Thank You for Your Service

FreedomThis week the United States celebrate Independence Day, our neighbors celebrate Canada Day, and the Island Batik Ambassadors celebrate the release of the Freedom collection with a Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.

I’ve designed this 56″ x 72″ lap quilt using the AccuQuilt 8″ Qube die set. AccuQuilt is a sponsor of the Island Batik Ambassadors program for 2019.

Fabric for the “Service Star” quilt was provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, and thread by Aurifil.

Thank you to my BQB (Best Quilting Buddy) Annette Freeland for sewing the top for me while I was off teaching a class at Chatcolab in Idaho!

These are the fabrics we used in “Service Star”:

That white space in the upper right corner of the mosaic is actually a photo of a solid white batik.

I won’t list the yardages here, or go into detail on the construction of the quilt. That’s all included in the pattern. Here are the highlights, though:


The pattern uses six of the eight dies in the Qube – the 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares, 2.5″ half square triangles, 4.5″ quarter square triangles, 3.25 on-point square, and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle.

There are also 1.5″, 2.5″ and 4.5″ wide strips. Happily, AccuQuilt makes strip dies in those widths.

The three star blocks are made with a square-in-a-square, flying geese,  and an “L” unit, made with two squares and a rectangle.

QOV 2019-Strip Points

The only part of this quilt that couldn’t be pre-cut with the Accuquilt is the 4.5″ triangles that make the points on the red stripsets. I did this (Well, Annette did it, but I told her to) with the stitch and flip method.



QOV 2019-Exploded Quilt


The quilt is constructed in vertical rows.

Once it’s quilted, I’ll bind “Service Star” in the same navy blue batik we used in the star blocks.

If you use the pattern to make your own Service Star quilt, I’d love to see a photo. You can email me at

Click IB- 2019 QOV to download the PDF pattern.


Check out these blogs for more Quilts of Valor, featuring Island Batiks:

July 1
Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney
Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine

Categories: 12" TQ Blocks, AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Quilts | 15 Comments

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15 thoughts on “Thank You for Your Service

  1. Service Star is a fabulous quilt! So pleased for Jen and the ambassadors that were able to participate – but mostly for the recipients of these quilts.


  2. I love this design! Those red stripes definitely call to mind the ribbons that medals hang on. What veteran wouldn’t be honored to receive a quilt like this? Thank you so much for generously sharing the pattern 🙂


  3. Robert Nelms

    Beautiful fabric and quilt, thanks for sharing!


  4. Wow – lovely pattern – very modern looking!


  5. annalutzbrown

    Very very nice tyty for sharing this idea with us…love the colors…


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  7. What a great design. I can’t wait to see the finish. The pattern is perfect for the Freedom collection.


  8. Joan

    Beautiful design. I’m thinking a narrower version would be great for hanging on a door for our patriotic holidays too!


  9. dezertsuz

    I love the name you picked for this gorgeous quilt!


  10. dezertsuz

    No need to publish this comment, but thank you for the pattern. That’s one I can use again and again for American Heroes, even though I don’t have a Qube.


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  12. What a wonderful pattern!


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  14. I love your design! What a wonderful quilt!


  15. Beautiful pattern. Can’t wait to see it done with the fabric and with the quilting. There is lots of good vertical space for some good free motion quilting.

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