Quilts of Valor – Battle Stars

I just finished up a new quilt for the Quilts of Valor foundation. The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL those service- members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). I started the quilt in a workshop with a well known quilt designer, teacher and author, Bonnie K. Hunter, who designed this quilt. Bonnie named the quilt “Cathedral Stars” and here is a link to her pattern.

Quilts are basically arrangements of units and then blocks into a whole design. The units for this quilt are:

Four Patch Units
Four Patch Units
Half Square Triangle Units

Half-Square Triangle Units

Blue Star Units Under Construction

Star Units

The units are sewn together to form two different blocks for this quilt:

Jacob's Ladder Block

The traditional block called Jacob’s Ladder…………

54-40 or Fight Block

……..and the traditional block called 54-40 or Fight!

Setting Triangles in Place

When all the blocks are complete, the setting triangle are cut. In this case I chose black fabric to really set off the block colors.

Laying Out All the Blocks and Setting Triangles

All the blocks and setting triangles are arranged on a large table to get everything in the right order and ready for sewing together.

54-40 or Fight Block

Once all the blocks and triangles and border fabrics are sewn together, I machine quilt a pattern all over a layer of fabric backing, batting and the sewn top. Here you see how the 54-40 or Fight block looks after quilting….

Jacob's Ladder Block
…..and the Jacob’s Ladder block……..

View of Machine Quilting

and the setting triangles. Isn’t the blue thread lovely on the black?

Good View of Machine Quilitng in the Sunlight from the Wrong Side

The machine quilting really shows up nicely in the sunlight. The is the wrong side of the quilt……….

Good View of Machine Quilting in the Sunlight

…….and this is the right side of the quilt.

IBinding from the Wrong Side

The next step is to make and sew on the binding of the quilt. I chose a nice red binding to complement the rest of the design. This is a view of the binding from the wrong side………
Binding from Right Side
……..and from the right side. The binding is sewn down by hand.

Full View of Finished Quilt

This is a view of the whole, finished quilt which I call “Battle Stars.” I hope my recipient likes it.

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6 Responses to Quilts of Valor – Battle Stars

  1. Caroll D says:

    I love your quilt. I’ve often admired the pattern but have been afraid to try all that piecing. Your quilt is beautiful and I love the way you have quilted it. I’m sure your recipient will be thrilled.

  2. Laura says:

    This a beautiful quilt…I am sure whomever receives it will love it. Bonnie designs such wonderful quilts and I’m sure she would be very proud of the quilt you made. You did a GREAT job! Thank you for being so generous to donate this lovely quilt.

  3. quiltfever says:

    Very, very nice. No doubt the recipient will love it.

  4. Misty says:

    Wow what a beautiful quilt and for a great cause. I thought it looked like one of Bonnie’s designs. Well done!

  5. Lillian says:

    Congratulations on, another, work of art! It takes more than just following a pattern to create something this special. A very beautiful way to show your appreciation and respect. LP

  6. Nancy says:

    Another AWESOME quilt…your work is beautiful.
    Nancy

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