Mismatched Stars and Stripes Quilt Pattern

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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 fire works while bundled up or being rained on.

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 fire works set off from the Braves Stadium at the end of the game. We would sit on our friend’s front porch, 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.

Mismatched Stars and Stripes is a modern quilt pattern inspired by the American flag and the most important holiday for our country. I wanted to do a sawtooth star with stripes off the side, but I know the flag has already been recreated by so many other talented quilters. This pattern uses different size stripes to create a non traditional look.

I made the first version of this quilt using a bundle from Evie Quilts. 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 new Jen Kingwell line called Grainline Woven (color blueberry).

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. So on the back they went. Then, I used other scraps of fabrics to complete the back.

The quilt was finished by sending it to Kaitlyn from Knot and Thread Design for some beautiful quilting. I just love how this quilt turned out! It’s so bright and cheery. It’s the perfect picnic quilt or day at the park quilt. Check for the pattern in the store!

This picture was taken during our drive across the country. I hadn’t put the binding on yet, but it still looks great!

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