Sweet Sixteen was awarded a blue ribbon at the fair this past week.
I had hoped for that. It wasn’t the right kind of spectacular for a major prize, but it is its own kind of beautiful.
This is Utah and there are a lot of quilts entered.
These pictures show about 2/3 of the total. I should have taken another shot to get more of them in.
So nice to know there are many like-minded people out there.
Sweet Sixteen was completed Sunday night and delivered to the local fair on Monday.
We’ll see how they like it, but I LOVE it regardless.
There are 1344 colored squares and nearly every one is unique.
The quilting is mostly a simple cross hatch pattern, but with some flowers scattered here and there for surprises.
The backing is as happy as the front.
Yes, I love this quilt. It was my 2016-early 2017 leader-ender.
Welcome back to the Irish Star quiltalong. If this is your first visit, or as a refresher, refer to the IRISH STAR QUILTALONG tab above for previous posts and general information.
Today I am sharing the STAR block for our Irish Star quilt. The construction is a little different and took me a few tries to get it right. Please feel free to ask for clarification at any step of the way. Some readers have decided that they are going to make the STAR blocks their main project and let the Chain blocks be their leader ender–works for me!
I look forward to seeing all your quilts grow!
NOTE: below the first measurement given is for a 1-1/2″ base square quilt. In parentheses are the sizes for the 2″ and 2-1/2″, in that order.
MATERIALS–FOR ONE BLOCK (29 pieces in all):
*4 base size squares 1-1/2″, 2″ or 2-1/2″–from your scrappy squares
*For star center and points- 8 base size squares 1-1/2″ (2″, 2-1/2″) and 1 center square 2-1/2″ (3-1/2″, 4-1/2″)
*From background– A) 4 1″x1-1/2″ (4 1-1/4″x2″, 4 1-1/2″x2-1/2″); B) 4 1″x2″ (4 1-1/4″x2-3/4″, 4 1-1/2″x3-1/2″); C) 4 1-1/2″x2-1/2″ (4 2″x3-1/2″, 4 2-1/2″x4-1/2″); D) 4 1″x2-1/2″ (4 1-1/4″x3-1/2″, 4 1-1/2″x4-1/2″);
- Attach one base square to one A background piece. Repeat a total of 4 times.
- Normally I am not obsessive about pressing direction and just let things go as they will, but this time, PRESS OPEN. You will thank me later. Particularly if you are using 1-1/2″ base squares.
- Arrange your base square-A units around your star center. NOTE: The colored square will be UP and OUT from the center. The background pieces are IN and DOWN/TOWARDS the star center. Place your background B piece next to them. Keep this reference point in mind.
- Complete your corner sections by attaching the B background piece to the base-A units. Repeat a total of four times.
- Now you are going to build the points of the stars using your background C pieces and the Star Point base square pieces. You will use the stitch-trim-flip method. I recommend you add the star points by stitching from the middle diagonally towards the point. This reduces the likelihood of the fabric being “eaten” by the machine.
- Attach one to each background piece. Stitch-trim-flip and iron open. Then add the second point piece to each background C. Stitch-trim-flip and IRON open.
- Time to complete the star units by adding background D to the TOP (pointy part) of the unit you just created.
- Lay out your star parts–you should have 9 small units to assemble. Double check that the corners are correctly aligned with the colored base squares UP and OUT compared to the star center. Check again. Avoid your seam ripper. 🙂
- Finally, assemble the block 9-patch style, one row at a time.
- Ta-Dah! You have created an Irish Star block. YAY! Now, how many more do you have to go? Only 180 for me!!!
Let me know how it is going and if you see any errors (especially that) or if you have any questions. I am so happy with my growing collection of blocks. It is going to be a beautiful quilt.
You can start to see the chain effect, though it becomes much more noticeable when the blocks are assembled.
The winner of the pre-loved quilt is Nancy. She blogs at https://wyomingbreezes.blogspot.com/ and really does live in Wyoming. Also, a retired teacher. I hope she will love the quilt as much as I have.
There were so many entries for this giveaway that I plan to do it again next time I redecorate a space. Quilters “get it” and I know the quilt will be taken care of.
Thank you all.
The re-decorating of the bedroom continues. Today my focus was Pillow #3.
Here is a preview (highlighting the really poor top stitching) of the completed project. I hope to have a full room reveal within the week after finishing the bed quilt.
It has been really distracting, but when one’s husband is in the decorating mode, it is time to act.
And it has been fun. You know you married a good man when there are still surprises (good ones) 22-1/2 years later.