BOM 2021: STAR #3

This is a fast and easy star. So can either relax with one star or make a whole quilt with a lot of them.

Cut (all measurements include ¼ inch (0,75 cm) seam allowance)
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in green,
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in orange and
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in darkblue (background fabric)
Cut each of these 12 squares diagonally to get 24 triangles.

Cut 4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) in darkblue

Join the triangles to get squares again. Sew
4 squares orange-blue,

4 squares green-blue

and 4 squares orange-green.

Press and cut off the dog ears.

Lay out the star as shown on the picture below.

Tipp: Do this layout as close to your sewing machine as possible so can take the pieces, sew them together and put them back at the appropriate place so that the pieces don’t get mixed up.

Sew the squares together to make 4 rows, then join the rows.

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!

As I told you – fun, fast and easy.

If you just found this BOM you can find the general instructions and the previous stars on the Free BOM 2021 page on top.

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 April for star #4.

 

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

 

BOM 2021: STAR #2

I hope you liked your Star #1 (if you do post a picture in the comments on my Facebook-page – we all would like to see it). Here is Star #2 of my free Block of the Month 2021.

Cutting
All the measurements include a seam allowance of ¼ inch (7,5 mm).
I also name the color I used to make it easier for you to identify the different pieces.

From the yellow fabric cut
18 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally

From the dark blue (background) fabric cut
6 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally
6 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,5 x 8,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally
4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm)

 

Sewing

Join a yellow and a blue triangle along the long side to get a two-colored square. Sew 12 squares.

Press (I pressed the seam allowance to the blue side). Cut off the dog ears.

Sew a yellow triangle to a blue side of the two-colored square exactely as shown in the picture. Align the bottom sides as shown and start to sew where my scissors point.

Sew another yellow triangle to the other blue side of the two-colored square exactely as shown in the picture. Start to sew where the tips of my scissors point.

Press (I pressed the seams into the yellow triangles). Cut off the dog ears if you want (I did).

Join each of the triangles you just sewed with a dark blue triangle along the long side. Cut off dog ears.

Now you have only squares to join.

Arrange the squares as shown in the picture.

Sew the squares into rows. Be careful not to change the squares or the orientation of the squares.

Join the rows and press 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!

That was fun! And I really like this block. Imagine a whole quilt with this block, every star in a different color – yummy!

If you just found this BOM you can find the general instructions here and Star #1 is here.

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 March for star #3.

 

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

 

BOM ANYONE?

For 20 years I was a publisher of a quilting magazine and for all those 20 years we ran a Block of the Month. So I would like to follow this tradition and offer you a free Block of the Month on the QuiltingSpace.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The theme for this year will be STARS. In the first half of each month you will get the pattern of a star block.

It will be a skill builder BOM – so we won’t always do it the easiest way.

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.

Each block will be 10 x 10 inches (26 x 26 cm). The finished quilt will be approximately 56 inches (145 cm) square.

As the stars will be set on point in the finished quilt you will need 13 stars. That means you are in for a bonus star.

I will give you all the measurements in inches and also in centimeters. The centimeters will always be in parantheses for a better differentiation. The measurements in inches and centimeters will differ a little bit as I tried for more convenient figures for cutting and sewing than for the exactness of stars in inches and in centimeters.

For the stars I recommend to raid your stash.

For the background I will take the same fabric throughout.

The quilt will have a 6 inches (15 cm) wide border. If you want to do this border with the background fabric then you will need at least 3 yards (280 cm) of the fabric.

If you decide to make the border of another fabric you will need 2 yards (180 cm) of the background fabric and another 1 yard and 2 feet (150 cm) of the border fabric.

If you don’t mind to have seams in the border then you will only need 1 yard and 5 inches (110 cm) of the border fabric.

THE BACKGROUND FABRIC

Before we can start with the first star we have to cut some pieces off the background fabric.

All measurements already include ¼ inch (0,75 mm) seam allowance.

For all who want to sew the border with the background fabric (you need 3 yards (280 cm) of fabric):

From the length of the fabric cut
2 strips 48 inches (120 cm) long and 6½ inches (16,5 cm) wide and
2 strips 60 inches ((150 cm) long and 6½ inches (16,5 cm) wide
for the border

From the width of the fabric cut
2 strips 11 inches (28 cm)
and from these 2 strips cut 52 rectangles 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm).
These rectangles will be sewn as borders around all the stars.

From the remaining fabric cut
2 squares 16½ x 16½ inches (44 x 44 cm) and
2 squares 9½ x 9½ inches (24 x 24 cm).
Put away those 4 squares and the border strips – we will need them later on to finish the quilt top.

The rest of the background fabric can be used for the background of the stars.

For all who want to sew the borders from a different fabric (you need 2 yards (180 cm) of the background fabric):

From the width of the fabric cut
2 strips 11 inches (28 cm)
and from these 2 strips cut 52 rectangles 11 x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm).
These rectangles will be sewn as borders around all the stars.

From the remaining fabric cut
2 squares 16½ x 16½ inches (44 x 44 cm) and
2 squares 9½ x 9½ inches (24 x 24 cm).
Put away those 4 squares – we will need them later to finish the quilt top.

The rest of the background fabric can be used for the background of the stars.

The fabric for the border will be cut lengthwise into 4 strips
2 strips 48 inches (120 cm) long and 6½ inches (16,5 cm) wide and
2 strips 60 inches ((150 cm) long and 6½ inches (16,5 cm) wide.
I recommend that you cut this fabric only when you need it to finish the top.

If you don’t mind seams in your border and have 1 yard 5 inches (110 cm) of fabric you will cut 6 strips 6½ inches (16,5 cm) across the whole width of the fabric.
I recommend that you cut this fabric only when you need it to finish the top.

NOW YOU ARE ALL SET to start with the first star. The pattern will be published on the QuiltingSpace on Friday, January 29.

I hope that many of you will join this free BOM. I promise we will have a lot of fun during the year and a beautiful quilt at the end of it.