I started these Crossed Stars on January 1 as a project for Quilts of Valor. Many quilters were participating in a New Year’s Day Sit-n-Sew. I got a few blocks done then continued the project throughout the year. I used each fabric three times…as the star, the background and as the cross. It was a fun pattern, originally shared with the Block Lotto by Sophie Wood.
I made 42 blocks and then added the one inch yellow sashing. I needed another border to make it a decent size for Quilts of Valor. Their minimum is 55 by 65, but I prefer something around 60 by 70. This one ended up at 65 by 75. I quilted it with a pantograph called Square Spiral. It is a little bit tricky to get perfectly straight lines! Isn’t wonderful how well those not-so-straight lines show up in tan thread on a red background?!? Yikes! Oh well, the texture is wonderful and it gets that nice crinkly look after a spin in the washing machine.
I need to make a pillowcase then ship this out! You can get more information about this great organization at the Quilts of Valor Foundation website.
I have a new project in mind for the 2014 New Year’s Day Sit-n-Sew…again thanks to Sophie and the Block Lotto, but I will share that tomorrow 😉 Enjoy the celebrations tonight!