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 Library. I 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.
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.
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.
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!