Because I am a scrappy girl and
couldn't stand the thought of making a whole quilt out of only 3 or 4
fabrics...out came the neutral and green strips to combine with the
"main" fabrics! My thought was that I would make all the 4
patches in the 4 block corners scrappy, and also use scrappy 2" squares
as the cornerstone in the block corners. I added one more
"common" fabric..a gold for the sashings and the inner star
points. The background at the tips of the black diamonds are also
from scrappy 2" neutral squares.
The traditional name for this block
is Blackford's Beauty!
To make the 30 blocks, I needed
120 four patches pieced from strips! Of course you can do this
leader/ender style from individual squares, but I was in a HURRY!
This quilt has 30 12" blocks set 5 X 6 with 2" finished (2.5" cut)
sashing and cornerstones.
The next step is the sashings and
cornerstone pieces to the side and bottom of each 4 patch. See
wich direction the chains face? Be sure all chains are headed in the
same direction in this step! I cut the sheet music fabric for the
sashings at 2"X3.5". I needed 8 of these pieces for each 12"
block. For the total quilt that is 240 2"X3.5" rectangles.
I chain pieced them this way, adding a sashing rectangle to the right
side of each 4 patch, and a cornerstone one short side of each
remaining rectangle. Assemble them as shown into a modified 9
When all the cornerstones are rotated towards the center, the four
block corners look like this!
Star Point Fabric:
Out of the black note fabric I cut 240 more rectangles, this time
I also cut (240) 2" squares from the gold fabric for the inner star
I then pulled (240) 2" neutral squares from the 2" scrap square bin.
The star points on this quilt are "mirror image" pieces, meaning the
diamondpoints slant one direction on half of the points, and the other
half of the points slant the other way. Make two piles of 120
star point rectangles. Keep these in two separate piles so you don't
get them confused!
For the first 120, lay the inner
star square on top of the main star rectangle with right sides
together. Stitch on the diagonal across the inner star squares
from corner to corner being sure all the first 120 rectangles
face this same direction. Afteryou have chain fed these through, change
the direction of your sewing on the next 120 rectangles as shown in the
This is where you sew the neutral
squares on the diagonal on top of the other end of the star point
rectangles. The seams will go the SAME ANGLE as the inner star
seam....when all are sewn, trim excess and press seams towards the
You will have two piles of star
points that look like this! It takes four pairs of star points to make
each block. Sew all the rectangle pairs into units.
Cut 30 3.5" squares for the block
Lay out the block units like
this! It is sewn together in a simple 9 patch layout.
Stitch the units into rows, and sew the rows together to complete each
block. Make 30 blocks.
I set the quilt with 2.5" cut (2"
finished) sashings and 2.5" cut
cornerstones. There was just enough black fabric to frame the
quilt with a 1.5" cut inner border. A 5" cut outer border of
green tied it all together!
This pic shows a bit of the
quilting detail though the prints are busy! I had some extra
block corners that I used in the corners of the outer border. I
used the remainder of the sheet music fabric cut on the bias for a
diagonal stripe binding!
I had so much fun
making this quilt that I have plans to do another one in plaids, using
a red for the inner star. Just for fun I did a mock up in EQ 5!
Doesn't it look fun!! You could also do
each star out of the same plaid for the long star points, having each
star of a different plaid than the next. But I kind of like them random
A simple layout with 20 blocks and
sashings. each of the outer borders is a different plaid. Oh so
If you make this quilt, I'd love to display a picture of it here!
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!! Bonnie@Quiltville.com
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