Happy Independence Day! Here in the U.S. of A we celebrate our country’s birthday on the 4th of July, waving the Stars and Stripes and proudly displaying our patriotism in red, white, and blue. That patriotic feeling extends to the quilting world in various ways. My charity of choice is the Quilts of Valor Foundation whose mission is “… to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” When I am finishing a QOV, I include stars and stripes in the quilting designs to convey the gratitude I have for the servicemember who will ultimately receive the quilt.
Adding Stars to your quilt
Most of us learned to sketch a simple five pointed star as a child which makes it a great starting point for free motion quilting. Combine the five pointed star with meandering lines and you can finish your patriotic quilt in a jiffy.
Maybe you are feeling SPARKLY! Quilt a straight-line star, similar to an asterisk (*) and branch off any line to move to the next space. Sparklers can be lined up, then offset in a border, or stitched in a more random fashion.
Adding stripes to your quilt is quite fashionable. Straight line quilting can add modern flair to your quilt, especially when you include an unexpected pop of color as LeAnn/shecanquilt does.
If you want your stripes to mimic a flag, just wave~~~ put a gentle curve into your stitching line. Remember to keep the edges straight.
Stars and Stripes
Here is an example of both designs in one image. Start with a classic star and exit to the top right to begin the stripes. Vary the spacing as desired, then travel to a new starting point.
I have several more patriotic quilts waiting for some free motion quilting. These stars and stripes will surely find their way to fabric soon!
Related Post: See how I quilted the Swoon pattern for a QOV.