Army Quilt Made for my Son

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Where do I start? The embroidery for this quilt was done about a year ago and was one of the last things I embroidered on my machine before it stopped working.  I purchased it through Embroidery LibraryI really like their website and have many of their designs.  I wasn’t sure what I would use it in but my son was in Army R.O.T.C. so figured I would make something with it.

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I was at Hobby Lobby  a few months ago and found the star fabric and army fabric.  I bought several yards of each as I wasn’t sure what design I would use.  I kept looking for a quilt design and couldn’t really find anything I liked.  When I saw this quilt on 24 Blocks, on Facebook,  I was immediately inspired.  The pattern is called “Under the Stars” and is from this website.

I know you are not supposed to mix “good” quilting fabric with lesser quality but knew I would find the additional fabric I needed at my local quilting store.  I purchased 3 1/2 yards of the cream and 2 1/2 of the gold.

Once the fabric was washed and ironed the fun began.  I have fibromyalgia so I had to work little by little every day.  What a process it was. 

My measurements are different from the original pattern.  I am not a great quilter and even though I have a 1/4 foot nothing seemed to come out straight so I trimmed my strips  down to 1 1/2″ after each color was added. These are the pieces I cut to begin:

  • 34 – 6″ squares of the army fabric
  • 72 – 8 1/2″ x 2″ strips of red star fabric
  • 72 – 2″ squares of of red star fabric
  • 64 – 8 1/2″ x 2″ strips of blue star fabric
  • 64 – 2″ squares of blue star fabric
  • 136 – 6″ x 2″ strips of cream star fabric
  • 82 – 10 1/2″ x 2″ strips of cream star fabric
  • 320 – 2″ squares of gold fabric
  • 9 – 2 1/2″ strips of red star fabric for the binding

I used 90″ wide muslin for the back and purchased 3 1/2 yards.

It took just about 800 pins when I pinned this quilt together and I pinned it on two large folding tables that I put together out on in my garage.  The weather was way to hot here in Florida to do that and I think I lost 5 lbs while pinning.

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I quilted this with a stitch in the ditch.  I did this with free motion quilting and used a free motion foot.  I used cream thread but probably should have used a variegated thread because when I made a mistake it really stands out the front.

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I learned a lot about my own walk with God while making this quilt.  Here are the most important ones:

  • I have to persevere no matter what each day brings. And if I do I will see progress and growth in my walk with Him. 
  • No matter how messy my life looks it can be “fixed” and in the end my life will tell a story with every imperfection and mistake.

My son graduated last May and will heading for officer training in less than a week.  I am happy that I got the quilt finished as it will be cold where he is going.

I have enough of the army and star fabric to make an additional quilt but will be making a different pattern next time and will make it more of a lap quilt size!

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6 Responses to Army Quilt Made for my Son

  1. What a beautiful keepsake. Your son will be able to look at it and think of home, whereever he is.

  2. joann says:

    Thank you for sharing what you learned about your walk with God while making your quilt. Today I needed to read that. It was a well timed encouragement.

  3. Linda says:

    Beautiful, BUT…. hold it for him till he is married and has his own home, it will get stolen in boot camp and school.

    • Thanks. He is not going to boot camp but officer training school. He will have his own place to stay so won’t have to worry about someone stealing. Whenever I make something I am hoping it will be well used.

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