Several of my friends, all chaplains’ wives, are moving to other Army posts in a few weeks. Those of us remaining at Ft. Bragg wished them a fond farewell at dinner last week. And we gave them a patriotic “Saw Tooth Star” quilt as a memento of their time and ministry here.
These small quilts were fun to make! I selected Americana fabrics, but you could make them from Christmas fabrics, or any color combination to fit your decorating scheme.
They are 11″ square with simple, continuous curve quilting in the star points and center and a small meander in the red print background. I machine sewed the binding to the front of the quilt and attached a ribbon for hanging to the back of the quilt. The ends of the ribbon are concealed in the seam allowance when the binding is turned to the back of the quilt and hand stitched in place.
The next step of the star quilts’ construction is machine embroidery in the background area by my friend Jill: “Ft. Bragg UMT (Unit Ministry Team) Spouse.” Then we will slide a bamboo skewer inside the top binding at a mitered corner. This adds stiffness so the quilt can be hung without bowing in the center.
God Speed, my friends!