“Patriot Stars” Finished!

Following Hurricane Florence, after power was restored, I quilted “Patriot Stars.” I began this quilt as a Leader/Ender project at the prompting of Bonnie Hunter, scrap queen extraordinaire. This block design is the “Jewel Box Stars” Leader/Ender challenge she issued in July. You can read about the beginning of my project by clicking here.

I made nine 16″ blocks which, with sashing and border, make a nice sized lap quilt. Most of the fabrics are leftovers from various patriotic quilts I’ve made with Wilmington Prints strip packs for magazine publication. It feels great to give these vibrant, Americana scraps a place to shine!

For quilting, I used a light blue variegated thread and “Becker’s Shooting Star” pantograph distributed by Urban Elementz.

By clicking on the picture, you can zoom in to see the quilting design. I love the contemporary feel this stitching brings to the quilt.

Practical Life Insight: I blogged about a scrappy Leader/Ender project that I began prior to finishing “Patriot Stars.” I hesitated sharing the new project for fear that you would chastise me for having too many scrappy irons in the fire.

And not one of you, my faithful blog followers, called me on the carpet for beginning a new project before finishing an old one. Not one of you judged me for my enthusiasm on the one hand and procrastination on the other.

This makes me wonder how many of us won’t begin something new or won’t share our excitement for something new because we are afraid of other people’s comments. When the truth is, most people don’t pay that much attention to how many projects are on our to-do list; they are only concerned with their own spread-sheets. The people who love us will applaud our excitement with a new endeavor, and they will encourage us along the way.

Now I’m not advocating abandoning your “old” projects and never completing them, but I am encouraging you to put fear aside and follow your creative instincts. I certainly won’t be the one to judge you!

16 thoughts on ““Patriot Stars” Finished!

  1. Aby, this is so gorgeous! I think it’s so wonderful how you put these leftovers to great use. I have been wanting to try one of Bonnie’s leader/ender projects for so long now. Like you, I feared criticism because I have so many projects that are incomplete. How dare I start a new one? But you’ve given me the inspiration I need to get there. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Thank you, Trinity. A light blue is a little unusual, but in this case, it was the only coordinating fabric that I had enough of for a border. Does it count that I chose navy for the binding?

  2. Wait – what? I thought that was the way it was always done. I have a stack of UFO’s that should keep me busy through this life and most likely into the next one! Great quilt, Aby!

  3. You are not alone, that’s for sure!! I have a bunch of projects in the works. I have been enjoying pulling out things that have been around a while and have no deadlines because I finished a few projects that “needed” to be finished. That’s always fun! Plus, I’m trying to do some reorganization of my sewing room and fabric.

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