Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine Patch Star for this community quilt.  For the first sew day, I had cut fabrics for several hours the day before so we could hit the ground running. For this patriotic version, the center unit has a star print for the center, surrounded by blue scraps.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then the flying geese units were done in scrappy reds.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We pressed those seams open to reduce bulk, and make it easy to see the point for sewing the next seam.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

After the previous sew day, we had all the nine patch units made, all the flying geese units made, and all the squares cut.  On this day, we needed to finish assembly of the 20 blocks, add sashing and cornerstones, and complete the center section of the quilt top. Here we are set up for day two of sewing.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

The units were all completed, and then the blocks assembled.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Time out for lunch!  We did a Mexican theme pot luck lunch, with a Christmas Tablescape. The salad courses were lined up on the counter, my guacamole was in the center.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We had a tossed salad full of crunchy lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cranberries, bacon, olives, onions and hard boiled eggs.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We scooped up the Seven Layer salad, yummy refried beans, avocado, olives, cheese, onions, salsa and sour cream to eat with chips.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Then we moved to the stove for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada casserole in a slow cooker.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Taco soup was in another pot, made with ground beef and corn with lots of spice that was so thick it was more like chili.  We ladled it into our bowls, filled up plates, and sat at the dining table for a leisurely lunch with lots of chat time. This was my plate.  I’ll show you the tablescape on Wednesday.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

They laughed at me as I took a picture of another full plate.  Seconds were encouraged, and taken advantage of!

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Stuffed too full for dessert right away, we went back to the basement for more sewing. We cut sashing strips, 2-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Cornerstones of the same star print were placed between the sashings.  The top was constructed in two big pieces.  When we had all 20 blocks made, we put sashings on two sides of each block.  The blocks were sewn into rows, and two large sections were done.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time for dessert, Chocolate on Chocolate. It was a happy thing that the Christmas sprinkles were also the colors of the Mexican flag, after all, there is a lot of chocolate in Mexican cooking. Chocolate chunk brownies, frosted with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles left everyone with a sweet taste.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Every dessert looks yummy on a Christmas plate, right?

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Back to sewing, the final assembly meant joining the two large pieces, then adding the last two edges of sashings, and the center of the top is done.  We counted it up, and so far with 10 quilters working in five different machines over two days plus the cutting time, we have 70 quilter-hours in this quilt so far.  Cutting, marking, pressing, sewing, and ripping out some bad seams here and there really adds up.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

At this point it is still not large enough for Quilts of Valor, right now it is 59 x 72 inches. So I will add a scrappy border made during the first sew day, along with a solid red border on the outside edge to bring it over the minimum size of 60 x 80.  I’ll show you those steps soon, when I get to them. I don’t expect to finish this quilt before Christmas, there is too much going on this month.  The block pattern is the same as the Christmas Quilt Along from yesterday.  I’ll have a pdf for you with both sizes later in the quilt along.  I just got three new pantographs for quilting too and I cannot wait to try them out!

What do you think of our Sew Day and Pot Luck?  Do you think you might try this with some of your sewing friends?

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Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

16 thoughts on “Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

  1. Cheryl Buchanan

    The food looked delicious and love the idea of having friends over to sew. Wish I had the space to do that. Beautiful job on the quilt. Merry Christmas to you and your friends.

  2. manasotavacation

    I was one of the lucky 10 , and indeed, it was loads of fun! The stars turned out so well! Thanks, Carole for such a fun day and letting me fall in love with yet ANOTHER sewing machine. I loved that Pfaff 7550!!

  3. gwynette thacker

    I love using the nine patch star pattern. I made my grandson a quilt using his school colors and he loves it. Looks like your group was both productive and well fed! Quilters are innovative cooks so there is more time to quilt!!!

  4. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; Sitting at my sewing table, reading your post and seeing all of the pictures just made me smile knowing how much fun and good food you were all having! Mexican food is my favorite and everything looked delicious. Your quilt is so pretty! I started making my blocks yesterday and can not wait to finish the blocks today! I hope that you have many more wonderful quilting group days and a great day today!

  5. Beautiful quilt….it will be a wonderful QOV quilt……I cannot comment further….after seeing all those photos of the delicious Mexican cuisine I must…I REALLY must go downstairs and find something to nosh on. Yummy photos….lucky sewing friends. 🙂

  6. dezertsuz

    Your friends cook better, so I’d like to join you, instead. LOL That lunch looks like way too much food, and an invitation to wonderful eating. The quilt is fabulous. Great job of working as a team to finish everything in two sew days, plus your cutting time and borders, of course.

  7. It turned out beautiful!! Lots of loving work too!!! Your meal sounds delightful. I have a “pot luck” here on Tuesday with ladies from one of my quilt bees, and I am doing the salad! I love a spinach salad, and will be looking over some recipes today, so I can be ready to shop early Monday morning. Thanks for sharing the beautiful work.

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