Friday, 10 June 2011

Army Star

Army Star for Meghan by Lynne @ Lilys Quilts

In a new bee I elbowed my way into, Meghan asked for an army star quilt block or anything for a quilt for her husband who's in the army and is also airborne.  There is an army star quilt block but someone else is making that so I googled "army star" and found this star which used to be on the side of US planes in the second world war.  I split the star into dark/light triangles to look like planes to reflect the airborne part of his career.  I'm just curious - can you guess how I pieced this?

37 comments:

  1. With magic, maybe? Lynne, it's so crisp and perfect - it might be one of my very favorites from you.

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  2. No, but I'd love you to show us how! I want one on a pillow before the 4th of July.

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  3. Did you have help from the quilting fairy? Or was it an army of elves?!! However you did it, it looks fabulous!

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  4. I like this star! Seems like it would not be easily pieced. Maybe hand piecing.

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  5. very carefully? love it :-)

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  6. I think you pieced the circle in three sections then stitched them together and then inset it into the square. The one section of the middle you must have pieced in several sections and then pieced together. Does that even make any sense. Probably not. I'm not so good at writing down what my head is telling me. :-)

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  7. Errrr. No. It is indeed so perfect I wondered whether it was a digital image from a design board.

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  8. You're so the queen of skinny stripped blocks Lynne!!
    Love this, you must have had some fairy helpers.

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  9. That is stunning! Will you be posting a tutorial? My husband is in the army and I think he would really love this!

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  10. I think you are just getting too clever!!! It just looks amazing and it is hurting my head just to try and think how you did it...Grin!

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  11. this is so lovely. The colors, the design. Do tell how you pieced it.

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  12. love it. great design. will have to try that.

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  13. You pieced it like the pro' you are Hotlips Goldsworthy!

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  14. with a sewing machine? lol it's a beauty!

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  15. This is AMAZING! Did you paper piece it in 5 sections?

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  16. With super glue and modge podge. (Well...you did say "guess")

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  17. Not a clue. Although magic and the quilting fairy sound likely contenders. It is beyond awesome!

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  18. My guess . . . you strip pieced the two colors together then using the 30 degree marks on your cutting mat (like I have on mine) you cut the outside star points. The inside star points look to be 60 degree triangles. That is my guess. If not, I vote for paper piecing :0)

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  19. I haven't a clue how you did it but it certainly looks amazing!

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  20. awesome miss Lynne! :-O Love it. :)

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  21. Lynne, this is amazing! I'd love to know how you pieced it. It's just so fabulous. Meghan is a lucky woman to get a block from you!

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  22. You used your usual process - alchemy!

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  23. (a) no I have no blooming idea how you pieced that masterpiece!
    (b) how did you get your fabrics before me - I live on the same continent as Meghan!?!
    (c) you don't have to go all Ringo Pie on us little VIBee'ers you know. What the heck am I gonna make now? Jeez Nigel.

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  24. Amazing. A combination of paper piecing and setting into circle?

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  25. well I can see that the white outer border is done in quarter circles, but I'm too busy admiring the rest of the star to figure out your mad piecing skills. LOVE.

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  26. I think I'm just gonna start calling you "Show Off" ! LOL You amaze me! Wow! :) Can't wait to hear how you did this!

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  27. Definately with 'magic'!!!!! Love both the star as well as the creative guess!! :) please share though!!!!

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  28. Beautiful! I have no real idea--so I'm just going to start pounding the keyboard and chanting "tutorial!", lol.

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  29. I'm with the magic and quilting fairy people. This is the first time I've been to your blog and I'm now going to be a follower, amazing block. I'm also going to chant tutorial!

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  30. Based on your seamlines in the middle of the white strips that separate the red and blue light and dark sections, it looks like you paper pieced the star in 5 sections that each include the right side of one star point and the left side of the star point next to it. Pretty cool!

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  31. Woman, you amaze me! This is perfection!

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  32. I'm going to vote for magic, or santa, that's the only way I can think you can piece that. It's stunning!

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  33. That is one awesome block!

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  34. This is amazing, it's pretty close the the Air Force star too. I would love to make a huge one as a center of a quilt for a retiring military friend, any chance of getting the directions?

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