Congratulations, you have made it to month three. If you are just joining this quiltalong adventure, Welcome! You can check HERE for directions and more information.
By now, most of the rest of you should have chosen a size to make. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.
Let’s get started on this month’s adventure: The Star Blocks.
Last month we made the 16-patch centers. We’ll add star points to those and assemble the blocks. Ready?!
1. You will need to cut background fabric into squares. Some are for the corners of the blocks and some are for the half square triangles. You will cut four of each size per block.
If you are making a small quilt, cut 20 4″ background squares and 20 3-1/2″ background squares. You will also need 20 4″ colored squares.
If you are making a medium quilt, cut 52 4″ background squares and 52 3-1/2″ background squares. You will also need 52 4″ colored squares.
If you are making a large quilt, cut 100 4″ background squares and 100 3-1/2″ background squares. You will also need 100 4″ colored squares.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you are using 2-1/2″ squares in your centers, you will need the same number of squares, but the sizes will be 5″ and 4-1/2″.
Note that I have tried to spread the colors about equally through my chosen color scheme. You don’t have to be obsessive-compulsive (who me?) but I believe it gives a balance to your quilt if you are.
1. Match a 4″ background square to a 4″ colored square and create half square triangles. I like to mark the diagonal, sew 1/4″ away from both sides and cut up the middle. You can get details on that method HERE.
2. Repeat for all 4″ squares.
3. I hate to say this, but you really do need to square up. No one really likes doing it, but it does make a difference. Get details HERE.
4. Lay out your star blocks. They consist of the pieced 16-patch centers you made last month, 8 half square triangle blocks and four 3-1/2″ background squares.
6. Repeat as needed depending on your quilt size. If you are making a small quilt, five times. If a medium, 13. If a large, 25 is the magic number.
Yay you! Stand back and admire your finished blocks. Don’t they look nice!
How is this going for you? Let me know. Send pictures. Add suggestions. I love to hear from you, even when I am not good about getting back. Only a little more school left (even though I love my job, it does interfere with my sewing life. :) ) and then I will be more able to answer all e-mails.
We’ll be back on June 10 for the next set of directions: Setting Blocks.