So this is what I'm currently working on, Boxy stars (thanks to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville free patterns). The blocks are made from 2½" strips and come together so easily and quickly.
- Three 2½" background (cream/white) pieces
- For the corner pieces, one 2½" square and one 4½" piece, (so a total 7" strip, it was handy to remind myself of that as I was collecting the fabrics)
- The longest piece for the 'star arm' is 6½", the other arm, 4½" (so a total 11" strip).
The stars require four smaller blocks as below:
- To a background 2½"piece, add one of the darker/corner pieces, 2½".
- Keeping the background square on the left of the 2 sewn pieces, attach the 4½" darker/corner piece below.
- Again keeping the background piece on your left, attach the short (4½") piece of the star arm.
- Attach the longer (6½") piece of the star arm to the top to complete the quarter of the whole block.
- To create the star points, mark the remaining background squares in whatever way you usually do (draw a diagonal line, or if you prefer a slightly lazier method like me, just press them in half).
- Place these on opposite corners of the block and either cut away the excess, (or save it for another project with 2 inch half square triangles).
I tended to keep my stars to one colour family - whether yellow, gold, orange or a rusty peach. The corners I used greens, navy or browns.
I'm also doing a quilt as you go method, so here is one block given a little quilting, outlining the star and then doing some cross hatching in the background areas.
I used a cream coloured thread, I guess I could have used a darker one to make it stand out a little more, something to bear in mind for next time. I need to work on the sashing, then it will all come together well I hope.
A fun way to use up some of those scraps!
Until next time,