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.

 

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.

 

BOM 2021: Star #6

Another month – another star!

Cutting
All the measurements include a ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance.

From the blue fabric cut
6 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,25 x 5,25 cm) cut once diagonally

From the pink fabric cut
8 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally

From the darkblue background fabric cut
10 squares 2⅜ x 2⅜ inches (6,5 x 6,5 cm) cut once diagonally
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,25 x 5,25 cm) cut once diagonally
8 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)

Sewing
Join the larger blue triangles along the long side with darkblue triangles to make 12 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Join 8 pink triangles along the long side with darkblue triangles to make 8 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Join the small blue and darkblue triangles exactely as shown in the picture below. The result is four pieces and four mirrored pieces. Press.

Join the blue-darkblue triangles along the long side with a pink triangle – you get 8 squares. Press and cut off the dog ears.

Now you have only squares. Lay them out (near your sewing machine) as shown in the picture below. Double check that everything is exactely as it should be.

Sew the squares into rows.

Sew the rows together to get the finished 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.

See you in July for star #7.

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

Improv Art Deco Roses

May and June are the months for roses in abundance – gardens and parks are full of fragrant blooms and there are even wild roses in the meadows around the city. In honor of all the roses around town I made those Art Deco Roses.

The flowers are easy and fast to sew. Make three panels like I did or make just one or make only the flower and no stem and join four or nine in a grid, make a pillow, … – there are many possibilities. And you can even diminish your stash as all you need are scraps.

The roses are made in the crazy sewing technique and here is how it goes:

1. Cut an irregular piece of fabric for the middle. Irregular but with straight edges.

2. Sew a scrap on one side of the middle. Right sides together, line up the edges and sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Open up the two pieces and iron the seam (as with Log Cabin blocks I pressed all the seam allowances to the outside of the block). Cut away the rest of the scrap aligning your ruler with one edge of the middle piece.

3. Sew another scrap on the edge you just cut. Open up, press the seam, cut away the rest of the scrap.

4. Sew scraps all around the middle.

5. With your ruler cut the piece of fabric you just created into another irregular piece with straight edges. The piece should not resemble the middle piece of step 1. Cut other angles.

6. Sew another round of scraps.

7. Cut into an irregular shape that should by now resemble the flower.

8. Sew another round of scraps. This time using green scraps for half of the round …

… and scraps of your background fabric for the other half. Use larger pieces of scraps for this round.

9. Cut the piece into a rectangle or a square (your choice).

10. Voilá! The finished rose.

The rose looks even better if you embellish the seamlines with decorative stitches by hand or by machine. You can do this now or quilt the rose this way.

11. For the leaves take a green scrap, cut it into the form of the leaf and sew some background fabric around it (like you did on the first round of the rose). Cut the piece into a rectangle and sew background fabric above and below the leaf – so you get half of the background. Make two of them and join them with a green strip for the bottom part of the quilt.

Or – and this is faster and easier – fuse a freehand cut leaf to the background.

12. Make a quilt sandwich, quilt and bind.

Have fun sewing your own rose garden!

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties. And when you are there check out the “Things I wish I Knew when I started quilting” at Off the Wall Friday – interesting points there and in the comments as well.

 

BOM 2021: Star #5

The last two stars of the BOM 2021 were fast and easy to sew. This one not so. This is partly due to its 57 pieces in a 10 x 10 inches (26 x 26 cm) block. Because of this many pieces you have to cut and sew really precisely to get a good result. But the resulting star is worth all the efforts.

Cutting
All the measurements include a ¼ inch (7,5 mm) seam allowance.

From the yellow fabric cut
3 squares 2½ x 2½ inches (7 x 7 cm)
2 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut all 5 squares diagonally.

From the blue fabric cut
3 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,5 x 8,5 cm)
2 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut these 5 squares diagonally.
Furthermore cut
2 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

From the orange fabric cut
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm), cut diagonally
In addition cut
4 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

From the darkblue background fabric cut
2 squares 2½ x 2½ inches (7 x 7 cm)
4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm)
Cut these 6 squares diagonally.
And cut
4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm)
8 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)

Sewing
With all the triangles you have a lot of sewing on the bias. Be careful not to stretch the fabric. Press the units but be careful not to distort the fabric.

Join a small yellow and a small darkblue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press. I personally cut off the dog ears.

Sew a small darkblue square to each unit. Refer to the picture for the right orientation. Press.

Join a small orange and a small darkblue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press.

Sew a small darkblue square to each unit. Refer to the picture for the right orientation. Press.

Join a small orange and a small blue triangle along the long side. Make 2 units. Press.

Sew a blue square to each unit. Refer to the picture below for the right orientation.

Join a large yellow and a large darkblue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 4 units. Press.

Join the yellow-darkblue triangle and a large blue triangle along the long side. Make 4 units. Press.

Join a small orange and a small blue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 2 units. Press.

Join a large yellow triangle to the orange-blue triangle, exactely as shown in the picture below. Make 2 units. Press.

Sew together one of these triangles (orange-blue-yellow) with a large blue triangle, along the long side. Make 2 units. Press.

Now you have sewn all the necessay parts. Let’s put the block together. Lay out all the pieces as shown in the picture below. Lay them right beside your sewing machine so you can put them back when sewn as not to mix up the parts.

Sew together the 5 vertical rows. Be careful not to mix up the pieces and check with the picture above for the orientation of the pieces. It’s easy to make a mistake here (ask why I know).

I pressed the seam allowances between the different parts in one direction so that they will „nest“ together with the next row. As a reference for me the pin in each row indicates in which direction the seam allowances should be pressed.

This is your finished 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.

See you in June for star #6.

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.