in the photo. Make sure that the lower (straight) corner of the triangle matches the same corner of the background square.

 

 

 


Carefully open the Star Point and place a pin or two on the “under flap” of fabric.

Instead of pins, use fabric glue stick or similar product to hold in place

Stitch just inside of the fold line.

 

 


Fold the Star Point back into position and make sure it is lined up properly. When satisfied with the placement of the triangle, trim the excess under flap and background fabric to 1/4 inch from the seam.

If desired, press the diagonal seam OPEN!

 

 


The Red Star fabric Star Point Unit is now completed! When finished, the Star Point Unit should measure 4-1/2 inches square, which includes seam allowances.

Make a total of 2 Red Star fabric Star Point Units for each block.

 

 


Then make –

1 – Star Point with Blue fabric on the left and Red fabric on the right.

1 – Star Point with Red fabric on the left and Blue fabric on the right.

 

 


Putting the Patriotic Star Block Together

Place the Star Center, the 4-1/2 inch square Background Corner pieces and the Star Points EXACTLY as shown in the photo to form the Patriotic Star Block.

Stitch the block together and press as desired.

 

 


The completed Patriotic Star Block should measure 12-1/2 inches square, including seam allowances.

Here are two blocks, the one at the left has the pieced stripes in the Star Center and the block on the right has the striped (printed) fabric in the Star Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I hope you enjoy making the Patriotic Star Quilt Block and use it in your projects.

Here is the link to the PDF file for the Patriotic Star Table Runner Patriotic-Stars-Pattern  which includes the instructions on how to piece the Star Points without templates or special rulers.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

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I have two quilts to show to you today. A Log Cabin Quilt and a Sampler Quilt and both of them are gorgeous!

Log Cabin Quilt

This Log Cabin Quilt, 82 x 101 inches,  was pieced by Chris W and she does an amazing job with her piecing! The colors are very calming and look great together.

Here is a full-ish view of the quilt

I quilted my curved feathers in the light fabrics and wavy lines in the darker fabric. I LOVE the texture that these quilting designs make when used togehter.  Make sure you click on the photo for a larger, more detailed view.

Here is a closer view of the quilting in the body of the quilt. I have quilted several Log Cabin quilts this way and I have details of the quilting in a blog post from a few years ago which you can read by Clicking Here

The batting is Soft & Bright poly batting from The Warm Company and the thread is a combination of Signature 100% cotton thread and Madeira high sheen poly thread.

In the border, which was wide (I love wide borders) I quilted my Feathered Baptist Fan pattern. The “half” feathered wreath is the middle of the border and the other feathered wreaths “meet” at the middle wreath. (I quilted the Feathered Baptist Fan border using the Longarm University Feather Guides. For info about them Click Here) Sounding like a broken record, I LOVE the texture in this border design! The first inner border has a “football feather” design.

Sampler Quilt

This quilt was pieced by Trish S and she did a wonderful piecing job and I love how all the different fabrics work togehter! This is a GREAT quilt.

When quilting a Sampler Quilt, I like to quilt something different in each block, depending on how the block is pieced. In this quilt I used a LOT of different thread colors and matched the thread color to the fabric color.

This Sampler Quilt is huge at 91 x 108 inches. There is a LOT of quilting in this quilt, but it was worth it!

Here is an almost full view of the quilt. I have it hanging outside on my clothesline – Click on any photo for a larger view

Here is some more of the quilt

I quilted a partial “football feather” in the outer border, continuous curves and spikes in the 9 patch and another football feather in the inner border.

Here is the corner of the outer border

The batting is Warm & Natural cotton batting. Here are some of the individual blocks and I hope you can see the quilting in them.

Please click on the photos to see the detail in the quilting.

Both of these quilts were FUN to work on. When I have great quilts to work with, the quilting is (almost) easy!

 

 

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Yesterday, January 1, 2016, was the Snowflake Serenade Mystery Quilting Event on the Longarm Classroom website. Now that the quilting has been revealed to the class members, I can reveal the quilting to you!

This is the quilt we started with  ( I love quilts with lots of “open” spaces!)

Click on any photo for a larger view.

Snowflake Serenade

Snowflake Serenade

During the course of the class, marked registration lines – a LOT of them – on the quilt top. When I do marking like this, on my own quilts or quilts that I can wash with warm water and detergent after quilting, I use fine point, Crayola Washable Markers.

This photo shows the completed quilt with the black, orange and green Crayola Washable Marker markings on it.

Note: The background fabric of this quilt is a white solid cotton fabric. In the photos below it looks like a light blue fabric.

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Here is a close up of the quilting and the markers. I sprayed some water onto the markings to show that the marker may “melt” but it doesn’t disappear until the quilt is washed.

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I know, it looks like a royal mess! But don’t worry, the marker WILL come out!

Here is the quilt, trimmed, bound and washed. What a difference!

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ALL the marker is GONE!!! Here are some more photos of the completed (and washed) class project.

FYI – ALL the quilting is done FREE HAND! A ruler was used to mark the registration lines, but all the lines of the quilting are free hand. Even the snowflake quilting design is done free hand!

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And here is a view of part of the back of the quilt. You can REALLY see the quilting.

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The Snowflake Serenade Quilt Class is still open and you can join in the fun! For class details Click Here. 

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I have been working on a couple of HUGE quilts lately and I finally have some time to post photos!

The first quilt is 106 x 106 inches and it is gorgeous!! It is the Labyrinth Quilt pattern by Debbie Maddy. My customer did a great job with the piecing.

Click on any photos for a closer view.

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The photos don’t do justice to the color of the fabrics. In real live the colors are more vibrant.

I quilted the “fabric” and didn’t put any other pattern on it.

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There were small circles or dots on the light teal fabric and I quilted pebbles on this fabric! It was slow going because the pebbles were fairly small and dense.  (click on the photo and expand the view to see the pebbles.)

Here is what a section of the pebbles looks like from the back.

Small pebbles

It has been a long time since I quilted pebbles like that, and it may be a while before I do them again! But they do look wonderful on this quilt!

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Here is a closer view of the center of the quilt.

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And here is a view of the back of the center of the quilt. The backing fabric is actually a very rich dark chocolate brown.

The other quilt I have been working on is a Star Sampler quilt. This customer started making the star blocks and then built the quilt around the blocks. She had no specific quilt pattern when she started the piecing. This quilt is 94 x 116 inches!

I have the quilt hanging on my clothesline to take the photos, but I still couldn’t get the whole quilt photographed!

Click on any photo for a larger view.

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I love the large borders and I quilted feathers in the outer border, but you can’t see them.

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In the green border I quilted a 4 inch Double Cable and then feathers (some of which you can see) in the inner borders.

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I kept the quilting fairly simple in the blocks. I also hope you can see the feathers in the light background behind the block.

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Here is a small portion of the back of the quilt. Here you can see the quilting in the large outer border and the cables.

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One more photo of the blocks and hopefully you can see the feather work in the light background areas.

I had WAY too much fun working on both of these quilts and both my customers were THRILLED with the quilting!

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It is crunch time for Christmas gifts! If you are in a panic on what to give a friend or family member, think about a Table Runner. They are quick to piece, easy to quilt, they look great and people will think you are amazing!

(If my Sister and Sister-in-Law are reading, go no further!)

For a FREE Table Runner Pattern click on the highlighted text.

Table-Runner-Pattern

This table runner will take about an hour to piece and measures about 23 x 62 inches. Then allow about two more hours to finish with the quilting and binding.

To quilt this table runner, put it on your quilting machine lengthwise and quilt away! You could put a pantograph pattern on it or do some simple free hand quilting. Even an all over stipple would look good.

For a FREE video mini class on how to quilt the Ribbon Stipple pattern Click Here 

I chose to put free hand feathers on my table runners. It literally took longer to put the table runner on the machine than it did to quilt it.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

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This table runner I am giving to my sister, Sharon. It has Warm & White batting and it is quilted with free hand  “straight edge” feathers with gold, high sheen polyester thread.

Here is a photo of the back

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The backing fabric is a deep red, almost burgundy, which doesn’t show up well in the photo. I hope you can see the stitching.

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This is the table runner I am giving to my sister-in-law. I has the Warm & White batting, gold high sheen polyester thread and is quilted with all over free hand feathers and swirls.

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The back is the same deep red / burgundy fabric and you may be able to see the texture a bit better in this photo.

These table runners are made with Christmas fabrics, but imagine them with summer or fall themed fabric! Too cute!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

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Oh my gosh! It is September already! This summer has FLOWN by! I have been busy and I finally have some time to add to my blog.

I have been working hard all summer – I was gone for nearly a month traveling on the East Coast and the Midwest, teaching longarm quilting classes and also visiting with family. Then, when I returned home, it took me nearly four weeks to catch up with all the work and “stuff” that piled up while I was gone! Finally, I think I can breathe now, and add photos to my blog.

I just finished working on quilts pieced by Martha D, who is 91 years young! She does wonderful work and I have enjoyed quilting for her. She dropped off three quilts, which she machine embroidered.

The first quilt is embroidered Cardinals with some of the nicest Cardinal fabric I have seen in a long time.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

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The quilt is 53 x 44 inches. It is wider because it was made to go across the back of a couch.

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Here is a closer view of the embroidery and the quilting. I quilted Feather Plumes in the cornerstones and the “solid” red blocks.

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She even pieced blocks for the back. This was way too much fun to quilt!

The next quilt Martha did was this Americana Quilt with embroidered eagles.

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This quilt is 47 x 72 and is a traditional block pattern I used a combination of “Fireworks” , continuous curves, feathers in the sashings and echo quilting around the eagles.

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Here is a closer look at the piecing and embroidery. The back is a busy print and you can’t see any of the quilting.

The last quilt Martha brought was this beautiful Purple Roses embroidered quit. Again, I had way too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The quilt is 51 x 51 inches. I quilted my free hand feathers and swirls with silver, high sheen polyester thread in the background. I LOVE the texture – expand the photo to see the detail.

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Here is a closer view. And look at the quilting behind the roses in the light blocks. I used white, high sheen poly thread for the quilting in these blocks.

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A lot of the time people will just stipple behind an applique. This time, I used feathers as the background quilting! The photo is a little dark – I turned off the overhead lights and did not use a flash. The texture of the quilting shows up better this way.

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Here is a photo of one more of the embroidered blocks. I love the way this looks!

I used Soft & Bright batting on all these quilts and cotton threads on the first two quilts.

I hope Martha continues quilting, because I want to continue to work with her in the future!

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I have been working on a lot of things lately, but my most recent project is my new Daffodils in Bloom quilt! This quilt is soooo cute. If you are feeling like Spring will NEVER arrive, you can create your own Spring with pieced Daffodils hanging on your wall or on your bed!

Click on any photo for a larger view

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This is the single blossom wall quilt, which is about 23 x 28 inches. The piecing is easy and the quilting, all free hand, is also easy. This would make a quick project for a spring gift.

And yes, I have an online class for this pattern. For complete details about this class  Click Here 

You can view this class online, purchase a DVD or purchase the piecing pattern only. For all the class details and pricing information Click Here 

Here is a 4 Daffodil Banner or Table Runner, finished size about 29 x 59 inches.

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I know that some of you may be looking at the piecing and saying “I hate making those long triangles.” You don’t have to say that anymore! I have found a quick and easy way to make these long triangles by folding and pressing them. There is NO special cutting equipment needed.

Here is a video on how this fold and press technique works

 

 

And here is one more photo. This is a 15 Daffodil Quilt, about twin size-ish at 68 x72 inches. This quilt has not been quilted yet, but it will be soon – and of course I’ll post photos!

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Bring Spring into your “space” with a (relatively) easy quilt!

Think Spring!!! Think DAFFODILS!!!

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