Stars and Stripes Forever
Designed by Ricky Tims
Made by Cyndi McChesney
Many moons ago when I was just starting to quilt, I joined a block exchange group at my local guild in St. Louis. When it was my turn to share a pattern, I designed my own pieced star block—but there was a twist. The points of the stars were in the adjoining blocks. At the time, I loved big prints o I gave the guidelines to use large prints, yellow in certain patches, and red in certain patches. I provided the blue and lavender fabrics. That quilt is shown at the bottom of the article. The quilt top was set aside and during my move to Colorado, the quilt was essentially lost in boxes that never got unpacked.
I was invited to create a quilt for Quilted in Honor and decided that this star quilt pattern would be a great option. However, there was only one problem...I didn't have that pattern...nor could I find the original quilt to use to redraft the pattern. So I had to work from scratch and do my best to redraw the block from memory. Stars and Stripes shown here is that revised version. It is created in America patriotic colors. The patten, however, was designed to be versatile and not just patriotic. To see an alternative color way, you will need to solve the jigsaw puzzle.
What happened to the quilt top?
It was discovered and I realized that it never got a border. Fortunately, there were still leftover fabrics in the bag with the quilt top so I was able to create a border for it.
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TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE
Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!