This is my favorite quilt. I got the pattern online after September 11. I'm sorry to say I can't remember which designer posted it. A lot of quilt designers put up free patterns in the weeks following 9/11 to help people like me pursue our favorite form of therapy.
I was chastised at the quilt guild for mixing my whites and my off-whites. I don't go to that quilt guild any more. I'm too much of a rebel I guess. I think the different tones make the stars sparkle.
If you look for a really long time, you'll find the mistake. I noticed it after it was finished and I nearly cried, but a friend reminded me that Amish quilters put mistakes in their quilts on purpose. That made me feel better until I found out recently that that whole idea is a myth.
I posted this today because it brings me joy when I bring it out each year, and it stirs my patriotic spirit, which has certainly grown as I have grown older. I hope it makes you smile. Have a great Independence Day!
I've been getting so many hits on this page that I spent some hours tracking down the designer. You can find the pattern for this quilt in this book by Judy Martin:
Thank you to the kind people at Crosley-Griffith Publishing for answering my inquiries!