FNSI Report

My Friday Night Sew In (FNSI),(Wendy of Sugarlane Designs) began with an hour of sewing Friday morning, and continued with more time Friday night. And, continued into Saturday. Between other necessary things, I was determined to get the last 13 setting blocks for the North Star State quilt finished.

YAY! All that are left are the friendship star cornerstone blocks. It is so good to see it finally coming together. It seemed like such a good idea to do the quilt in miniature…or at least much smaller scale. I am glad to have found a use for my smallest 1930s (and a few others) scraps, but it has been harder than I thought it would be. Ah, well, the end is in sight. Probably fairly soon. I am shooting to have a finished top by the end of the month. Maybe sooner.

Also stitched are the strips of rectangles for the Two and Four Quiltalong. You can check back here on Tuesday for the details.

Is it too early to be looking forward to next month? I enjoy the FNSI so much!

Two And Four Quiltalong: Cutting Directions

Have you got your scraps gathered? YAY! Let’s get going!

These directions are for a quilt finishing at approximately 60″ x 80″. Useful on a twin size bed, as a throw or couch quilt, or as a donation quilt. Or, you can make it exclusively because it is beautiful and makes you happy. That might be the best reason of all.

  1. Divide your scraps into two piles: Colored and Background. My Colored is all red/blue. My Background is cream or coordinating low volume prints.

TIP: Generally, when cutting scraps, cut the largest piece you can/need first, then work down to smaller ones.

2. From the Colored fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ rectangles. Also from the Colored fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares. NOTE: It is nice to have some kind of color balance, but several possibilities will work. On Katy’s original quilt she cut all the rectangles from blue and all the squares from red. I am mixing my colors to match the fabric I had available. You can use more colors if you like.

3. From the Background fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-/2″ rectangles. Also from the Background fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares.

4. Look at what you have accomplished and feel really great about it.

Thank you for quilting along with us. Visit Katy to see her progress on the quilt she is building. It is a similar size but uses larger pieces. Goodness, you might have enough scraps to do both! Now, that would be fun!

We’ll be back on September 7 with the first stitching step. Feel free to ask questions between now and then. See you soon!

Exciting Announcement: QUILTALONG!

Earlier this year, Katy shared a picture of this wonderful quilt.

I thought it was a great idea! A few weeks ago I cut out pieces to make a similar quilt. Katy and I got to talking and decided it was just too much fun to keep to ourselves, so we are inviting you to join us and build a Two And Four quilt of your very own.

I am building a version similar to the one above (based on 2-1/2″ squares and strips) and Katy will share directions for making a very similar quilt, but using larger (and therefore, fewer) pieces. 

You will have 1-2 weeks to complete each step before we move onto the next. This will run at a fairly leisurely pace. We plan to have tops finished and ready to share via a linky party by mid October. 

Your first assignment is to gather your scraps! You will need half light and half dark. Any color you would like! I’m using red, cream, and blue. Cutting directions will be posted August 24.

I hope you will join us for this Two And Four QAL. It’s a great way to clear out those scrap buckets!

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.

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!

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!

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: 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.