Quilts of Valor® 2019 Block Drive
The 2019 Quilts of Valor block drive features a floating Ohio Star.
The purpose of the national block drive is to give individuals or groups who wish to make just a few blocks, but not assemble a quilt, have their block(s) in quilts made across the nation. These blocks can be assembled many ways into a QOV. We will try to post samples on Facebook. If you make a top or quilt, please post a picture. These blocks will assist State Coordinators. They will help fill requests not covered by local groups and ease their backlogs. We thank you for your help with our mission!
1. There are two colors needed: background – red or blue solid or patriotic print; main color – white or white on white (see photos).
2. Use a scant 1⁄4” seam allowance and press carefully.
3. Block should measure 12 1⁄2” as sewn and will finish at 12” in a quilt.
Color 1 – Background 8 – 4 1⁄2” squares 55060 (Go Die)
(red or blue solid or a patriotic print)
Color 2 – Main Color 1 – 4 1⁄2’ square 55060 (Go Die)
(white solid or white-on-white) 8 – 3 1⁄2” squares 55006 (Go Die)
Step 1: Picture 1 below shows your cut pieces. Take your eight 3 1⁄2” small squares and mark 4 of them corner to corner as shown in picture 2. If you feel confident, you do not have to mark. Place each on the bottom left edge of 4 background squares (picture 3). Sew them (picture 4). Trim them at 1⁄4” (picture 5). Press back (picture 6).
Step 2: Repeat with the other 4 small squares. See pictures below. You will end with 4 squares with star points.
Step 3: Layout your 9 squares like a 9 patch block. Sew it together your favorite way. The pictures show how I like to do it. Take your center row and lay it right sides together with the left row. Chain piece these 3 together. Do NOT cut apart. Lay open your 2 columns. Lay the the right row on top of the center row and chain piece them together. When you finish, it will look like the 4th picture.
Step 4: Final step is to turn top row down and sew row horizontally. Turn bottom row up second and sew it horizontally. Press it open (see last picture). Your finished block should measure 12 1⁄2”.
There are several YouTube videos out there that demonstrate how to make an Angel Gown. Here we are using the pattern and instructions provided by 7PineDesigns.com . They offer this info as a free download with no copyright restrictions but ask that it not be sold.
(NOTE: Carol found that, when printing this pattern, she needed to tell the printer to enlarge the image to 110% or the test square didn't come out to 2". When my printer window opened, it showed the image at 93% - changing it to 100% solved the problem.) This pattern is shown in 4 sizes; you may want to print it 4 times so you can cut each size separately.
Note that the pattern prints out on 4 pages - you will cut/paste the top & bottom portions of the front and back. The instructions print on 8 pages. A condensed version of the instructions was written by a friend - see the Download available below.
Wedding dresses have been found at many donation facilities like ARC and Goodwill. Happy shopping!