Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stars for a Soldier

John'aLee of The Scrappy Appleyard has posted a request for 8.5" star quilt blocks.  Her DD's fiance, Chris, was killed in Afghanistan shortly before he was due to return home.  Chris was buried just days before what would have been his and Tory's wedding day.

John'aLee would like to make quilts for her daughter Tory, Chris' mom, his two brothers, and his best friend who was in Afghanistan and with Chris when he was shot and killed.  John'aLee is asking for stars in muted reds, blues, and white... similar to those in the fabric lines by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  Minick and Simpson fabric lines include Clermont Farms, Wiscasset, and American Banner Rose.

If you would like to participate but are hesitant because of a lack of a star block pattern that measures 8.5", I would like to suggest one of the Barbara Brackman Civil War BOW star blocks for which instructions are provided:

John'aLee is asking that, if at all possible to have the blocks to her by end of October. You may send them to:
The Scrappy Appleyard
3218 Knobview Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
If you'd like to read the story of Tory and Chris, visit John'aLee's blog:  The Scrappy Appleyard.  You'll need to read back several posts...  so very touching and sad.
I'm planning to make a couple of star blocks in Chris' memory... 
...and to honor others who are protecting our freedoms.


  1. This would be nice to do. I have tons of blues. White of course. I'm not sure if I have the muted red, but probably. If not I could pick some up.

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  3. Thanks for explaining what she wants....and for the links. I'll see what I can find in the stash to work.

  4. Will absolutely participate! I just received a jelly roll as a gift in Moda's American Banner Rose, so fabrics should not be a problem.

  5. Thank you so much sweetie for posting this.
    We are also accepting 12 1/2" blocks too. Madam Samm over at Stash Manicure informed me it would be easier for everyone!
    Thanks again from the bottom of my heart!
    Sending a hug...

  6. My heart breaks for this family, and I'd like to make some star blocks to send along. Headed to LFS today for colors. I've read instructions from your link and as a newbee, I hope to have success making these.

  7. What a lovely post. You make it easy for everyone to be as generous as you.
    I'll make a few to send for Chris also.

  8. Wow! What a post. Good for you for helping and spreading the love.

  9. I sent in my blocks before I came out west. Maybe I'll do some more when I get home--which will be soon!