My dad's favorite color is blue so those were definitely in. I was doing the happy dance because I had a bunch already sewn from retreat. Because I was making it, I decided it had to have my favorite color which is red.
Red, white and blue. . .Hey, I won some BOM blocks at guild the previous year that were red, white and blue. This is a good combination! Then, I had this thought. . .why not have 80 stars for 80 years? Course, that means that I needed to make twice as many more!
This was a time sensitive quilt and quick, I am definitely NOT! I did work steadily on the piecing for about a month.
These were the blocks that I had won.
I made about 13 more. They were 12 inch blocks so the sawtooth stars made the perfect addition to the design.
Adding a whole row of stars to the top of the quilt was a great to add a dozen stars. But, I was four short. . .How was I going to get to 80?
Take the six inch center out of those nine patch blocks and insert a sawtooth star was the solution!!!
Dad asked to have a few more stars in the quilt. So I pieced a few into the back. During the whole process, I would chat with him and tell him how I was progressing. He really had no idea how long it takes to make a quilt!!
This is the label.
I quilted it on a friend's longarm. I am so thankful that she let me use her machine as I would still be quilting it on my domestic!! As it was, it took me a couple days. . .with her help!! The end of May, I gave it to him in a coordinating pillow case. He loved it!
And it FIT!!! -- There's plenty of room for his white dog to snuggle too!