Our Veterans could never feel as much love with out your blocks in their quilts!! I swear EACH time I tell a Veteran how their quilt was created, and that there is probably 48 people involved in their quilt - they cry.... yep.... you all .... we make grown people cry.
They are tears of healing though, tears of relief, tears that someone.... somebody... still cares, still appreciates, and still recognizes them!!
So!!! What is the block this time????
It's a fun one!!! I learned this technique a million years ago from a very talented Melody Randal. She taught a scrappy class and I swear - the lights went on, and I have never looked back. ( of course my scrap collection is a little larger than I ever would have imagined when I started quilting!)
Are you Ready??? Here are the Blocks:
These are called Wonky Stars - and are SO! MUCH! FUN! To make!!!
And here is how!!
I will show you the blue one
You need 8 - 3 1/2 inch Blue Squares ( It can be the same blue or Scrappy Blues!!)
you need 5 - 3 1/2 inch Light Squares ( again same or scrappy)
Take the 4 Light Squares and slice them on the diagonal
Then I lay the block out like this - because I like to ;-)
Once I get in the production mode, I don't always lay them out.
(it sure is pretty tho!)
Now - you will take 4 of those blue square and create the Star Spikes.
I do lay them out, as it is easier for me to remember!
Lay them out like this -
right sides together
There is NO exact place to put them - you are making sort of wonky spikes
So you want to make sure when you flip it, it will cover the blue,
But still can be crazy
And stitch 1/4 inch seam along the light
Flip it, and add the next spike
Stitch 1/4 inch along that diagonal
And flip it as well
You notice they don't match up particularly well -
but that's okay!
That is what makes the wonky
Press and then Trim to 3 1/2 inches
And then - Ta-da
You place the Spikes in the block like so:
And TA!! DA!!
A Wonky Star Block!!
The block size - when stitched should be:
9 1/2 inches
Now - you can do them in two colorways - but all need to be Patriotic colors ;-)
(tans and golds are acceptable too)
So you can have a Dark with the Light Star ( Above)
Or a Light with a Dark Star
It is a really fun block and they go together very easily.
I am really hoping for another windfall of blocks ;-)
There are some state coordinators who are newer, who also need Quilts for their requests.
So! For every 5 tops that we put together with these blocks
1 will sent off to another State Coordinator with a need
( we all chit chat - so don't worry - we will be able to know where the need is when we are ready)
The Fine Print:
Dates: the block drive will run from Today ( 9/2/15) to Veterans Day ( 11/11/15)
Blocks should be mailed to:
Quilts of Valor Colorado
PO Box 233
Kersey CO 80644
The biggest prize is knowing you will be showing a Veteran the Love
BUT!! I have some awesome sponsors lined up, and I will be telling you about them
in the coming Wednesday Posts
All prizes will be drawn on Veterans Day
unless noted in that particular post
There will also be giveaways! So you will want to check back every
Wednesday to see what the giveaway is.
Giveaway for 9/2/15
A LARGE box of RED White and Blue Fabrics
PERFECT for sewing up into the Wonky Star Blocks !
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So 4 chances to win this really cool box of fabrics
(with maybe a little chocolate thrown in)
Winner will be announced next Wednesday the 9th