Four Patch Stars

One of the things I like best is getting emails and photos from individuals or groups that have used one of the instructions sheets to make donation quilts. Linda wrote me:

Hi Mary, back on Feb 6th, I posted on your pattern page that our church group was using your “Four Patch Stars” as our QOV pattern for the year.
A lot has happened since then, but we just dedicated and shipped 9 of your pattern quilts to Germany, a USO and a field hospital.
And during the month of July we were asked to hang our quilts at the “Old State Capitol” in Springfield, Il. Quite an honor and humbling to see them in those hallowed halls.

Thank you so much for this great pattern, it made beautiful quilts!
Linda Parkinson
United in Faith Church Quilters’ Group
Pana, IL

Here are 4 of the photos she sent. I love how all the quilts turned out.

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You can find the instructions for the Four Patch Stars on my website.

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Failure!

OK, it will have to be Plan B for this little HeartStrings top. I keep shredding my thread as I try to quilt these swirls … I’ve changed needles, slowed down, sped up … Whenever I get near the seams, the thread frays and breaks.

So I’ll pick out the two blocks I’ve quilted and throw the walking foot on and do some straight line quilting.

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Don’t expect to see any progress on this one for a week or more. I’m traveling Saturday and there are lots of stitches to pick out before I can start over.

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On my needles

It doesn’t look like much yet but I’ve started my Spearmint Tea Shawl ( look back a few posts to see the shawl photo and link).

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Progress

I finished the blocks for the 4 Patch on the Diagonal quilt and layered and pin basted a small HeartStrings top for quilting. I think I’ll quilt this one before assembling the blocks into a top.

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The extra strips will go into the string bin!

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Options

I’m really enjoying piecing my 4 Patch on the Diagonal quilt and I have just a couple more blocks to make. I love the bright colors I’m using but it also looks good scrappy and eventually I’ll make that version also. There are instructions on the website at the link above.

I was thinking today that a RWB version would work too … In this case, I’ve rotated the 4 patches so the lights create a secondary chain (Jackie did that on her version which is also on the website at the link above.) This quilt would be 60×72 as pictured below but you could add more blocks or a border if you wanted.

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A change in plans

I decided that this shawl suited the more subtle color shifts of my yarn than the Dangling Conversation shawl — I still plan to do that one but tonight I cast on Spearmint Tea in shades of pink/red.

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Off my needles

The Garter Rib blanket is done and cast off. It will need blocking but not now – I’ll put that off for some other time! I can’t believe this took me 2 months to knit!

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On the plus side

There are things I don’t like about the apartment here but there are some positives too. I didn’t plan to sew today but I’ve found that one level living is very conducive to stealing away for 15-30 minutes and sewing a block or two. I’ve even been leaving the next block laid out and ready to go in case I have a few minutes.

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Drafting a quilt

I’ve said before that I find a lot of ideas for quilts on eBay. Tonight this antique quilt caught my eye.

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I looked a little closer to see the block construction.

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I drafted a block and set 4 of them together in my TouchDraw app

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I’d piece this as a 12 inch finished block (12.5 with seam allowances)
(1) 4.5 inch square
(4) 4.5 inch half square triangles
(8) 2.5 x 4.5 inch flying geese

I’d use my Eleanor Burns flying geese ruler to make 4 geese at a time. It’s my favorite method for making flying geese.

I’m not sure when or if I’ll ever piece this quilt but if I do, I’ll have my ideas all in one place with this blog post.

(FYI – this is what I do at night when I can’t sleep!)

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Quick Strippies

A lot of you ask me where I get the fabrics for my Quick Strippie quilts. Whenever I’m in a quilt shop, I check out the kid’s and the clearance sections. While I always prefer to buy fabric at a discount, I don’t mind buying a really cute one at full price for my Strippies since it just takes a yard of the focus fabric. Most of the time I pull the other two fabrics from my stash.

If I’m looking for a specific theme – like this quilt for my niece’s daughter – then I like to shop at Fabric.com. They have a lot of novelty fabrics and you can search by category (Novelty) or by keyword (Ladybug).

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