Memorial Day – Veteran Puzzle Star Quilt – In Honor of Those Who Fought for Us

Memorial Day. We think of as having a day off,  and great sales, and too easily forgotten are those that gave their lives for us.

And I don’t want to forget, which is why I make these quilts.


This is how I work when doing scrap type quilting — I decide on a pattern (or not), pull the fabrics, start cutting, piecing, playing and then often go in another direction. Not efficient, but until I know the direction I’m going in (temporarily), I putter and play and create, and then do it all over again, until I get so far into it, then I start puttering and playing and creating again.

With this quilt I thought I knew what direction I would be taking. I had the pattern and fabrics and even a completed block from a long time ago. Don’t ask me how or what happened other than I wasn’t paying attention but my second block just didn’t measure up to the first one. Literally.

Blocks in different sizes

I also realized that I didn’t want to go scrappy so I picked out specific fabrics.

Star Puzzle Fabrics

But not enough. At least of this specific fabric. I ended up with 7 blocks. Not 6 or 8 or 9 – all of which would have been perfectly acceptable. No, just 7. Sigh. So this is the layout I chose.

Planning

Here it is finished.

Veteran Star Puzzle

Here is a close-up of the quilting. I loved having the white space to play.

Puzzle Star

This is the quilt I used for my binding tutorial series starting here.

It is 29″ x 35″ and will go to our local We Honor Veteran’s hospice facility.

Living free and thankful for those that make it possible, on the journey, Jackie