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Flying Stars

Salute Betsy Ross and Martha Washington with a pariotic, flag-inspired quilt. The quilt is made with 50 two-color Martha Washington Star blocks.

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Assemble Quilt Center

1.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out large triangle-squares and Martha Washington Star blocks in rows. 

2.    Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. 

3.    Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 56-1⁄2 ×64-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

 

Assemble and Add Borders

1.    Cut assorted red print 2-1⁄2 ×30" strips into lengths varying from 16" to 30". Using diagonal seams and referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, piece red print strips to make:

•    2—2-1⁄2 ×68-1⁄2" inner border strips

•    2—2-1⁄2 ×56-1⁄2" inner border strips

 

2.    Sew short inner border strips to short edges of quilt center. Add long inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border. 

 

3.    Cut tan print 1-1⁄2 ×42" strips into lengths varying from 18" to 28". Using diagonal seams, piece tan print strips to make:

•    2—1-1⁄2 ×70-1⁄2" middle border strips

•    2—1-1⁄2 ×60-1⁄2" middle border strips

 

4.    Sew short middle border strips to short edges of quilt center. Add long middle border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border. 

 

5.    Cut and piece blue dot print 3-1⁄2 ×42" strips to make:

•    2—3-1⁄2 ×76-1⁄2" outer border strips

•    2—3-1⁄2 ×62-1⁄2" outer border strips

 

6.    Sew short outer border strips to short edges of quilt center. Add long outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border. 

 

 

Finish Quilt

1.    Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2.    Quilt as desired. Jerry machine-quilted looping tendrils in the blocks, diagonal rows of feathers with looping tendrils in the large triangle-squares, and a feather design in the borders.

3.    Bind with blue dot binding strips. 

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