The fabric in the picture above is Kansas Troubles new fabric line Paisley Park. I know I was supposed to use only my old stuff, but I couldn’t help it, I added a fat quarter packet of this. It is beautiful.
I think one of the hardest things about sewing a scrap quilt is they are not as interesting. You’ve already seen all of those fabrics… nothing new and stimulating… so I don’t think it’s cheating to add a few points of interest… (Yes… I AM one of ‘those kind’ of friends… dieting? Fruit Pie is a fruit… not a dessert). I am a very bad girl. I have the stash to prove it.
Anyway, some of you sent me pics of your stash piles for your mystery quilt. I will have Brianna help me and we will do a photo share in the next few weeks. It is always fun to see what everybody else picks. Send me pictures of this next step too!!
This mystery is pretty easy, it is going to be four different blocks, they will all be the same size, then the way you arrange it is pretty cool (with a few options). I opted for this mystery pattern over one where you have cutting steps, strip set steps and rows… as that makes it too hard to see what your quilt is going to look like. This way you have a bit of control.
So our first step is a floating star.
It is a basic nine patch. Start with eight background squares that are 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. For this particular block I am using the same background for all of the squares, but for my quilt I am going to change it up and use mixed backgrounds. Two reasons to consider this: one is I may not have enough background to make it through the whole quilt, two is I think multiple textures are more interesting and it will create more flow with the other blocks that include lights with the darks.
Next you will need to add your darks. For one block you will need eight 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares and one square that is 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Again, I think mixed darks would be the most interesting, but you can also make several different “colors” of blocks as you will be making quite a few.Of course my center is that luscious new Paisley Park…Yum!
So.. sew those aside and grab one of the background squares and a 2 1/2″ square. Lay them right sides together and mark a diagonal line.You are going to sew right on this line.Then press it over. Now for this step some people like to first trim off that excess, but I tend to leave it. It just seems to stabilize things a bit more and you can see that block would be a tiny bit crooked if I trimmed off that excess background and square (I have no idea how that happened… but it is typical). One thing to warn you about.. leaving the excess will create a bit of bulk in the seam. You will want to be aware of that when you press, and when you quilt.
Next step is to add another block to the other side,Then trim off the excess, or just press over, which ever is your preference.You will repeat these past two steps with a total of four of the background blocks, then position them around your center block to make your “floating” star.
Of course the last step is to sew the nine patch together and press. Your block should be 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ when done.
You have to make 24 of these floating stars if your quilt is going to be a twin, or 40 of them if your quilt is going to be a queen or king.
So get busy…. next step posted in two weeks!