John (JR) Garland is a treasured friend since 2005, former neighbor, published author & Vietnam veteran.
May 20, 2019: Been hoping to make this quilt for awhile. Made the mistake of stopping in at the local quilt shop just to say hello. Got me thinking deeper about fabrics. Contrast to make the flag (not the borders) "wave" is the key. Jun 13: Settled on some fabrics. Wanted more contrast but this will work. Ordered Andover Stars Navy Fabric. I will piece or paper piece the stars if I can perfect it. Jun 17: The navy fabric is here so I am all set to piece when I get/make the time. Working on my star. Found a paper pieced star pattern I like. Jul 19: Pre-washed all the fabrics except red charms (5" squares). Jul 23: Asked Joan if she would be interested in doing the paper piecing. She just might. Turns out I pieced the stars Aug 01: When I offered John a quilt, he chose 15 Stars over the others I am planning: Disappearing Pinwheel, & Glory. Nov 11: Veterans Day. Been working on stars since Saturday trying to get the right dimensions. Ain't easy as the slightest change makes a huge difference. Looks like I may have enough fabric for a second quilt. Nov 13: After 5 long days & many samples, I finally have a star that I think will work nicely. Now I understand why the author of this quilt design used wonky stars but I got stubborn and want something more like the real flag. Where is Betsy Ross when you need her? My star isn't perfect but it is visually close. Nov 16: Have 16 stars cut ready to sew. Helping a friend a couple of days this week. Nov 17: Sewing one set of 16 stars together. Nov 21: Have one set of stars ready for the quilt. Nov 27: Red charms (5" squares) are ready for the quilt. Just leaves HSTs (half square triangles) & borders...then can assemble. Nov 28: Working on HSTs. Process: 2 strips 4" wide. Sew together along long sides, both sides. Use HST strip ruler to cut 5" sq HSTs along the seams alternating sides. 10 squares per strip. 4 strips per quilt. 33 blocks - 15 A blocks & 18 B blocks. All blocks are ready now to assemble. Nov 29: Working on A & B blocks. Nov 30: A & B blocks are done ready to square & then assemble into the quilt. Whew. Jan 19, 2020: Resuming work to join the blocks. Jan 20: The blocks are joined into rows. Jan 23: Joining rows into quilt center. Done. Only borders left to do. Jan 28: Started adding inner white border. Feb 03: White border is on. Cut the red & blue borders and blue backing. Need to pre-wash the blue fabric. Feb 20: All the borders are on & the quilt top is finished. Feb 21: Sampled the Modern Eccentric quilting design & love it! So does John. Mar 22: Made the backing & loaded it. Mar 23: Finished loading. Quilting. Mar 25: Quilted. Mar 26: Made & attached binding by machine. Started the hand work of stitching the binding to the back. Mar 31, 2020: Finished.