BOM 2021: Star #7

Here is star #7 and what a star it is. It’s a star in a star in a star. And of course three stars in one block yield to a lot of pieces to sew. So let’s get straight into it.

Cutting

From the yellow fabric cut
1 square 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) and
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm), cut once diagonally.

From the orange fabric cut
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,5 x 8,5 cm), cut once diagonally.

From the pink fabric cut
8 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm), cut once diagonally.

From the darkblue background fabric cut
12 squares 1 x 1 inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm) and
20 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm), cut once diagonally.

Sewing

Join all the yellow and pink triangles with a darkblue triangle to get squares.

Join two yellow-blue squares as shown in the picture below. Make four units.

Sew a darkblue square to the left and the right side of two of these units. Sew the two units without the darkblue squares to opposite sides of the yellow square and then the two units with the squares to the remaining sides.

The center star is finished.

Sew a darkblue triangle to a pink-darkblue square. Sew another darkblue triangle to the other side as shown in the picture below. Be really careful to sew the triangles to the correct side otherwise you will like me unsew a lot.

You need eight of these triangles.

Join each of these triangles along the long side with an orange triangle.

Sew a darkblue square to the eight remaining pink triangles and join two of these to make a 4patch as shown in the picture below.

Sew together two pink-orange-darkblue squares. Make four units.

Sew two of them to the opposite sides of the center star.

Sew a pink-darkblue 4patch to the left and to the right side of the remaining orange-pink units. Doublecheck that the 4patches are in the right position before sewing. Make two units.

Sew these two units to the other two sides of the center star to get the block.

Take 4 of the strips 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

 

Time Management for Artists

I really love planning and I love planners even more. And I’m a huge fan of time management. This means that I own almost every time management book. Which made me realize that owning them and reading them and having all those beautiful, colorful planners doesn’t mean that you are managing your time. I am perfect in theoretical but not so in practical time management. But… whenever there is an incentive I’m ready to start anew.

So when I discovered this blogpost by Elizabeth Barton on “Time Management for Artists” I got out my planner and my pens and now I’m on my way to a perfectly organized life (I hope).

Head over to Elizabeth’s blog to read the article – there are a lot of good tips how to save time and get organized.

Time Management for Artists by Elizabeth Barton
Like everyone, I never seem to have enough time to do all the things I want to do. So I’ve come up with a Time Management checklist for myself to see if I can’t just squeeze a little more juice out of those 24 hours!! ………………………………….

 

Christmas in July: Christmas Scraps

Christmas in July – I really love that. It shows that we quilters begin to think about and work for Christmas at this time of the year (with that comforting feeling that there is still enough time for everything).

Today I have this great scrap quilt for you in white, red and green – radiating Christmas spirit in every direction. It’s a lot of cutting, sewing and quilting but that’s the reason why we start in July, isn’t it? So get out your red, green, white and creme-colored scraps and let’s start.

The quilt shown is 60 x 72 inches (150 x 180 cm) but can easily be done in any size you wish simply by adding or omitting blocks. Each block is 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm).

For the quilt in the above mentioned size you need
240 green squares 2½ x 2½ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm)
240 red squares 2½ x 2½ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm)
360 white squares 2½ x 2½ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm)
120 white squares 2 x 2 inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) cut diagonally
64 red squares 2 x 2 inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) cut diagonally
56 green squares 2 x 2 inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) cut diagonally.
All these measurements include a ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance.

Join each red and each green triangle with a white triangle along the long side (chain-piecing is perfect for this). Press and cut off the dog ears.

Now join a red and a green square (chain-piecing as well) – you get 240 pairs.

Now let’s sew the blocks together.

For block 1 sew these three rows


and join them to block 1.

You need 64 blocks.

For block 2 sew these three rows


and join them to block 2.

You need 56 blocks.

Now it’s time to puzzle the quilt together. Lay out the blocks (referring to the picture of the quilt) – 10 blocks per row, 12 rows.

Sew all the blocks together.

Sandwich the quilt, quilt it and bind it with a narrow red or green binding.

Give the quilt to someone you really love for Christmas or – even better – keep it for yourself and spend the coming holiday season under it.

 

All you need to know about threads

Threads! We need them, we love them, sometimes we hate them – but they are always a bit of a mystery. Cotton or polyester? What is the weight of threads? Do they age? Are there different qualities of threads? Do they effect the tension of my sewing machine?

I found this great video by Karen Brown of justgetitdonequilts.com where she interviews Anita Zobens (@anitazobens on Instagram), Canadian quilter and thread educator who tells us all we need to know about threads. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a very informative hour.