Mystery Quilt Complete

I am so glad Susan told me about the Days Filled With Joy Mystery Quiltalong.

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And I am even more glad that the quilt is now finished.

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It is an allover quilting panto called Pipeline.

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Taking these pictures just as the sun topped the mountain in the morning had the unexpected side effect of making the quilting pop.  Who knew?

Mystery Top Finish

Days Filled With Joy understands her job.  If you are in a funk, there is nothing like a good mystery to get your mojo going in a positive direction.

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I don’t know that I was really in a funk, but any excuse for a good scrappy quilt, right?!

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I am so pleased with how this turned out.  As I chose to add sashing between the blocks I ran out of the original background piece and had to (after looking at FOUR different stores) do the outer border from something different.  Indoor light and quilting will hopefully minimize the differences.

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Thank you, Joy, for a fun quiltalong.  I have really enjoyed myself.

Quick Quiltalong

Susan introduced me to Joy, of Days Filled With Joy, who is currently hosting a quiltalong.

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Yesterday I did steps 1 and 2.  Today 3 and 4.  I am not sure when the next one is coming, but if you already have 2-1/2″ squares, or can easily cut some, you might want to consider joining.

No, I don’t know what it will look like; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).

No, I don’t know how big it will be; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).

But, won’t it be fun to find out!

Another Star Kissed Quilt: 1-1/2″ Squares

Here is a second finishing idea for Star Kissed blocks.  This little quilt is blocks that are based on 1-1/2″ squares, but I can easily see it in any block size and as a large bed quilt.

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The sashing is the same width as the blocks and laid out in a scrappy-happy way.

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The quilting is a panto called Cotton Candy.

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The binding was a quandry; I almost went with white for the first time in my life, but found this polka dot in stash and it seemed to work.

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How are your Star Kissed blocks coming?  I am getting back to work on my 2″ based blocks this week.  I plan on doing a larger quilt out of them, with an additional setting idea for your consideration.  Sew On!

TUTORIAL: Star Kissed Big Block Baby Quilt

When a single block is 28″, it is easy to turn it into a baby quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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BIG BLOCK BABY
Finished size: 36-1/2″ x  36-1/2″

MATERIALS

ONE Size Large (based on 2-1/2″ squares) Star Kissed Block.  It will measure 28-1/2″. You can find all directions HERE.

64 2-1/2″ scrappy squares
1/4 yard background fabric (NOTE:  I matched the background to the star block itself, but it is OK to use a scrappy background as long as it is very similar value.  Otherwise, the star won’t shine as bright)
1-1/8 yard backing fabric
batting
binding (NOTE that I matched the star points.  Not necessary, but I think is helps the quilt “work.”)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

You may already have the 2-1/2″ squares. Cut from your scraps. Use mini charms, or 5″ charms cut into quarters. Leftover jelly roll pieces are good, too. Just get a good pile.

From background fabric you will need:
2 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″

CONSTRUCTION

I thought I took pictures as I built this, but, if I did, I can’t find them.  So, this is really more just directions rather than a tutorial.

  1.  Attach the 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  2. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  3.  Sew 2-1/2″ squares together to form strips.  You need two strips of 15 squares each and two strips of 17 squares each.
  4.  Attach the 15 square strips to the sides of the block.
  5.  Attach the 17 square strops to the top and bottom of the block.
  6. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  7. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  8.  Ta-dah!  You have a top.
  9. Sandwich backing, batting and top together and quilt.  I used a panto called Billowy.
  10.  Bind.  NOTE:  As mentioned above, a binding that matches the star points is a nice frame and ties the quilt together.

BIG BLOCK BABY Gallery

Claire created this beautiful version using soft colors and some wonderful custom quilting.

Your beautiful creation HERE…

 

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Another Layout

How are you doing with your Star Kissed blocks?  Remember there is no hurry, but I do like to know how it is going and if there is anything I can do to help.

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Today I am sharing another option for your blocks.  (Information on the entire quiltalong HERE.) Since the quilt is designed in four different block sizes, I decided to make four different quilts to show some ideas that might work for you.

These blocks are based on 1-1/2″ squares.  Four of them, with triple sashing (also based on 1-1/2″) makes a 37″ baby quilt or table topper.  Of course, feel free to add more blocks.  I think it would make a striking bed quilt.

Keep stitching!

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Star Points And Block Assembly

Welcome if you are new!  Welcome back if you have been here for a while!  It is time for the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish.  It is a great day to get started.

You can find all you might want to know about previous steps in the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

Today’s focus is the star points, and then block assembly.  It is possible that there will be some concern about fabric waste due to using the stitch-trim-flip method on the corners.  I chose this method so that you can get REALLY scrappy and make every point out of a different fabric if you like.  Also, those BONUS TRIANGLES are a lot of fun!  I have made many projects with them at different time and will share those ideas later.

That said, if you do not want to use this method, don’t.  You can make “no waste” flying geese if you like.  Basic directions can be found HERE.  You can make them any size you like depending on which size base square you decide to use.  It should work out either way.

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For EACH block you plan to finish, you need FOUR pieces of background fabric, and 8 colored squares:

*If using 1-1/4″ base squares you need FOUR background rectangles 3″ x 5-5/8″  and EIGHT squares of colored fabric 3″ x 3″. The flying geese will measure 3″ x 5-5/8″ as made, or  2-1/2″ x 5-1/8″  finished (you can probably get by with 2-1/2″ x 5″ if using the no-waste method).
*If using 1-1/2″ base squares need FOUR background rectangles 4″ x 7-1/2″ and EIGHT colored squares 4″ x 4″. The flying geese will measure 4″ x 7-1/2″  as made, or  3-1/2″ x 7″   finished.
*If using 2″ base squares  you need FOUR background rectangles 5-3/4″ x 11″  and EIGHT colored squares 5-3/4″. The flying geese will measure  5-3/4″ x 11″  as made, or  5-1/4″ x 10-1/2″  finished.
*If using 2-1/2″ base squares  you need FOUR background rectangles 7-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and EIGHT colored squares 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″. The flying geese will measure 7-1/2″ x 14-1/2″  as made, or 7″ x 14″  finished.

The sewing steps for all four sizes are the same.  Remember, I am showing the stitch-trim-flip method for flying geese here.

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  1. Prepare the colored squares for the stitch-flip-trim method by marking the diagonal center line.  I like to just iron mine, but you can use a ruler and marking device as you prefer.

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2. Line up the square on one of your background rectangles.  I like to stitch from the side to the corner.  It keeps the corner from being eaten in the feed dogs.

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3. While you are at it, go ahead and stitch a second seam 1-2″ to the outside (towards the corner) from the first one.  This created bonus triangles that are all stitched together and ready for a project.

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4.  Trim!  Cut between the two seams.

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5. Set the bonus triangle aside. You might want to get a box or something for the purpose.  They are so much fun to play with and turn into a future project.

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6. Press open.  Repeat three more times.

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7.  Use the remaining four squares to form the other side of the flying geese.

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8. Ta-dah!  They are so satisfying!

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9. Lay out the block.  Notice that the corner four patches are all touching the star points.

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10.  The only tricky part of assembly is lining up those points.  I recommend pinning.  Mine still aren’t all perfect, but it helps a lot.

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11. And, YAY YOU!  A finished block.  Admire it for a while, and go make some more.

Thanks for quilting along! In the next week or two I will show you some layout ideas and tops I have made using the various size blocks.  Feel free to share yours, too. Let me know how this is going for you and ask questions.  It is challenging to write for so many sizes and options, and your questions will help make it better for all of us.

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Corners

Welcome to the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish.  It is a great day to get started.

You can find all you might want to know about previous steps in the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

Today we are focused on the corners, those lovely little four-patches and their accompanying background fabric.

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For EACH block you plan to finish, you need EIGHT pieces of background fabric, in two different sizes:
*If using 1-1/4″ base squares your four patch should measure 2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 1-1/2″ x 2″ and FOUR rectangles 1-1/2″ x 3″.
*If using 1-1/2″ base squares your four patch should measure 2-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 2″ x 2-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 2″ x 4″.
*If using 2″ base squares your four patch should measure 3-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″.
*If using 2-1/2″ base squares your four patch should measure 4-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 3-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

The sewing steps for all four sizes are the same. DSC01836For each block you should have completed FOUR four-patches.  See HERE for more information on the patch sections.

  1. Sew one smaller rectangle to each four patch section.  Press open.

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2.  Attach two of the longer rectangles to the “top” of two sets and two of the longer rectangles to the “bottom” of two sets.  This allows the finished block to have a symmetrical look.  Although, you may not be bothered by them facing in different directions, but I like them to be even.

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3. And that’s it!  Duplicate as many times as necessary for the quilt you plan to build.

Thanks for quilting along! I’ll be back next week, or so, with the star points and block assembly.  Let me know how this is going for you.