On Friday my husband and I attended a retirement ceremony for his friend and colleague, Ch. Starnes. At such ceremonies, the retiree is presented an award for service, a commander’s coin, and a folded American flag. To add a personal touch, I decided to make a gift for Mrs. Starnes.
Have you seen the “Star Bright” quilt made with 5″ charm squares offered at craftsy.com? Click here, join craftsy if you are not already a member, and scroll down to the free pattern. “Star Bright” was my inspiration for the quilt for my friend. Instead of using 5″ charm squares, my charming quilt uses one-of-a-kind 2″ squares.
For the star center I found a 3 1/2″ square printed panel of the Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” I cut out eight navy 3 1/2″ squares and eight gold 2″ squares for “sew-on-the-diagonal and flip” triangles. After making the star points, assembling the squares as a Nine Patch was easy! Snapping a picture of the first border of 2″ squares visually reminded me of their placement. I used my 15″ square ruler as a tray to transport the fabric pieces to my sewing table.
I added two more borders of squares on the right side and at the bottom of the quilt. Having a box of 2″ squares already cut from scraps sped the project along.
Adding two more rows to the bottom of the quilt finished the asymmetrical arrangement. The wall quilt measures 15 1/2″ x 18 1/2.”
For quilting, I selected a gold thread to echo quilt 1/8″ inside the star points and to diagonally cross-hatch the squares. I meandered with navy thread in the background of the star.
After sewing single fold navy binding to the front of the quilt, I attached a hemmed hanging sleeve to the back at the top. The raw edge of the sleeve is flush with the raw edge of the trimmed quilt; the hemmed edge is toward the center of the quilt. I machine stitched the raw edge through all layers; the stitching was covered when I hand stitched the binding to the back of the quilt. I hand stitched the hemmed edge of the sleeve and cut a dowel the width of the quilt. To hang the quilt, my friend can pound two small nails into the wall and suspend the dowel on the nails.
Congratulations, Chaplain and Mrs. Starnes! May your retirement years be delightful!