My daughter and her husband are a military family. They have lived the last 3 years in Anchorage, Alaska, initially to my daughter’s dismay (she hates cold weather). But once there she embraced the natural beauty and outdoor adventures available, skiing, ice fishing, hiking, and more (picture a moose walking up to her patio door) and made some really good friends.
They are now being reassigned to a new base and she asked if I would make a going away quilt for one of her best Alaskan friends. She chose a Friendship Star block and picked a variety of fabrics with prints that reminded her of shared interests and the fun that they had together. Since she wanted to pick out the fabrics herself and ship them to me, the only direction I gave her was to try to get contrasting colors for each block so the star shapes wouldn’t blend with the background. It was a fun challenge to get the fabric in the mail and put the quilt together.
The end result is pictured below. I left one square plain white so that she could write a message for her friend in that corner. Her friend cried and cried when she received it. A reminder that something made with love will always be a masterpiece!
Photos are from my phone as I forgot to take pictures with my real camera, LOL.
If you would like to learn how to make a Friendship Star block, here is a link to a great tutorial: Friendship Star in 5 Sizes.