Monday, August 01, 2011

Quilt Smackdown!



I made these blocks yesterday as part of Debra's Quilt Smackdown, organized to make quilt tops to be donated to a veteran's service program.  Debra and others made pyramid quilts, but I got inspired by a pattern I saw in an old magazine and decided to use up some of my big stack of 5" squares.


I set out these basic nine patches made up of the 5" squares. Choosing mostly greens and blues, I decided on red stars.  I had a lot of olive greens and the stars are a rusty red, so I avoided it looking too Christmas-y.  I really love the pops of turquoise and orange.
 


For the star points I sewed red 2.5 inch squares to four of the patches.  You could make the points from larger squares if you like.


Sew the small square to the big square diagonally.  I have one of these sewing guides designed to let you do this without marking, which does make things go faster.


Press the small square over toward the point.  Some people would clip away the layers under the small square, but I don't bother.


Voila!  A simple star block.  Eight down, only twelve more to go. 

8 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Yep, that's what I am talking about--fast, easy and successful!! That is a great pattern. (See me copying it.)

Kay said...

I love this pattern! Thanks so much. I can see it with six inch squares and larger points too.

Rian said...

Terrific pattern!! And a VERY sweet lil quilt!

Deb said...

Beautiful little design. Lots of options with scraps.

KatieQ said...

How clever! It's a great way to add interest to a basic charm square quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Debra Spincic said...

I looked through some old quilt books last night. I might return to doing some triangles again once my Angler gets here.

Scrap quilts are such a great way to try out design ideas too. These pyramid quilts are great for working out values. I'm thinking I should come up with some design idea to try with the star & square layout. Keeps the ole brain greased!

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

This looks like such fun! I'm going to join ing, and I posted it on my blog as well. I hope we get a tons of tops for Debra.

Magpie Sue said...

My first thought was that I'd get the triangles in the wrong corners for sure... but then I realized that you can put them wherever you need them! Truly a simple pattern - thanks for sharing. :- )