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Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine Patch Star for this community quilt.  For the first sew day, I had cut fabrics for several hours the day before so we could hit the ground running. For this patriotic version, the center unit has a star print for the center, surrounded by blue scraps.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then the flying geese units were done in scrappy reds.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We pressed those seams open to reduce bulk, and make it easy to see the point for sewing the next seam.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

After the previous sew day, we had all the nine patch units made, all the flying geese units made, and all the squares cut.  On this day, we needed to finish assembly of the 20 blocks, add sashing and cornerstones, and complete the center section of the quilt top. Here we are set up for day two of sewing.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

The units were all completed, and then the blocks assembled.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Time out for lunch!  We did a Mexican theme pot luck lunch, with a Christmas Tablescape. The salad courses were lined up on the counter, my guacamole was in the center.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We had a tossed salad full of crunchy lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cranberries, bacon, olives, onions and hard boiled eggs.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We scooped up the Seven Layer salad, yummy refried beans, avocado, olives, cheese, onions, salsa and sour cream to eat with chips.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Then we moved to the stove for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada casserole in a slow cooker.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Taco soup was in another pot, made with ground beef and corn with lots of spice that was so thick it was more like chili.  We ladled it into our bowls, filled up plates, and sat at the dining table for a leisurely lunch with lots of chat time. This was my plate.  I’ll show you the tablescape on Wednesday.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

They laughed at me as I took a picture of another full plate.  Seconds were encouraged, and taken advantage of!

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Stuffed too full for dessert right away, we went back to the basement for more sewing. We cut sashing strips, 2-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Cornerstones of the same star print were placed between the sashings.  The top was constructed in two big pieces.  When we had all 20 blocks made, we put sashings on two sides of each block.  The blocks were sewn into rows, and two large sections were done.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time for dessert, Chocolate on Chocolate. It was a happy thing that the Christmas sprinkles were also the colors of the Mexican flag, after all, there is a lot of chocolate in Mexican cooking. Chocolate chunk brownies, frosted with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles left everyone with a sweet taste.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Every dessert looks yummy on a Christmas plate, right?

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Back to sewing, the final assembly meant joining the two large pieces, then adding the last two edges of sashings, and the center of the top is done.  We counted it up, and so far with 10 quilters working in five different machines over two days plus the cutting time, we have 70 quilter-hours in this quilt so far.  Cutting, marking, pressing, sewing, and ripping out some bad seams here and there really adds up.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

At this point it is still not large enough for Quilts of Valor, right now it is 59 x 72 inches. So I will add a scrappy border made during the first sew day, along with a solid red border on the outside edge to bring it over the minimum size of 60 x 80.  I’ll show you those steps soon, when I get to them. I don’t expect to finish this quilt before Christmas, there is too much going on this month.  The block pattern is the same as the Christmas Quilt Along from yesterday.  I’ll have a pdf for you with both sizes later in the quilt along.  I just got three new pantographs for quilting too and I cannot wait to try them out!

What do you think of our Sew Day and Pot Luck?  Do you think you might try this with some of your sewing friends?

 

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Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars.  I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread?  As it turned out, it did fine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The red thread looks great on the navy.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

It lets the stars shine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice.  One more close view of the stitching and piecing.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon!  It won’t be long now until I can show you.  I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph.  See the red star print?  It was the perfect choice.  Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games.  It was fun to do this classic and vintage design.  The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.

Classic and Vintage at From My Carolina Home

More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days.  A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon.  On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner.  It will finish in just three weeks.  Then, on December 1st,  Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.

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Quilt of Valor Four Patch

Moving to the next Quilt of Valor, this one was a four patch design, alternating with printed large squares, and a red border. It had a masculine look to it, so I decided to use a pantograph called Tiger Swirl on it. The points have a flame-like feel, meant to be like a tiger’s stripes, with curved lines.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Folding it up to check the borders, there was a little bit extra but not too bad. You can see how the outer edge of the red angles just a bit downward at the edge compared to the joining seam on the inner edge of the border.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I steamed it after loading, and the top edge was looking pretty good.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

First pass looking good, the pantograph seems like a good fit.  You can see the curved lines ending in points here, it does kind of look like a tiger’s stripes.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I forgot to get a picture of my thread audition, but you can see I decided on a light ecru color thread. It gave the darker block areas a bit of punch as those were solid colors.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

It disappears over the busy print with the ecru background.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

And then I messed up again. I didn’t pay close enough attention when I advanced the quilt, and overlapped the stitching a bit on the next pass.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I noticed the little extra in the borders made some wrinkles in the fabric when quilting. This isn’t too bad and hopefully will be camouflaged after it is washed and draws up a bit. You can see the overlapped pass here too.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Ugh. I cannot believe I did that.  I thought about this for quite a while, ripping it out would take me a long time, literally hours, and this was a charity quilt.  I was doing the quilting for free. If someone was paying for the quilting, I would have just started in fixing it without a second thought. Ultimately, I decided to leave it.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

The backing is predominately white, so the thread color did well for that print. You can see the backing print on the roller here as I got to the bottom edge.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Two of the blocks had handwritten messages with signatures. Hopefully, that is what you notice looking at the quilt, not my quilting mistake.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Overall, I hope it looks nice.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

So the question of the day, would you have ripped out this mistake on a charity quilt?  Or did I make a reasonable decision to leave it?

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