Irish Stars Update: 181 of 361

Records indicate that I started my Irish Stars quilt about June 1, 2017.

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In just under a year there are 181 blocks complete of 361 total needed to make a queen size quilt out of 1-1/2″ base squares.

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My goal is to finish the second half in the next year and have the entire quilt complete before I turn 52–October 2019.  Realistic?

Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.

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But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.

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Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished.  At least at the rate I am going.  Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.

Irish Star Quiltalong: Progress Update

Many of you reported on your progress, and some sent pictures.

Neralie (a beautiful name) in Australia has already finished a small one!  And she has another planned.  It took my breath away to see one finished.  Amazing!

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Ruth has been cutting and cutting–two days worth.  Her color scheme is so pretty!

Meloney is sewing blocks–she has 46 of 81 chain blocks complete.  Her color scheme is very controlled and will be striking.

P1010404Randy’s also has controlled colors…and she has a very nice design wall.

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Claire created this solids-only beauty at her Fall Retreat using 3-inch squares.  It finished at 45″ x 45″.

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And here is part of Mel’s–looking good on her design wall.  Even with such a tight color scheme, it is anything but boring!

If I missed your picture, I’m sorry.  Don’t be afraid to point it out and I will try again.

Now, back to sewing!

Irish Stars: Check In

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming along?

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Mine is…coming…slowly.  But, I knew it would.  One does not finish 361 blocks in a day, or even a week, or even a year.  I am at 82 blocks, and loving every one of them.  It is very satisfying to see my small stack grow larger.

Anyway, please feel free to comment below or to send pictures (weddingdressblue at gmail dot com).  I will share all pictures received in a post early next week so we can continue to cheer each other on.

Remember:  NOT A RACE.  Just like-minded people sewing along together.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

It’s A Jolly Quilt Top

The Have A Jolly Little Christmas Quiltalong was my delight during the summer.  I love Sew Fresh designs generally, and this was so much fun to create!

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I left out some blocks, added a few, and generally rearranged things, and this is, at long last, my version.

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The finished top is 78″ x 78″.  As soon as it is quilted, it will go live at my parents’ house.  Hopefully in time for Christmas this year. They support and enable my quilting ambitions.  At this rate they will soon have TWO quilts for every bed…

Checking In: Irish Stars

It seems like a good time to check in and see how your Irish Stars blocks are coming along.  If you are new or nearly new, don’t forget you can find all information about this Quilt Along HERE.

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As you may have heard, I am making the queen size quilt using 1-1/2″ squares.  I am not saying it is a good idea, but it is the idea I am using at the moment.  It will take 365 blocks total. If my calculations are correct, that is 9749 pieces.

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It seems overwhelming, but I am already 63 blocks in…not too bad.

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Right now they are just a pile of pieces, but I can glimpse the beautiful quilt they will become.

So, how about you?  How is yours coming?  Remember this is not a race or a contest.  We are each traveling our own road with our own destination.  And, with encouragement and persistence, we will get there.

 

Irish Star Quilt Along Part 4: Irish Star STAR Block TUTORIAL

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!

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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.

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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″);

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Attach one base square to one A background piece.  Repeat a total of 4 times.DSC00617
  2. 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. DSC00618
  3. 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. DSC00620
  4. Complete your corner sections by attaching the B background piece to the base-A units. Repeat a total of four times.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Time to complete the star units by adding background D to the TOP (pointy part) of the unit you just created.
  8. 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. 🙂DSC00647
  9. Finally, assemble the block 9-patch style, one row at a time.
  10. Ta-Dah!  You have created an Irish Star block.  YAY!  Now, how many more do you have to go?  Only 180 for me!!!20170807_142936

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.DSC00655

You can start to see the chain effect, though it becomes much more noticeable when the blocks are assembled. DSC00653