Stars and Diamonds

A good friend of mine finished getting her teaching degree and license, so I decided I had better make her a quilt. She had commented on liking this while it was a WIP, so I thought it must belong to her.

By the time I finished the quilt, she had taught for her first year, too. I think many of us know how that goes in quilting. I ended up giving it to her on her birthday, because it was the closest occasion to when I finished.

This quilt is based on one I saw on Pinterest from Pat Speth, but I made the blocks enormous to simplify, and I emphasized the negative space diamonds a bit more with the border.

Another fun fact in the history of this quilt is that many of the blocks came from a red white and blue block exchange we did at my quilt guild several years ago. I was so happy to finally finish this UFO.

Quick Easy Project, Paired with a Long, Arduous, Hard Project

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What is this, you might ask? Let’s zoom out about eight months: Patriotic Quilt

Back in February I went to some political breakfast with my dad, where he saw a quilt very similar to this one. Tired of purchasing endless raffle tickets and never getting his own quilt, he asked me to make him one. So I did! I have made 37 quilts, and this is the first queen sized one I have made.  I will admit, there were some boring parts, but I have a great sense of accomplishment now that it is done.
Detail Tag
Instead of the traditional tag on the back, I tagged it along the bottom in free motion quilting. It says, “Over 750 pieces of love for my dad,” because he used to write me letters when I was far away, and instead of newsy gossip I wanted to hear, he would write, “I have this many cows, this many businesses, etc. blah blah blah.” So I wrote an approximation of how many pieces went into this top.
Detail back
I rented a long-arm machine at Let’s Quilt, in St. George, and chose a stars and swirls pantograph. It was pretty challenging, so don’t look too closely for neat, precise stars.
Detail block
Close-up, you can see how it is really just a bunch of flying geese sewn together and set en pointe.
Oval hot pads
After I finished, I wanted something quick and easy to throw together, so I made these hot pads. They are probably my favorite hot pads I have ever made. Thank you, bias binding!
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