Memorial-Day-quilt

A Patriotic Quilt for Your Memorial Day Picnic

Hi, it’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com with a picnic quilt project for you. In the United States, Memorial Day is when we remember and honor military personnel who have died in the service of their country. Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer and picnics. This project is a picnic or table topper quilt that you can make very quickly using the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 6″ Block set and the Patriotic Stars Machine Embroidery Set. The fabric choice is easy because any combination of red, white and blue works beautifully.

These are the blocks I chose for this picnic quilt that is made with alternating blocks for a total of 12 embroidered blocks and 13 pieced blocks.

You can see from the photos below that it takes only a small amount of fabric and time to cut the pieces needed for both the embroidery and the pieced blocks.

Make the pieced blocks

The Frayed 4-Patch Block is cut with Shape 2 and Shape 8 of the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 6″ Block. The cutting diagram for the block is shown below.

  • Shape 2: cut 52 squares from blue color 1 fabric
  • Shape 2: cut 52 squares from blue color 2 fabric

To cut these squares, cut strips that are 4-1/2″ x the width of fabric (WOF) and then fanfold 4-6 layers of fabric across the Shape 2 die to cut the squares. Each WOF strip will yield 36 squares so you will need 1-1/2 strips for each color.

  • Shape 8: cut 52 rectangles from background fabric

To cut the rectangles, cut strips that are 4-1/2″ x WOF and then fanfold 4-6 layers of fabric across the Shape 8 die to cut the rectangles. Each WOF strip will yield 20 rectangles, so you will need 3 each 4-1/2″ x WOF strips. Piece the blocks as shown in the diagram.

Make the embroidery blocks

Cut 12 each 4″ stars. Press fusible to the back of the fabric and with the paper still attached, cut the stars. I like to cut a 5″ strip across the width of fabric and also cut the fusible into 5″ strips. The fusible is then fused to the back side of the fabric strip. Once the fabric and fusible are one piece, the strip can be subcut to make 5″ squares. That makes it easy to place the fabric on the die for cutting. The paper is left in place on the fusible until after the stars have been cut. When cutting fabric with fusible and paper attached, cut only 2-3 stars at a time.

The stars are embroidered onto an 8″ block. When the embroidery is complete, center the star and trim the block to a finished 6-1/2″. By using a larger background square, it is easier to center the block perfectly by trimming it to a smaller size rather than trying to center it perfectly in the embroidery hoop. The machine embroidery set has instructions for completing the embroidery. There are 12 different embroidery designs for the 4″ stars, so you may use the designs of your choice.

Assemble the quilt top

To assemble the quilt top, stitch blocks together in rows and then stitch the rows together. Press seams in alternate directions so that the seams nest against the seams of the next row when the rows are stitched together. The diagram below shows the order of stitching.

 

Add Borders to Quilt

When the quilt top has been assembled, it is time to add the borders. The first border (red) is 2″ and the second border (blue) is 3″ finished.

 

Instructions for 2″ Border:

  1. Cut fabric for red borders using the 2-1/2″ AccuQuilt Strip Die (Die # 55014 or 55017). Cut 4 strips 2-1/2″ x WOF. The top is 30″ plus 1/2″ for seam allowances so there will be some fabric left over from each strip.
  2. Measure vertically along both sides and vertically through the middle of the quilt top. The measurement should be 30-1/2″. If it is not, take all three measurements, average them and cut the 2-1/2″ strip the length of the average measurement.
  3. Pin and stitch the vertical borders to the right and left sides of the quilt top, easing as necessary. Press seams toward the border.
  4. Measure horizontally along the top and bottom and the middle of the quilt top. The measurement should be 34-1/2″. If it is not, average the three measurements and cut the 2-1/2″ strip the length of the average measurement.
  5. Pin and stitch the horizontal borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top, easing as necessary. Press seams toward the border.

Instructions for 3″ Border:

  1. Cut fabric for blue borders using the 3-1/2″ AccuQuilt Strip Die (Die # 55032). Cut 4 strips 3-1/2″ x WOF.
  2. Measure vertically along both sides and vertically through the middle of the quilt top. The measurement should be 34-1/2″. If it is not, take all three measurements, average them and cut the 3-1/2″ strip the length of the average measurement.
  3. Pin and stitch the vertical borders to the right and left sides of the quilt top, easing as necessary. Press seams toward the border.
  4. Measure horizontally along the top and bottom and the middle of the quilt top. The measurement should be 40-1/2″. If it is not, average the three measurements and cut the 3-1/2″ strip the length of the average measurement.
  5. Pin and stitch the horizontal borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top, easing as necessary. Press seams toward the border.

When the top is completed with blocks pieced together and borders added, you can layer with batting and backing and quilt as desired. This is a great design to quilt on your domestic sewing machine with a walking foot or add some free motion quilting around the stars. When the quilting is finished, add binding and a label to your quilt and you will done. This is a closeup of the blocks of my picnic quilt. It was quilted with a HandiQuilter ProStitcher machine and computer. 

 

Supplies Needed for QUBE and Star

GO! QUBE Mix & Match 6″ Block Die Set (55775)

Frayed 4-Patch Star Pattern from 72 Blocks Book (MMQUBE6)

GO! Star-2″, 3″, 4″ (55028)

Patriotic Star Machine Embroidery Designs

Fusible – Lite Steam-A-Seam2 (Lite SAS2)

Medium to light weight tearaway stabilizer (satin stitches will need a medium weight stabilizer whereas blanket and lighter edge stitches will use a light weight stabilizer)

Machine Embroidery Supplies including coordinating thread and bobbin thread.

 

Fabric Needed

Background Fabric for Star Blocks – ¾ yard.

Appliqué Fabric for Stars – 1/3 yard

Blue Color 1 Fabric – see below

Blue Color 2 Fabric – 1/3 yard

Background Fabric for Pieced Blocks – ½ yard

Border 1 – Red Fabric – 1/3 yard

Border 2 – Blue Color 1 Fabric – 7/8 yard

 

For other great patriotic quilt pattern ideas, visit https://www.accuquilt.com/patterns.html?technique=1729.

 

Originally written by Marjorie Busby for July 4, 2017.

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