North Star State Beginning

I started my version of North Star State.

There are so many small pieces of 1930s reproductions in my stash and I had been looking for just the right project.

Because much of my fabric is small scraps, I am making the blocks 1/2 size. It will take a lot of them, but I am not in a hurry.

Star Kissed 2″ Version

It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.

Here is the latest size version of the Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.

Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.

There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.

It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.

TUTORIAL: Welcome Home Quilt Block

If you are looking for a scrap quilt pattern that is versatile, good looking, beginner friendly, group friendly, quick and just plain FUN, you have found it: Welcome Home Quilt Block.

Yes, all of these are Welcome Home Blocks!

As long as the pieces match up, it does not matter what order you assemble them–traditional log cabin, court house steps, random–they all look good.

MATERIALS (for each block–it takes 48 blocks to make a 60″ x 80″ quilt)

From a variety of scraps, cut…

2 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares

2 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ strips

2 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ strips

2 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ strips

1 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip

ASSEMBLY

  1. Stitch the 2-1/2″ squares together. Press.
  2. Add the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  3. Add the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  4. Add the 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  5. Add the 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip, matching ends. Press.
  6. Ta-dah! That’s it. Now, go make a whole bunch more.

Yep, this quilt was built with just such blocks! Aren’t you excited?! Go build 48 blocks and have a nice size quilt people will cuddle under with love.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive (Dr. Seuss Fabric)

I wasn’t really expecting, but I was hoping, that some Dr. Seuss fabric might find its way here.

And IT DID!

And now it is a quilt top.

Based on the Quarter Turn Quilt tutorial on this blog, it is a good use of the size and shape of the scraps that arrived.

I am so grateful that you were willing to share.

Sweet Scrappy Saturday

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has started a scrappy sewing group that meets at her shop once a month and makes items for donation.

The favorite project these days is the Welcome Home blocks (tutorial coming sometime soon) that are assembled to make large couch or twin sized quilts (60″ x 80″).

Sparkle Jane herself did the assembly work on my “new” Featherweight. It sews straight and true.

And in the end we had one completed top and only 6 blocks short of second. YAY! Next day scheduled for November 21.

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…

 

A Star Kissed Finish

The Star Kissed tutorial/pattern is written for four different sizes, and I just HAD to make all of them.  Tops were finished for three sizes and the fourth is in the works, but it was time to get one truly finished:

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This is a single block based on 2-1/2″ squares, with borders added.

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Finished at 36″ square. A fun table topper, wall hanging or baby quilt.  Or, make four blocks for a bed size quilt (with borders, of course).

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YAY!