I have a free pattern for you today! I thought a small and fast summer project was in order and I have had this idea drawn up for a couple of months now. Perfect for 4th of July, but also Memorial Day and Flag Day!
Despite being born in Texas and having lived there the majority of my life, I don't ever feel that I am a Texas gal. My parents hail from the Northeast, my mom from the Philadelphia area, and we lived several of my childhood years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That is where I feel most at home. So, it is no surprise that every 4th of July I feel nostalgic for places like Independence Hall and Washington's Crossing.
It was an easy decision for me to use "Martha Washington's Star" as the feature block in my table runner. She doesn't seem to have anything to actually do with the block itself, but the name is enough for me. ;) I think making it scrappy gives it a charming "vintage" feel. For the quilting I used my walking foot exclusively. Yep, all of the curves are done with my walking foot! It was much easier than I thought it would be, but I only went that route because I was too lazy to be switching presser feet and threads back and forth constantly.
Below you'll find the directions to make your own. I hope you find this helpful! And if I don't "see" you before then...Happy 4th of July everyone!
Finished Dimensions - 16" x 48"
Sew with a scant 1/4" throughout.
Abbr: W = White/Low Volume, B = Blue, LB = Light Blue, R = Red, RST = Right Sides Together
Cut the following:
R1 - (16) 4.5"x 4.5"
W3 - (16) 4.5"x 4.5"
Martha Washington Star -
Corner Squares: B1 - (4) 4.5" x 4.5"
Windmill: LB1* - (2) 4 7/8"x 4 7/8"; LB2* - (1) 5 1/4"x 5 1/4"; W2 - (1) 5 1/4"x 5 1/4"
Flying Geese: B2 - (1) 9.75"x 9.75"; W1 - (4) 5 3/8" x 5 3/8"
* Due to my available scraps I ended up using a mix of light and dark for the windmill after I designed the pattern, so feel free to mix it up in a way that works for you.
To make the stripes:
1. Sew R1 pieces together into 8 sets of 2, RST. Press seams to one side.
2. Sew W3 pieces together into 8 sets of 2, RST. Press seams in opposite direction of the R1 sets.
3. Aligning seams sew sets of R1 with W3 pairs to create eight 4-patches, RST. Press seams open.
4. Sew the 4 patches together into 2 rows each containing four 4-patches, RST. Press seams open.
5. With RST sew the two rows of red and white striped patches together. Press seam open.
To make Martha Washington's Star:
Measures 16.5" square
You will need the following pieces - LB1* (2) 4 7/8"x 4 7/8"; LB2* - (1)5 1/4"x 5 1/4"; W2 - (1) 5 1/4"x 5 1/4"
1. Cut LB2 and W2 squares on the diagonals to make 4 triangles.
2. Cut LB1 squares on one diagonal. Each square will yield 2 triangles, giving you a total of 4 when done.
3. Pair each LB2 piece with a W2 piece and sew right short edge of the LB2 pieces to the left short edge of the W2 pieces, RST, creating 4 units. Press open.
5. Sew together the four units you just created, RST, to make the windmill portion of the star:
Your completed windmill unit should measure 8.5"x8.5" when finished.
Flying Geese - (We're going to make all 4 at once!)
You will need the following pieces - B2 - (1) 9.75"x 9.75"; W1 - (4) 5 3/8" x 5 3/8"
1. With RST, place white squares (W1) on the large blue (B2) square. Draw a center "cut" line from corner to corner on the white squares (W1) and pin. Stitch with a scant 1/4" on each side of the center "cut" line.
2. Cut unit in half along center "cut" line.
6. Trim the four flying geese units to 4.5" x 8.5".
Now assemble the Martha Washington Star... (Sew with RST and press seams open.)
Square up to 16.5" x 16.5"
Sew your completed "Martha Washington Star" to the stripes with right sides together. Press seam open.
All that's left is to baste, quilt, bind, and admire! :) I hope you enjoy your lovely table runner as much as I am enjoying mine!
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