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Patriotic Stars Quilt

 

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The Fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays. There are so many firework displays around us so every night over the long weekend, my husband and I pack a cooler and a quilt and set off to watch! Tyler actually asked me out on the 4th of July under the fireworks!

This quilt uses nine of the American Flag star blocks that I made in the previous blog post – that can be found here.

Fabric Requirements – 72″ square quilt

  • 9 red fat quarters
  • 3 blue fat quarters
  • 4 yards white
  • 1.75 yards solid navy blue
  • 2/3 yards binding
  • 4.5 yards backing

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You will create 9 of the American Flag star blocks using the red and blue fat quarters with the white background. In the previous star block tutorial, I wanted a scrappy look so I mixed up the red flying geese star points in each block. For the quilt, I wanted a more cohesive look so I chose to keep the red flying geese consistent within each block. The American Flag centers are made using scraps from the red and blue fat quarters.

 

Cutting for Quilt Sashing

Solid Navy Blue

  • 24 – 2″ strips width of fabric (WOF)
    -Subcut these into 48 – 18.5″ x 2″ strips
  • 4 – 2″ strips
    -These will be used for the 9-patch cornerstones so keep these whole

White

  • 12 – 2″ strips WOF
    -Subcut these into 24 – 18.5″ x 2″ strips
  • 5 – 2″ strips
    -These will be used for the 9-patch cornerstones so keep these whole

 

Piecing Sashing Sets

  • Sew a white 2″ x 18.5″ piece between two blue 2″ x 18.5″ pieces to make a blue-white-blue strip set
  • Press seams open
  • Repeat to make 24 sashing sets measuring 5″ x 18.5″

 

Piecing 9-Patch Cornerstones

  • Using the 2″ WOF blue and white strips pieces cut previously, you will sew together a blue-white-blue section, as well as two of the white-blue-white sections.
  • These three sets will each measure 5″ x WOF
  • Press seams open
  • Cut 2″ sections off
  • Cut 16 from the blue-white-blue section
  • Cut 32 from the white-blue-white sections
  • Sew 16, 9-patch blocks
  • Blocks measure 5″ square

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Assembly of Quilt

(I did this very late one night so no good pictures of this part – sorry!)

  • Arrange the nine star blocks into a 3 x 3 pattern
  • Working in rows, sew sashing between the three blocks in a row, as well as on the ends
  • Sew the sashing and cornerstone rows as follows: Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone
  • Sew four of the sashing and cornerstone rows
  • Assemble quilt top!

A note on backing choice – I went with a darker color fabric because I knew this quilt was going to be an outside quilt (dirt and stains expected!) and would be washed frequently.

 

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The quilt will measure 72″ square. Quilt as desired, I decided on a free motion stars and swirls design. Cut 8 – 2.5″ strips for your binding.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt to share my love for all things red, white and blue! You now have 364 days until the next Fourth of July to make your own!

-Sara

 

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Patriotic Stars Pillow Cover Tutorial

 

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I love making big quilts! I think I like working on big quilts because I have a serious fabric addiction so the more fabric I get to handle, the better! I also like to intermix small projects into my weekly sewing to get that sense of accomplishment in completing something in a few hours start to finish.

Pillow covers are my absolute favorite thing to make because they take up little space when not being used and the cover can be changed seasonally to spruce up up any room. They are also a great scrap buster project!

Patriotic Star Block

Finished Block Size 18″

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American Flag Center
Blue – 2.75″ square
Red Stripes – (2) 1.25″ x 2.75″ and (1) 1.25″ x 5″
White Stripes – (1) 1.25″ x 2.75″ and (2) 1.25 x 5″

Middle Blue Star Points
Blue – (8) 2.75″ squares
White – (4) 2.75″ x 5″ and (4) 2.75″ squares

Red Outer Star Points
*If you choose to do scrappy star points like I did (4 different red colors), you will need 2 – 5″ squares per red fabric*
Red – (8) 5″ squares total
White – (4) 5″ x 9.5″ and (4) 5″ square

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Making the American Flag Center Block

  • Sew the shorter (2 red and 1 white) 1.25″ x 2.75 strips together

  • Sew the longer (1 red and 2 white) 2.75″ x 5″ strips together

  • Press all seams open

  • Attach the shorter section to the blue 2.75″ square

  • Attach the longer section to the bottom

  • The block should measure 5″

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Making the Red and Blue Star Points (Flying Geese Blocks)

  • Draw a line on the back of all the blue 2.75″ and red 5″ squares

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  • Lay a blue square on top of the white 2.75″ x 5″ rectangle. Stitch on the line, trim 1/4″ away from the line and press. Repeat the process for the red squares by laying a red 5″ square on top of the white 5″ x 9.5″ rectangle

  • Sew the second half of the block by placing the blue 2.75″ on top of the white rectangle, sewing on the marked line, trim and press. Repeat the process for the red 5″ squares.

  • Repeat the process until you have 4 blue units measuring 2.75″ x 5″ and 4 red units measuring 5″ x 9.5″

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When sewing the flying geese block, I always start at the marked line that is in the center of the block and stitch outwards to the edge. If you start sewing from the edge, sometimes the fabric will get bunched up under the needleplate and not give an accurate angle

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Constructing the Block

  • Start by taking two of the blue flying geese blocks made previously and sewing a 2.75″ square to both sides of the flying geese units

  • Repeat the process for two of the red flying geese blocks by taking a 5″ white square and sewing it to the end of the blocks.

  • Sew a blue flying geese unit to both sides of the American Flag block

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  • Sew the blue flying geese units with added white squares to the ends to the top and bottom of the block

  • Block will measure 9.5″ square

  • Sew the red flying geese units to the sides of the block

  • Finish by sewing the red flying geese units that the white square was added to the ends, to the top and bottom of the block

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  • Block will measure 18.5″ square

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You can finish this block to make it a pillow cover using a zipper or envelope backing enclosure.  I have already started a quilt using this block with a fun sashing technique that I hope to share with you very soon!

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I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial! There are a lot more to come 🙂 Happy Monday to all and have a great week!

-Sara