Flag of Valor
Just One Star
Minick and Simpson
Several years ago (gulp 2010) Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson challenged quilters to make "just one star" for Flags of Valor to donate to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I downloaded the instructions and my alligator ambitions had every intention of making stars. My canary capabilities knew better. Making those six inch stars turned into a very time consuming tedious task for me. Give or take I made about twenty-five stars and set the project aside.
Several blogs and quilt guild's challenged quilters to pull out their oldest WIP/PhD's project and complete them in 2015. Thinking this was a good idea, I pulled out my stars and started working on them. If thinking about a project counted as working on a project, the stars would have been completed long ago. Once I actually started sewing stars, I quickly realized why I had abandoned the project--days, weeks, months and (gulp) years have gone into making the stars.
Sixty six inch stars later, I had made enough stars for a quilt 64"wide by 76" long. Whew! When I started sewing them together one stars points got completely lost and this involved some reverse stitching and the making of a new star. While adding the sashing, I found another star, isn't this just the way it always goes. There was some more reverse sewing when one row of the stars and sashing didn't match. There are many Amish stars in this quilt.
Tomorrow when my aching back has had a good nights sleep, I will dig into the stash and find backing fabric, I think I have some Civil War Gettysburg fabric which will work.
Just One Star (Quilt of Valor) and finishing my oldest WIP/Phd for 2015 challenge has been met.