A Special Donation Quilt with a Special Purpose!

Quilt is a queen coverlet, measuring 91"X91".

I
designed, pieced and quilted this quilt as a donation for Trinity
Episcopal Cathedral's 59th annual

Trinity Bazaar held on Nov 3rd, 2007. The lucky winner is Melanie Grimm, of Frankfurt, Germany! Congrats Melanie!

Trinity Bazaar held on Nov 3rd, 2007. The lucky winner is Melanie Grimm, of Frankfurt, Germany! Congrats Melanie!

Dean Linder drawing the winning ticket!

I love two block quilts!
Especially when you are playing with asymetrical blocks, you can create
diagonals, X's and when put on point, as the alternate block is in this
quilt.....you get the illusion of columns floating behind the stars and
checkerboards!

This quilt was inspired by the beautiful colors in the stained glass windows of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, SC. The sun shining through those windows is a sight to behold.

The two blocks in this quilt are a modified "54-40 or Fight" star block, and a modified "Jacob's Ladder". You will need 36 star blocks and 25 ladder blocks to make this quilt. The blocks finish at 9" each.

All the lights and jewel tones for the 4 patches came out of my 2" and 3.5" scrap bins. I did use yardage for the blue star points, the black setting triangles, and the red/black half square triangles and borders.

This quilt was inspired by the beautiful colors in the stained glass windows of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, SC. The sun shining through those windows is a sight to behold.

The two blocks in this quilt are a modified "54-40 or Fight" star block, and a modified "Jacob's Ladder". You will need 36 star blocks and 25 ladder blocks to make this quilt. The blocks finish at 9" each.

All the lights and jewel tones for the 4 patches came out of my 2" and 3.5" scrap bins. I did use yardage for the blue star points, the black setting triangles, and the red/black half square triangles and borders.

You will need these special
rulers!

Tri Recs Rulers

These rulers make cutting the long skinny star points and tall triangles a breeze! The rulers are notched so the pieces line up perfectly. The seam allowance is already added to the ruler, so you cut your triangles based on the unfinished size of the unit. If I wanted my square to finish at 3", (two star points and one big triangle make a square unit) I would be able to cut all pieces from 3.5" strips! Since this is a strip size I use in my scrap quilting alot, these rulers really come in handy.

The Easy Angle Ruler

I use this ruler to cut 1/2 sq triangles from strips without having to add that 7/8" to the finished size! You just add 1/2" to the finished size to cut your strip, and the rest of the math is added in for you on the angled side. Cut matched sets with your strips right sides together and you are ready to just feed the 1/2 sq triangle pairs through your machine. This works GREAT with my scrap strips, because I don't have that 7/8" to worry about. It works with the sizes of strips I have already cut.

Both blocks have five 4-patches made from jewel toned scrap strips. You will need 305 4-patches! Does that sound a bit daunting?

This quilt is perfect to learn
how to use the specialty rulers I love and use so much in my scrap
quilting!

Tri Recs Rulers

These rulers make cutting the long skinny star points and tall triangles a breeze! The rulers are notched so the pieces line up perfectly. The seam allowance is already added to the ruler, so you cut your triangles based on the unfinished size of the unit. If I wanted my square to finish at 3", (two star points and one big triangle make a square unit) I would be able to cut all pieces from 3.5" strips! Since this is a strip size I use in my scrap quilting alot, these rulers really come in handy.

The Easy Angle Ruler

I use this ruler to cut 1/2 sq triangles from strips without having to add that 7/8" to the finished size! You just add 1/2" to the finished size to cut your strip, and the rest of the math is added in for you on the angled side. Cut matched sets with your strips right sides together and you are ready to just feed the 1/2 sq triangle pairs through your machine. This works GREAT with my scrap strips, because I don't have that 7/8" to worry about. It works with the sizes of strips I have already cut.

So
Let's get started!

Both blocks have five 4-patches made from jewel toned scrap strips. You will need 305 4-patches! Does that sound a bit daunting?

It really does go fast, and you can
do them a batch at a time until you have enough. Match 2" light
strips
with 2" jewel toned strips with right sides together. If
one strip
was shorter than the other, I just matched a new strip up to the long
one and kept sewing in one continuous chain until I had about a mile of
strips piled behind my machine! Trim between the pairs and take
them
to the ironing board. Press the seam allowance towards the darker
fabric.

Use your rotory cutter and ruler to trim the end even and then subcut into 2" sections. I ended up with a whole bin of pairs!

Use your rotory cutter and ruler to trim the end even and then subcut into 2" sections. I ended up with a whole bin of pairs!

Match the pairs right sides
together into 4patches and feed them continuously through the
machine. Press them open.

Jacob's Ladder blocks and Half
Square Triangles:

Each Jacob's ladder block uses 4
black/red half square triangle squares so you will need a total of 100
triangle squares! The Easy Angle ruler makes this easy. Cut 3.5" strips
of both your black and your red fabric. Iron the strips, and lay
them
carefully with right sides together, black on top of red. Use the
ruler to square off the end, and use the 3.5" marking on the ruler to
cut your matched pairs of triangles. I like how one point is
nubbed
off when you cut with the ruler. It makes it very easy to feed the
pairs through. There will be only one dog ear you will need to trim
after pressing the seams to one side.

Now you have a nice little pile of
4 patches, and a pile of half square triangles to go with them. We are
ready to construct the Jacob's Ladder blocks so you will feel like you
are getting somewhere :c) In these blocks all the jewel toned
chains
will go in the same direction so that when you lay them with the star
blocks, they will make 16-patch units between the stars.

The chains are going the right way in this picture!

The chains are going the right way in this picture!

Can you see why this one is
wrong?
Look at the bottom right corner....it needs to be rotated so the chains
all go from the bottom left to the top right of the block. Be
careful
when you sew, I almost sewed this one this way! Sew the units into
rows, and sew the rows together to complete the block. Here are
25
blocks laid out on the floor. You can see how the red/black triangles
make a "floating" strippy set!

Tri-Recs Star Points!

You will be cutting the star points
and the background from 3.5" strips! Let's cut the backgrounds
first.
There are 36 stars and each star uses 4 star point units. So, we
will
need a total of 144 background triangles cut from the 3.5" neutral
scrap strips.

The star points themselves require
a bit of thinking! We need half the pieces in reverse image. So when
you lay your 3.5" star point strips down, fold them in half with right
or wrong sides together before trimming and cutting. This way you will
have pairs of opposites and your star points will come out right.
You
need 144 pairs of opposing triangles!

There is only one way the star
point triangles will work on your background triangle! Start by folding
the left hand star point down on top of the background triangle. See
how they line up so nice? Continually feed these through the machine
until you have all the left hand triangles sewn on. Clip between
them
and press towards the star point.

Now you can add the right sided
triangle to the remaining side of the star point unit. Trim
between
the units and press towards the star points! Look at the pile of them!

Once you lay your units out like
this, assembly is as simple as sewing a 9 patch together. Sew the units
into rows, and sew the rows together to complete 36 star blocks. Be
SURE
all the chains are going in the right direction, the same direction
they went in the Jacob's Ladder blocks!

Here they are, all laid out on the floor of my den!

Setting Triangles:

Quilting was done with signature verigated thread using "Fay Feathers" by Lorien Quilting .

Here they are, all laid out on the floor of my den!

Setting Triangles:

For the large triangles, cut
five
14" squares. Cut the squares from corner to corner with an X to yield
setting triangles with the straight of grain on the LONG edge of the
triangle. This will minimize edge flaring. For the 4 corner
triangles
cut two 7 1/4" squares. Cut once from corner to corner to yield 4
corner triangles.

When assembling a quilt on the
diagonal, you will start at one corner, working in increasing rows
across the diagonal of the quilt. I like to sew the rows to each other
as they are assembled because it keeps the pieces in order for me (less
messing up on the floor) and I can't wait to see progress by this
time!
I generally sew the quilt top in two diagonal halves, and then sew the
two halves together to complete the top. This keeps the quilt
sections
from being too unweildy as you are working towards that oppsite corner.

I added a 2" cut red inner border to the quilt center, and then framed the quilt with a 5" cut blue outer border to finish the top.

I added a 2" cut red inner border to the quilt center, and then framed the quilt with a 5" cut blue outer border to finish the top.

Quilting was done with signature verigated thread using "Fay Feathers" by Lorien Quilting .

Another close up of the
quilting!

No Quilt is complete
without the label!

Questions or Comments? I would love to hear from you!! Bonnie@Quiltville.com

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