Hi everyone Donna here! Sewing is definitely a passion of mine. My passion, however, extends to fabrics as well as different types of yarns. So maybe it is more about textiles in general? To be truthful, I could spend hours in fabric stores and even longer in stores that specialize in yarn. This has lead to multiple cabinets and closets full of fabrics and yarns. That being said, I do plenty of sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. You may remember the post I did a while back on unfinished quilting projects, though, so even with all my determination, it is not easy to finish everything I begin.
Every now and again it is fun to just pull a pile of scrap fabric from my stash and see what I can create. This is a basic star pattern that requires the largest piece of fabric to be a 5 1/2 inch square.
One of the fun parts for me is to go through the closet and find fabrics that I like
together. I like to mix fabric types, so in this square I have plain cotton as well as cotton flannel. I did not have any wool that fit the color palette, but feel free to add those as well. Wool lends depth! Just be sure that you use washable wool or you will not be happy with the result. Anything I put on my tables needs to be washable. If it isn’t a grandchild spilling, it is my dear hubby.
I cut all my squares first. After you do your first star square, you will see how easy it is
to vary the look.
You will be using your rotary cutter, cutting mat, and nonslip rulers. If this equipment is new to you check them out on our supplies list HERE.
Background: one 5 1/2 inch square for small points and four 4 inch squares for the
Small points: one 5 1/2 inch square contrast
Large points: two 5 inch squares
Center: one 4 inch square
Corner stone: four 3 1/2 squares
Strip for border that is 3 1/2 inches wide. You will cut this later depending on your
Place your two 5 1/2 inch squares right sides together. Draw a pencil line diagonally,
cutting your square into 4 triangles.
Stitch your 2 squares together 1/8 inch from your lines as illustrated.
Open press the seam to one side. These are your small points.
Cut each of your two 5 inch squares from corner to corner diagonally giving you 4 triangles. These are your large points. In other words your 2 squares are now 4 triangles.
Sew one small point section and one large point section right sides together
using a 1/4 inch seam. Note: Unless otherwise stated, all quilt seams are 1/4 inch.
Next sew the top row and the bottom row to the center row. Your square is almost finished!
Square up your piece. Cut four strips to match your square.
First you will sew one strip to each side of your finished square.
Then sew the cornerstone square to each side of the two remaining strips. Attach these pieces to the top and bottom of the square.
Congratulations, you have a finished quilt square using only fabric scraps! Cut a piece of quilt or craft batting the same size as your square and a contrasting fabric to back the entire square. Quilting of this piece is quick and easy or as complicated as you want to make it. I will simply outline the star and stitch diagonally in each square and rectangle.
I like this pattern because it has endless variations, depending on what’s in your stash or how big you want your finished piece to be. You can simply make one square and use it on an end table or bedside stand for an accent or you can strip 4, 5, or 6 squares together and make a table runner. If you are really ambitious you can strip 10 or 12 squares together and then put 6 or 8 strips together to make a bed quilt, again depending on how large you want your final piece to be.
What will you do with your quilt star?
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