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Martha’s Valor

This is my latest finish… a queen size quilt dedicated to the sacrifices of our service men, women, and families.  I will award this quilt to a veteran in the Kansas City area.

This quilt was inspired by a photo of a quilt in Fons and Porter’s magazine called “In Honor Of”.  Though I changed the pattern, it is too similar for me to provide an altered pattern here.  I worked on this quilt over a period of about 4 months.

Basic construction consists of on-point half square triangles and sawtooth stars with a pinwheel variation.

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The sawtooth star with the pinwheel in the center is sometimes referred to as the “Martha Washington Star”.

It was fun to read a little on Marth’s history, but there was not much information on how the quilt block received it’s name.  Rumor has it that she incorporated pinwheels into one of her quilts…  but then so did others! IMG_0492

The blue triangles are quilted with eagles.
The stripes are quilted with ribbons and stars.
The stars and background are quilted with various medallions and fillers.  (See below.)

These digitized quilting patterns were all provided for free by the designers.  Thanks!
These designs were especially helpful.
http://www.designsbyvickie.com

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Curve It Up – Block 2 Sawtooth Star

I finished Block 2, Sawtooth Star, in the Curve It Up pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Assembly of the sawtooth star was very traditional.  If I wanted to complete a whole quilt of this design, I would definitely change the cutting and assembly of the half square triangles and center checkerboard block.  Half square triangles can be assemblIMG_6462ed two  – four at a time, and the checkerboard would be easier to work in strips.

The QCR (Quick Curve Ruler) allowed me to cut gentle concave and convex curves for the curved half square triangle blocks.  Notice how the pattern had me cut the tips of the triangle off?  IMG_6459

This allowed me to align the curved slot to a corner on the fabric.

Just like block 1, the fabric for the curved pieces is oversized so that it can be squared up after sewing.

The curves on these blocks do not lie as flat as I IMG_6464would like after pressing.  If I clipped the curve, they would, but I wanted to leave the edge alone.

I “resorted” to a new product I had been meaning to try, Terial Magic by Terial Arts.  This product is meant to replace stabilizers and fusible for quilters and embroiderers.  It also can help keep fraying in check.  Best of all, it is water soluble and can be washed out.  I can’t wait to try it for cutting appliqué items using my Silhouette Cameo!  IMG_6482

When used by itself per manufacturer directions, It makes fabric VERY stiff and paper- like.  However, I diluted the solution 1:1 with tap water in a small, fine mist spray bottle.  I gently sprayed the back seam, and then pressed it.  This made my seam lie perfectly flat, and gave the blocks a slightly firmer hand. As an added bonus, my blocks will not stretch out of shape now when handled!

Good news: I sprayed this over my fabric and let some of it get on my new ironing board cover.  After I was finished, I damp wiped the surface of the cover, and there was no indication of staining or residues!  I’ve ironed on the board since, and there is no scorching or discoloration which you tend to see over time with other starch sprays.

I’ve sent an email request to the manufacturer for the SDS.  I am interested to compare it to starch.  Bonus, my regular starch is in an aerosol can and this is not!

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