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.

 

 

 

Star Kissed Quiltalong: A BIG Block Baby Quilt

As you may be aware, the Star Kissed Quilt can be made in FOUR different “base block” sizes.

I am finishing projects in each of the four sizes.  The first top can be seen HERE.

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This is the second one.

Made using 2-1/2″ base squares, the top finishes at 36″.

Yep, one block = one quilt.  What a bargain!

A complete tutorial will be posted after the quiltalong instructions are complete, which should be in the next few weeks. You can get all previous posts and information by clicking the Quiltalong Button to the right or by going HERE.

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Square In A Square Centers

If you are new to the Star Kissed Quiltalong, welcome!

No, you are not late.  Today is the perfect day for a new idea. You can find all you might want to know about the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

When you have some of those 25-patch centers sewn up, it will be time to add them to a “square-in-a-square”, or “economy block” setting.

For EACH block you plan to finish, you need TWO squares of background fabric.

If using 1-1/4″ base squares, TWO squares 3-1/2″ each.

If using 1-1/2″ base squares, TWO squares 4-1/2″ each.

If using 2″ base squares, TWO squares 6-1/4″ each.

If using 2-1/2″ base squares, TWO squares 8″ each.

The steps for all four sizes are the same.

  1. Determine the size and number of your background squares (above) and cut.  Then cut on the diagonal.

2. Mark the center of one side of your 25-patch center.  I like to fold and finger press.

3. Mark the center of the long side of the triangles you created out of the background fabric.  Again, I like to finger press.  Line up the two marks.  Pin.  (NOTE:  I am not a big pinner, but this is one of the times where it really does make a difference.  Just try it.)

4. Stitch.  You might have to line up very carefully.  Do not stretch the bias of the triangle.  Do make sure your patch center is ironed nice and flat. When it is just right, the needle should make contact with the fabric about 1/4″  away from the point where the background square and patch pieces touch.  It is not easy to explain and even harder to get a good picture of, but give it a go. You can see it better in the picture below where the corners have been trimmed off.

 

5.  Do the opposite side.  Press open.  Trim off the corners that hang out.

6. Now do the same for the other two sides.  Then press open and trim.

7. You may need to trim your block to size.  NOTE:  DO NOT trim so there is less than 1/4″ between the edge of your block and where the background fabric meets the corner of the patch section.  VERY LITTLE should need to be trimmed, if any.  Your center piece should now measure…

If using 1-1/4″ base squares, 5-5/8″.

If using 1-1/2″ base squares, 7-1/2″

If using 2″ base squares, 11″

If using 2-1/2″ base squares, 14-1/2″

8. Repeat steps 1-8 as many times as necessary for the quilt you have planned.

In a few weeks I will add how to create the corner pieces.

Let me know how it is going, and feel free to ask questions.  I look forward to hearing and seeing your progress.

Star Kissed Quiltalong: A First Finished Top

If you are new to the Star Kissed Quiltalong, Welcome!  You are right on time.  You can get all previous posts and information by clicking the Quiltalong Button to the right (Thank you, Susan) or by going HERE.

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In the meantime, I have finished a Star Kissed flimsy.

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This is the original idea, based on 1-1/4″ squares.  But remember, you do not need to do that size.  There is also 1-1/2″, 2″ and 2-1/2″ to choose from.

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I like the super scrappy look, both in the colors and the backgrounds.  I even made each star point a different fabric.  You do not have to do that.

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Anyway, the next set of directions, turning your 25-patches into square-in-a-square, should be up on Monday.

In the meantime, keep sewing those scraps!  YAY US!

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Patch Pieces–Centers And Corners

If you are new to the Star Kissed Quiltalong, welcome!  No, you are not late.  Today is the perfect day for a new idea. You can find all you might want to know about the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

It’s finally time to get sewing! YAY!

Hopefully you have decided what size squares you are going to use and how many blocks you are going to make.  If you need more thinking time, feel free to stop by the QUILT SIZE CONSIDERATIONS post for information and suggestions.

Whatever size base square you are using, these directions are for ONE block.  So, if you are using 2-1/2″ base squares and making a baby quilt, you only need to create ONE set of a single 25-patch and FOUR 4-patches.  If you are using 1-1/2″ base squares and making a queen size quilt, you need to create THIRTY SIX  25-patchs and ONE HUNDRED FOURTY FOUR 4-patches.  (Don’t give up already, it isn’t as bad as it sounds.)

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Go to your cut squares boxes, or start one now.  Get out some scraps (you do have them, don’t you) and start cutting.  The more the merrier.  You can do it “anything goes” style or controlled scrappy, but remember that the star points will give a dominate color to the quilt anyway and “anything goes” is kind of fun.

If using 1-1/4″ squares, the finished 25-patch should be 4-1/4″ or 3-3/4″ finished.  The 4-patches should be 2″ or 1-1/2″ finished.

If using 1-1/2″ basesquares, the finished 25-patch should be 5-1/2″ or 5″ finished. The 4-patches should be 2-1/2″ or 2″ finished.

If using 2″ base squares, the finished 25-patch should be 8″ or 7-1/2″ finished. The 4-patches should be 3-1/2″ or 3″ finished.

If using 2-1/2″ base squares, the finished 25-patch should be 10-1/2″ or 10″ finished. The 4-patches should be 4-1/2″ or 4″ finished.

Let me know how it is going, and feel free to ask questions.  I look forward to hearing and seeing your progress.

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Quilt Size Considerations

It is time to decide what size quilt you might want to make.  There are so many options!  Aren’t choices fun?

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You will notice that I show “base square” sizes, then the block size those will create.  Then, a variety of size quilts you might want to make along with the number of blocks that will require.

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NOTE:  The finished quilt sizes assume a single sashing between blocks and a single border the same width as the base block size.  I do plan to share a few other options later, but this is enough complexity for now, I think.  The baby quilt sizes will be improved with a triple border, for example.

NOTE:  n/a here means, Not Advised.  Just that the block size doesn’t lend itself well to a quilt of that size.  Too big, or too small, or too awkward.  You are, of course, free to give it a go if you wish.  And I am interested to see what ideas you might come up with.

So, what do you think?  What size base squares are you considering?  What size quilt do you want to make?

Next week the first set of directions will be officially published!  YAY!

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Block Sizes

A few more thoughts on scale.  It is remarkable how different blocks look made in different sizes.

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I have tried the Star Kissed block in four sizes now.  Here they are based on 1-1/4″ squares, 1-1/2″, 2″ and 2-1/2″.

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The blocks finish at 10″, 14″, 21″ and 28″.  WOW!  There’s something to think about!

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Scale

As I prepare for the Star Kissed Quiltalong, I thought to share a few thoughts on scale.

It is amazing how the same quilt made with different size pieces changes appearance.  Yes, the block pattern remains the same, but the quilt will feels different.

What size is right?  The size that YOU are happy with.  Yes, I tend to use very small pieces (or small to some people, at least) but that doesn’t mean I am a better-worse-or-otherwise quilter than you are.  It is just that small pieces are my preference.

Husband observed early in my quilting history that the sizes seemed to get smaller as my stress level rose.  Hmmm…he might have something there.

Anyway, let’s take a look at scale.

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Here are squares:  1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″.

Turn those into 4-patches (think the corner accents in the blocks) and they are 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ square.

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When you get to 25-patches, they are 5-1/2″, 8″, and 10-1/2″.

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A single block center based on 2-1/2″ squares is the same size as the entire block made with (crazy lady) 1-1/4″ squares.

Hmmm….think on that for a while and I’ll be back soon with more information.