Mismatched Stars and Stripes Modern Quilt Pattern
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Mismatched Stars and Stripes is my new modern quilt pattern inspired by Independence Day for the United States of American. This pattern uses a traditional quilting star but a modern stripe to complete a non traditional or maybe I should say semi traditional quilt design.
This modern quilt pattern is relatively fast, especially after you finish all those sawtooth stars. I wouldn't suggest this pattern if this is your first quilt. But I think a beginner quilter who has a couple quilts under their belt could sew this gal up just fine.
Oh the memories...
Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Although summer has long since started, in Oregon where I grew up, Fourth of July feels like the official start of summer. I remember many holidays over the years watching fireworks while bundled up or being rained on. You never quite knew what kind of weather you were going to get on the fourth.
The holiday marks the start of warm weather, BBQ’s, swimming, hiking… and just plain old good memories. Oh, and it’s also the day I met my husband, so there’s that. :) When we moved to Atlanta about 8 years ago the fourth became a time to spend time with friends and watch the fireworks set off from the Braves Stadium at the end of the game. We would sit on our friend’s front porch and chat, after a day of BBQing and playing outside, while we watched those fireworks light the sky.
The last several years we have been living outside the US. While this allows us so many amazing adventures, I miss the holidays spent with family and friends, especially the Fourth. So it’s not surprising that my love for the Fourth of July would inspire a quilt pattern.
I made the first version of this quilt using a bundle I bought. I loved the combination of patterns and solids. I am not near this talented and lack the confidence to create a bundle like this. The gal I bought it from doesn't sell bundles anymore or have a website otherwise I would give her a shout out.
I was short a couple fat quarters so added in a couple other fabrics. All patterned fabrics are by Ruby Star Society. The background fabric is Speckled in Metallic White Gold which I bought from Intown Quilters. The binding is from the Jen Kingwell line called Grainline Woven (color blueberry).
I just want to stop for a second and give a shout out to Rashida Coleman-Hale from Ruby Star Society for creating the Speckled collection. This is a great blender collection, but also works as background fabric or as a focal fabric. The Metallic White Gold is my favorite of the colors for background fabrics. In fact I have thought of buying a whole bolt of it because it is so good. It adds just the right amount of sparkly in the background without distracting away from the design of the quilt.
I'll tell you a secret, when I made this quilt I wasn't even sure if I would like it. LOL! I just had the inspiration and sketched up the idea and decided to go for it. But I didn't do a mock up in the computer or anything. I wasn't sure if the smaller stripe would hold it's own with the thicker stripe and the star. I wasn't sure if the thicker stripe would take too much attention away from the star. I just wasn't sure about alot of it. I wasn't sure if others would like it.
Usually the front of the quilt is the main attraction, but I love it when there is a surprise on the back as well. When I was originally trying to figure out measurements on this quilt I made too many stars. I frequently do this when having a first go at a quilt I am writing. I guess it's always better to do too many than not enough.
I decided to not waste these extra stars and put them on the back of the quilt. I grabbed some fat quarters and extra pieces of Ruby Star Society and Cotton and Steel fabric I had lying around and decided to give the whole the backing a scrappy look. I sewed the stars in one long strip to go down the middle of the back. I then added some strips of fabric to go down each side of the star strip. I randomly sewed the rest of the fabric to the sides. I think it turned out a little funky and fun.
The quilt was finished by sending it to Kaitlyn from Knot and Thread Design for some modern long arm quilting. I usually have a hard time deciding which pattern I want her to quilt. Kaitlyn is great at helping make the decision. We decided to go with Baptist Fan on this and I really like it. It's such a great classic design which goes perfectly with this partially classic, modern quilt pattern.
When I sewed up this quilt top we were staying with a friend in Georgia. Then, the lockdown happened and we decided to head back to Oregon where we had a more long term living situation in a more rural area to wait out the pandemic. We didn't want to fly with the kids and risk getting infected so we decided to drive across the country, in two minivans.
Kaitlyn was sweet enough to mail this quilt to our friend's house in Las Vegas where we were staying with friends for a couple nights during our trip. I was able to take some fun shots of it on the last leg of our trip.
This one is in Tulelake, CA where my best friend from college lived. Don't you love those quilt blocks!
Mismatched Stars and Stripes is available in baby, throw and twin sizes. The pattern is also available in PDF or print versions. This was a fun pattern to make. It looks great in solid or print fabrics and would be a great picnic blanket for summer.