weekend away at a quilter's retreat gave me the opportunity to turn a
stack of long time UFO Puss-In-The-Corner blocks into a really fun
quilt set with wonky stars!
To make this quilt, you will
72 6" Puss-In-The-Corner blocks and 127 sashings with wonky star
points! You can make the quilt bigger or smaller depending on how
blocks and sashing units you want to make.
are the UFO blocks that brought about this project! Boring little
things, aren't they? They aren't even REALLY scrappy! Maybe that's what
stumped me about them. I didn't make them from my scraps.....the
middles of the blocks and the 4 corners are all the same fabric per
block. Ho Hum and Hum Drum! You can make yours scrappier if you want,
but here is how I made these...about 5 blocks at a time, by cutting
strips from FAT QUARTERS! (yes..I wasn't using scraps...I confess!)
For each set of 5 blocks you will need:
1 cream/neutral or shirting print FQ
1 red FQ (colors for me ranged from pinkish red all the way through
dark dark burgundy).
From the long side of each FQ, cut:
(2) 2" X 22" strips.
(1) 3.5" X 22" strip.
As above, match the two narrow light strips with the fat red
strip, and the two narrow red strips with the fat light strip. With
right sides together, sew the narrow strips to either sides of their
middle strips. Press seams towards the red fabric. You will end up with
two opposite panels like this!
Fold the "light in the middle"
panel in half,and trim the ends even. From this panel cut 5
(you are cutting through 2 layers) of end strips at 2" wide. If
you can get
pairs, fine! There may be some left over from the panel..that's okay,
set leftovers aside.
Fold the "red in the middle" panel
in half and trim the ends even. From this panel,you are going to make
subcuts at 3.5". This is the middle of the "puss" block. You need as
many middles as you have pairs. In my case, I cut 5 middles to go with
my 5 pairs of ends above.
Match end units to the middle units
with right sides together. Because you pressed towards the red
the seams should just oppose each other nicely so you can butt them up
without having to pin. Pinning is okay if you like to though!
just lazy!) Feed one pair through the machine, and without lifting the
presser foot, or clipping threads, simply feed the next pair under the
foot and needle so you have a whole line of units continually pieced
together. Take to the ironing board and press the seams towards the end
units. Clip threads between the units. Sew remaining end
units to the
other side of the block middle section in the same way. Press seams
towards the end units, and clip threads.
Repeat this little process making blocks in batches until you have
enough to make the quilt the size you want it.
Point Sashing Units!
This was the best retreat sewing
project! I had all my pieces rotory cut and in baggies, so when I
up at retreat I could just shove pieces through my machine and power
sew my way through the sashings.
For this quilt I cut:
(127) 3.5" X 6.5" gold base rectanges.
(254) 2" black squares
(254) 2.5" black squares.
(56) 3.5" black squares
My squares came from a few sources! The first thing I did
to my 2", 2.5", and 3.5" scrap square boxes and pulled out all the
black/grey squares that I had. I was still needing more, so I
my 2", 2.5" and 3.5" strip bins and pulled out scrap strips in these
sizes, and cut more squares from these widths. I was prepared to
to go cutting into FQ's to get MORE if I needed them, but I was able to
come up with all that I needed from the squares and the strips! What
you see here is two piles of strips in the 2" and 2.5" size...all ready
for trimming into squares to give me the amount I needed.
Take your 2" black squares,
and following the pictures above....lay the squares in the upper left
corner of the rectangle with right sides together and sew across
diagonal from corner to corner through both layers. If it helps
you can draw a diagonal line on your black square and use that line as
your sewing line. I just aim and shoot :c) This doesn't HAVE to
perfect because they are wonky!
Chain piece all the upper
corners. Trim excess approx 1/4" away from seam line. Repeat for
bottom right corners. Press seams towards star points. You should end
up with a whole pile of sashings looking like the 3rd picture above!
I'm sure you can guess what comes
next! Lay the 2.5" squares in the remaining empty corners.
on the diagonal as well. These are larger squares, and this is
gives the star it's wonky appearance! I didn't save the "bonus"
triangles from trimming the 2" corner squares. By the time they are
trimmed, there isn't anything worth saving...but these 2.5" corners? oh
YES!! These make me so excited. I just move my needle one
the right on my bernina which gives me a bit wider seam allowance, and
I double sew these corners...and trim between the seam lines. I now
have 254 little 2" unfinished half square triangle squares to trim up
and make into something fun! My guild is doing a minature
this year, so I might use them in that. I"m not sure yet!
After trimming off your bonus triangles, press the star points outward.
(seams towards the star points) At this point, if you feel your piecing
was really questionable, you can square up and trim all your sashings
so they still measure 3.5" X 6.5".
There wasn't room at quilt camp to
get pics of the quilt blocks laid out before I sewed them
Here is a mock-up showing you how the blocks are laid with the
sashings in between. The cornerstones are the black 3.5"
you cut above. Sew the quilt in rows, and sew the rows together to
complete the quilt top.
Here is a close up of my piecing!
(Complete with wayward threads!) You can see that I used a variety of
reds from pinkish red to a nearly black red. I also used blacks
grey to jet black. My blacks weren't all tone on tones or
Some had other colors in them and this added some more interest to the
quilt. I even used a black/white check and some stripes! When you
the blocks and sashings into rows....don't worry about matching star
points. The point between the two star triangles will NOT be
positioned to touch the corner stone square. The large triangle
overlap the small triangle, adding fun motion to the stars.
I added a black 2" cut
inner border, and a red 5" cut
Here is a detail shot (a bit
blurry, sorry!) of the quilting!
If you make this quilt,
I would be happy to display a picture of it here!
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!! Bonnie@Quiltville.com
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