It’s time, it’s time, it’s time!
We are making blocks this week!
I’m sure you spent last week choosing your fabrics, but if you are just now tuning in the quilt along schedule and links to all prior posts are near the bottom of this page.
This Week’s Goal
This week’s goal is to get our fabrics cut and make 7 blocks. I love watching them come together, don’t you? It’s fun pairing up the fabrics!
I’m excited to see what you do with this pattern. Please post it on Instagram using the #quiltplusstardancequiltalong. And don’t forget the prizes to be awarded for doing so. There’s also a form to be entered to win Quilt+ thread box sets right here on this site. See this page for more details about prizes.
We’ve got a lot to get through today before it’s just easy breezy block making so let me just get to it.
Click the link above to view the PDF pattern. It’s a clickable pattern, making it easy for you to find me, my other quilt patterns and help at some of the steps not covered in the pattern like basting, quilting and binding (when we get there).
The pattern details how to cut each of your fat quarters to make the most of them, but please feel free to do your own thing. If you are going full on scrappy or just prefer not to use fat quarters, I say go for it!
- Before I started making the half square triangles, I went ahead and drew a line down all my 5″ background squares. This seems like no big deal, but now every time I’m ready to make a block, I just grab the blocks I need and I’m ready to sew.
- I also cut all my fabrics up at once and sectioned them off in stacks of A squares, B squares, and C squares (and put the 4.5″ squares to the side). Again, all I have to do is grab the squares I need for the block and sew.
- Double check the squares of each Star Dance block’s position before sewing. I will be the first to admit that one of them got away from me and I ended up having to do a little seam ripping to make it right. Oops!
More Details for New Quilters
- I talk a bit about how to make sure your points line up in the video. I cover this in even more detail with pictures on my own blog here. Strive for lining up your points, but don’t give yourself a headache over it. Quilting is fun first!
- If you need a more in depth crash course on making half square triangles, you’ll find that here (along with the ruler I use in the video).
- Chain piecing is the name of the game and it’s how I got all my half square triangles done more quickly. If you’ve never heard of chain piecing, visit this post.
Quilt Along Schedule
Where can I buy this thread?
Let’s not forget about the yummy thread I’m using! I’m actually saving the colorful spools for quilting and opting for the neutrals in my piecing work. What are you doing? I’d love to know if you piecing with one of the more brilliant shades! Leave us a comment below and tell us.
If you are an online shopper I’ve got you covered! You can find the threads at the following links:
Fabric.com – Find lots of spools here.
Quilting-Warehouse – Individual spools here
Annie’s Catalog – Has a few spools available here
Do you need help or have questions? Let’s connect: