Thursday, February 25, 2021

Four Star Salute

It's my day to share in the fun of the Show Your Stripes blog hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. And when I think of stripes, the color scheme of red, white and blue immediately comes to mind. 

Does it also matter that it's one of my favorite color schemes? And that the Fourth of July is at the top of my list for favorite holidays? When someone mentions stripes, anything patriotic just goes hand in hand. So without further ado, I give you a Four Star Salute.

red and white stripes with white stars on a blue background

How about that name? I owe it all to hubby! Without me even asking for help as I often do, he immediately came up with Four Star Salute upon seeing my finish. Thanks hubby, for a great name! I'm thrilled to add this runner to my patriotic collection!

Here's a pic of the full runner, which measures in at approximately 13" x 51", a very nice table size. 

red white and blue tablerunner

Pair it with a patriotic themed floral display for a lovely way to salute the USA this summer.

red white and blue table runner

What do you think of the quilting in the stars? 
closeup of line quilting in a friendship star

It's a motif from Amanda Murphy's book, Free Motion Quilting Idea Book (affiliate link), found on page 87, under Friendship Star. Looks great here, right?

And did I mention how easy the Four Star Salute runner is to put together? With only three fabrics, I had it together in a day, making it perfect for a beginner quilter, or those wanting a quick patriotic project.  

Oh I hope those wide 135 degree binding angles don't scare you off! I put together a short video, Binding Wide Angle Corners, on how to master those - it's easier than you think.

Though the Show Your Stripes hop is on it's last day, I want to keep the fun going, which means that the Four Star Salute table runner pattern will be available at special pricing through March 7. Grab your copy now to have the runner completed in time to give a four star salute to everyone this Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

Be sure to visit today's list of quilters for more stripes projects and become inspired! 

Please visit Carol at Creatin' In the Sticks for the full list of participating quilters -thanks again, Carol, for hosting another fabulous hop!

Happy Quilting!


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Midweek Makers 268

Welcome to another week of sharing with Midweek Makers! I'm putting the finishing touches on my project for the Show Your Stripes hop, going on now and hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks.

red and white stripes surrounded by blue

As you can see, I'm using one of my favorite color schemes - red, white, and blue. The hop started Monday, Feb 22, and finishes up tomorrow, which is when I'll show more. If you're just finding this hop, check out Carla's list of all the fabulous quilters participating - see you tomorrow.

multi colored stripes badge

Did you see these creations from last week's Midweek Makers?

From Grace and Peace Quilting, this miniature Linkety Split quilt,

from Terry Aske Art Quilts, her appropriately named Touchy-Feely quilt piece,

and from MMM Quilts, this very creative Wake Up-Makeup mat.

Now it's your turn - what do you have to share?

  • please link directly to your post not your homepage
  • please link a quilt related item
  • visit with the others and leave some comment love
Have fun!

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin - Log Cabin

Welcome back for round 6 of Quilting Gail's Stay at Home Round Robin. This week is my block choice, log cabin.

round robin quilt with 6 rounds

I bet your looking at this round and wondering, huh? I'll admit, even though this round features my block choice, this is probably my least favorite round, for several reasons.

While I like the green, turns out I ran out of not only the green plaid but my favorite cream dot print used in the piano key round. That left me with a dozen log cabin blocks to play with. Sure, I could have made more with different fabrics, but that leads to the next problem.

What I discovered, at least for my quilt, log cabin blocks do not make the best choice for a border. I hope that my round robin quilt friends have found a way around this, though I know one asked about skipping a row. And I don't blame her if she chose this row to skip!

So, with a lack of fabric and a poor block choice, this is what happens. An odd border. The best I could come up with was using 8 log cabin blocks in the top and bottom borders, in sets of two. A group of two in each corner,

log cabin quilt blocks in a quilt border corner

and two in the border centers.

log cabin quilt blocks

Okay, that solves for the log cabin problem. Fortunately, I had just enough of the large green plaid to put pieces in the center on the sides.

green side quilt border

To solve the remaining green fabric problem, I found a close-in-value green in the stash, just enough to fill in the blanks.

round robin quilt

Overall, it looks ok, almost like lightening bolts coming from those stars. But I think I'll put this border in the 'fail' category.

Hopefully, my other round robin quilt friends were more successful with this round - be sure to check out what they did. And link up your round robin creation below!

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