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:
Half-Square Triangle Units
The units are sewn together to form two different blocks for this quilt:
The traditional block called Jacob’s Ladder…………
……..and the traditional block called 54-40 or Fight!
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.
All the blocks and setting triangles are arranged on a large table to get everything in the right order and ready for sewing together.
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….
and the setting triangles. Isn’t the blue thread lovely on the black?
The machine quilting really shows up nicely in the sunlight. The is the wrong side of the quilt……….
…….and this is the right side of the quilt.
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………
……..and from the right side. The binding is sewn down by hand.
This is a view of the whole, finished quilt which I call “Battle Stars.” I hope my recipient likes it.