designed, pieced and quilted this quilt as a donation for Trinity
Episcopal Cathedral's 59th annual
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
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
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
setting triangles, and the red/black half square triangles and borders.
You will need these special
This quilt is perfect to learn
how to use the specialty rulers I love and use so much in my scrap
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.
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
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
with 2" jewel toned strips with right sides together. If
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
to the ironing board. Press the seam allowance towards the darker
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
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
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
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
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!
Now you can add the right sided
triangle to the remaining side of the star point unit. Trim
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
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!
For the large triangles, cut
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
cut two 7 1/4" squares. Cut once from corner to corner to yield 4
Quilting was done with signature verigated thread using "Fay
Feathers" by Lorien Quilting . 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
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
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.
Another close up of the
No Quilt is complete
without the label!