This 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Click IB- 2019 QOV to download the PDF pattern.
Check out these blogs for more Quilts of Valor, featuring Island Batiks:
Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney
Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine