Monday, August 01, 2011
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.