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Patriotic Star Mini Quilt

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I wanted a red,white and blue mini quilt for my quilt stand, so I got out some patriotic colors and prints and had some fun.  I did something really different this time, and I’ll show you step by step.  Here’s what you need –

Four 2-1/2 inch squares each of blue and white,
Four 3-inch squares each of red and white,
Four 2-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch rectangular border pieces of star print.
One square of blue, 4-1/2 inches square

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pair the red and white 3-inch squares and make HSTs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Lay out the block and sew in rows as usual.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, loading it on the longarm, I stitched around the edges to hold it in place.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I had this pattern from Twice Quilted designs, but I don’t like the way you have to use these. The pattern calls for flipping and reversing the page, and it just gets too involved to be practical. Maybe if you are marking and hand quilting, these would work, but for a machine quilted project it is just too convoluted.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

But, I liked the idea of two lines of quilting in different colors. So, I got out my Golden Threads paper and made my own. I started by laying it over the mini quilt to get the size I needed.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I traced some of the motifs, putting them closer together to cover a smaller project.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used two colors of pencil to help keep the paths straight. The fireworks and stars will be quilted in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I started with red thread and the fireworks motifs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did the star motifs in blue.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I noticed that the actual quilting didn’t cover the whole piece evenly, so I added a freehand loop in white thread to finish it off.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are a couple of close up views.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I put the little hangers on the back, two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch.  It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt. (see here), then added the binding in the same star print.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The hand sewing to the back only took one evening.  Hanging on the stand, it was the perfect decoration for the patriotic holidays of summer.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It goes well with the Value Play quilt on the wall.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fireworks and stars, the perfect quilt pattern for a star mini quilt.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Have you ever quilted a project with two or three different colors and motifs?

 

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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8 thoughts on “Patriotic Star Mini Quilt

  1. Love your patriotic quilt. I have used the twice quilted pattern and the Golden Threads tissue paper. I hate peeling off the bits of paper. Do you have any suggestions?

    Crystal in Cedar City

  2. Love the little patriotic mini!! Perfect gift for my DD & DSIL~~ retired Army! Is it 12 1/2″ square finished? Thank you for all the tutorials!

  3. Good Morning Carole! I love your Mini Star Quilt and am going to make sure and write down the instructions and make one, hopefully, today! Your Mini quilt does look fabulous with the wall quilt! I hope that all of your studies and tests are going well for you and the time is getting closer to being over. That has to be a lot of added stress to your busy schedule and work plus home life. I finished the Scrap Dance Tango Quilt top. I hopefully will be posting pictures later today. I put on a border and then gave the quilt top to my father for Father’s Day and he absolutely loved it! We discussed ways that I could finish it for him to keep him tucked in warm on his chair while watching movies this winter. He said he wanted more of the blocks made and then to finish it off with the border print. So he really was very happy with the pattern you designed! So Thank You so very much for taking the time to design it , set it all up , and share the pattern with us! Have a fantastic creative day!

  4. This is sooooo cute. I love it.
    O am going to make something for mom and dad’s apartment door.

  5. I Love the little wall hanging. Thank you for posting the tutorial and fabric we need to make this. Yours is beautiful and I love the quilting you did on it too. I also love the value play quilt. You are so talented Carole and Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your talents with all of us.

  6. What an adorable little quilt! No, I’ve never mixed thread colors and motifs, but it’s such a clever idea. Love the way this turned out, and it looks so pretty hanging on that stand!

  7. This is a lovely mini quilt.

  8. I have a roll of the Golden Threads paper so should endeavour to use it to do more interesting machine quilting. Thanks for the idea. Love your patriotic quilt.

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