I Love This Quilt!: Twenty-One Star Salute


Carolyn Beam was so inspired by her “I Love This Quilt!” remake for the May/June 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting, she started working on it as soon as she selected the pattern and received her fabric.

I Love This Quilt!”  is a regular feature on the last page of each issue of McCall’s Quilting. One person on staff chooses a favorite pattern from a past issue and remakes the quilt with new fabric and sometimes new techniques. For this issue, Carolyn chose Twenty-One Star Salute by Sherri Bain Driver, which was originally published in McCall’s Quilting America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014.

The original quilt is sewn in a traditional palette of reds, blues and tans. Carolyn chose the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder from Moda Fabrics—featuring green, yellow and gray—for her version.


Although the original quilt was scrappy, the color placement was specific—the star points were all blue, the star centers were all red, etc. From the outset, Carolyn knew that her placement would be scrappier and more random when it came to color, and she decided to vary the value placement in each block to create a fresh look.

Fabric: cut!


The star blocks are made with Fast Flying Geese and Square-in-a-Square units, so she used one of her favorite tools, the Fons & Porter Quarter-Inch Seam Marker, to mark her patches.

The star blocks went together quickly, and Carolyn soon was working on the pieced setting triangles.

With so many soft greens, yellows and grays, Carolyn knew she had to pay close attention to how she used fabric according to its value. She used it as an opportunity to really explore value and how much of a difference value placement can make.

Here’s a diagram showing how the full quilt in Carolyn’s chosen colorway will be put together. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s all finished!

I Love this Quilt! diagram
If you’d like to make your own version of Twenty-One Star Salute, click here to download the free quilt pattern.

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