Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

Patriotic Finish



This quilt seemed to take a long time to finish, but I think it was mainly because I had to wait for some background fabric to arrive in the middle of assembling the top.  It was also tricky to lay out.  At one point I sewed a couple of blocks in wrong and had to fix them, so I asked the Twilters to look at it before I sandwiched it, just to be sure.  Sometimes you’re just too close to a project.

IMG_2223pdI found this design at Sew Excited Quilts when Jackie was working with her strings.  She worked out all of these great layouts, and when I saw the one with the stars, I knew it was what I wanted for this Quilt of Valor.  I calculate that my quilt  56″ x 81″) has 1120 pieces of fabric in it!  This has, finally, made a bit of a dent in my strings.

IMG_2225pMy stash has reached the point where I no longer have large backing pieces in every color, so I purchased this backing fabric on sale from Fabric Shack.  I look the water color-like print!

IMG_2224pI used white Bottom Line to stitch in the ditch and for all the stippling.  I used a heavy Coats and Clark variegated thread for the stars and the hearts.  I have mixed feelings about the way the stars turned out on the white areas.  I really like tone-on-tone quilting, where the shadows do the work, but I also like pretty thread.  These do add interest.  What do you think?


I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

9 thoughts on “Patriotic Finish

  1. Great quilt Valerie, and I love the star quilting! What a special gift to give someone for Quilts of Valor.

  2. I think it’s awesome! The star quilting is perfect!

  3. Beautiful job! I love the star quilting.

  4. This turned out so nice! What a great gift! –Torina from Tubaville

  5. Hello, I am just visiting you via Crazy Mom Quilts your quilt has such impact and the colours against the snow are fantastic. Thanks for sharing,

  6. What a gorgeous quilt! I’m sure that whoever receives it will love and treasure it.

  7. Any veteran will be honored to receive this quilt. The quilting is fantastic.

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