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QOV Block Drive 2023

Last Saturday was National QOV Sewing Day so I participated by making the Split Back Star for their Block Drive.

QOV Block Drive 2023

You can sew along with me and see how this block comes together with the replay of my First Saturday Live Stream:

Time for Trimming

The two essential tools I used while making this block are the Bloc-Loc and Add-A-Quarter rulers. I use Bloc-Loc any time I square up half-square triangles. Quilt blocks come together so much easier when they are trimmed to exact sizes! The Add-A-Quarter ruler helped trim the star points, which come together like flying geese.

Ask at your local quilt shop or purchase these tools online with my affiliate link at the Fat Quarter Shop –

add a quarter ruler                   Add – A – Quarter Ruler

Bloc-Loc ruler





Bloc-Loc Ruler




Layout Options

I will be sending these four blocks to the QOV Foundation to put into a full quilt. First, I had fun auditioning different layouts. There are so many options when you have a split block! Try some stripes, squares, or triangles. The volunteers for the QOV Block Drive this year willcertainly enjoy putting them together.

split block stripe layout
Split Block – Stripe Layout


Split Block - Square layout
Split Block – Square layout


Split Block - Triangle layout
Split Block – Triangle layout

For even more designs, check out this blog post where I played with log cabin blocks, or this video where I made split 9-patch blocks.

Quilts of Valor

Most quilters in the United States are familiar with the QOV Foundation. If you’d like more information, be sure to visit their website and find your state coordinator. You will see a link to the Split Back Star pattern, which was designed by Kim DiJoseph for the 2023 Block Drive. You can also find a variety of other free patterns and details on making quilts and presenting them to our deserving veterans.

Have you made a Quilt of Valor or do you support a different quilting charity? Let me know in the comments!

I am happy to be linking up with Denise of For the Love of Geese and her weekly Put Your Foot Down linky party.




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