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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Carpenter Star - Quilts of Valor Blog Hop

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
my day in the 
Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.

Jennifer over at Dizzy Quilter is hosting this blog hop
Island Batik has been super generous and provided the fabrics
from the new
Freedom fabrics collection designed by Kathy Engle.

I've always wanted to participate in the 
The mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing 
Quilts of Valor.

My first step after joining the 13 other fellow 
Island Batik Ambassadors
to make quilts for our local
Quilts of Valor groups
was to check out the QOV Foundation website
for quilt requirements and ideas.
The first free pattern listed is a Carpenter Star quilt
which became the inspiration for my own design.

With this beautiful package of fabrics by
Island Batik
I decided to take advantage of the 10" x 10" precut squares
made 9 1/2" half square triangles.
I also used 2 yards of White Basic for either 9 1/2" squares or a few extra squares to make the half square triangles.

My Carpenter Star is 72" x 72"
is a great size for wrapping around the shoulders of a service member.

Hobbs provided the Ambassadors with batting
and I chose to use the Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting.

I quilted it on the Handiquilter with Glide thread in stars and loops with the pro stitcher.

It was moving to take pictures of the quilt
at the 
Veteran's Memorial here in Dodge City.

Be sure to visit the other
Island Batik Ambassadors
making quilts for the
Quilts of Valor Foundation.

July 1

Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney

Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine

As I was finishing the quilt, I reached out to my friend Joyce.
She just opened a quilt shop here and just became a Quilts of Valor shop.
Her shop, Birds of a Feather Quilt Shop, also has Island Batik fabric.
She provided the label pictured above and also wants to display the quilt
until the shop has it's first presentation ceremony and Carpenter Star will be given to a Veteran.

I snuck down and took a picture through the window of my quilt on display.
What an honor and I hope the quilt will encourage other quilters
to jump on board with more donations.

This has been such a great experience and I am so happy that someone touched by war will receive this quilt as a comfort. 

Thank you, Jen and Island Batik, for putting this blog hop together and including me.

 I hope to do more in the future.
I just love the Island Batik Freedom collection
there's just something about red, white, and blue.

Be sure and visit Jennifer Jennifer over at the Dizzy Quilter for an awesome giveaway!

Have a safe and happy 4th!


Vicki in MN said...

Absolutely gorgeous, everyone has made such stunning quilts.

Roseanne said...

Hi Carla! What a beautiful quilt that really lets the fabric sing and shine. I know a veteran will be so honored to receive this quilt and will cherish it. Happy 4th of July to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

Carol Swift said...

It's beautiful and will be a treasure for the recipient!

For the love of geese said...

Truly gorgeous.

beaquilter said...

This is great and great place to take a pic and then donate to a veteran is just awesome!

Calicojoan said...

That is a wonderful quilt and you couldn't have picked a better place for a photo shoot. How special to have it hanging in the shop til it finds it's rightful home with a special veteran!

Becca Fenstermaker said...

So beautiful! I love this pattern, and although your quilt does look fantastic hanging in the shop window, it's going to look even more amazing draped around a veteran. Great work!

Emily said...

This is beautiful!!!! I love your stars and loops quilting. I also made a Carpenter's Star--that's three of us in this hop! Yours looks great hanging in the quit shop window!! Happy 4th of July!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Carla, this is one of the most beautiful Carpenter's Star quilts I've ever seen! Thank you for supporting QOV and our vets!

Anna brown said...

Very very nice star tytyty f I r sharing love the colors.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Needled Mom said...

That is beautiful. Someone will be so pleased to be presented with it.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

It's beautiful. Well done.

Susan said...

It's beautiful and so different from others I've seen or made myself. Those corners are a great idea. Thank you for jumping in with both feet and for helping spread the word. I know quilters seeing your quilt in the shop will be inspired to make one, too.

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful QoV!!! My dad was presented with one a couple of years ago and he cherishes it!!

teachpany said...

Gorgeous quilt, great quilting, and what a wonderful place to photograph, and then on top to get it displayed in the shop?? Great job.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Wow, beautiful QOV quilt!!!

ShirleyC said...

This is so beautiful! Excellent job!

Barb said...

Totally love this quilt.

Pamela said...

Love it!

Leah said...

I love your star! I really like those triangles in the corner. Just Beautiful!

Brandy said...

It's beautiful! We have a QOV group here that is quite active and our guild helps make blocks and tops every year. I hope to attend a presentation ceremony sometime, I hear it is very moving.