A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 12, 2011

S(n)ew Days are here!! Buy one pattern, Get one… FREE!!

Filed under: Quilting,Summer Star Sampler — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Hi my Quilty Friends!!

It’s been a snowy week here in Edmonton, how’s your local weather been? Are you trapped at home? Hopefully under a nice warm quilt with a hot bowl of homemade soup! Since these s(n)ewy days are great for getting lots done, I have a tempting offer for you. 🙂

From Wednesday thru Sunday midnight, when you purchase the Summer Star Sampler pattern, you will receive the Windowpanes pattern FREE!! Windowpanes is perfect for a sew snow day, as it can literally be finished in just a few hours.

So get busy shopping, then it’s time for s(n)ewing!!

Quilty hugs,
Bradie

October 4, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilted.

Filed under: Quilting,Summer Star Sampler — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

I am totally in love with this feathery center!

Look at the movement in that border.

Matty did a fabulous job on these blocks.

One of my faves.

Love it!

I think the diagonal cross hatching is so gorgeous.

The full quilt, before binding.

So many, many thank yous to my amazing Matty for quilting this quilt!

August 31, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 – Week Nine The End!!

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Nine of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The center of the center block.
Week eight…Finish piecing the center. Square blocks.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Assembling the rows.

The first set of instructions is for the advanced quilt layout. Lay out your blocks in a way you like. I moved mine around a couple of times before deciding on the final arrangement. 🙂 Stitch the top four blocks together in a row. Stitch the bottom four blocks together in a row.
The two blocks to the right and left of the center block will be joined in pairs, one above the other. See picture.

Border for Center Block

Rose Tone on tone
Cut THREE strips (2 1/2) X WOF.
Cut ONE strip into TWO pieces (20 1/2) inches long.
Cut the other TWO strips (24 1/2) inches long.
Stitch a (20 1/2) inch strip to each side of the center star. Press seams towards the rose border.
Stitch the (24 1/2) inches to the remaining two sides of the center block. Again press towards the border.

Putting together the Quilt Body

Stitch the two left blocks to the center. Then stitch the right pair of blocks to the center as well.
Then attach the top and bottom rows. Press these seams towards center block.

Inner Border

Custard Tone on tone – Cut SIX strips of fabric (2 1/2) inches X WOF. Sew three strips together and cut TWO strips (48) inches long. Sew the remaining three strips together and cut TWO strips (52 1/2) inches long.

Stitch the (48 1/2) inches strips to the sides of the quilt. Finish the inner border by stitching the (52 1/2) inch strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Outer Border

Brown Suede Large Floral – Cut SEVEN strips of fabric (6 1/2) inches X WOF. Sew three strips together and cut TWO strips (52 1/2) inches long. Sew the remaining four strips into pairs of two and cut TWO strips (64 1/2) inches long.

Stitch the (52 1/2) inches strips to the sides of the quilt. Finish the outer border by stitching the (64 1/2) inch strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

I must tell you all how happy I am that so many people have participated! I am so excited to see all your photos in the flickr group, and I can not wait to see all the completed quilts! Please continue to send pictures of your Summer Star Sampler Quilts. 🙂

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

August 24, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 – Week Eight

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 11:26 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Eight of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The center of the center block.
Week eight…Finish piecing the center. Square blocks.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Center Block Continued

There are several templates used for this block. In today’s post, I will give the first two which make up the center of the block. Download Templates A, B and C HERE!

Cutting Directions for Center Block

Brown Suede Tone on tone
Cut FOUR squares (3 1/8) X (3 1/8) inches. Use these squares to cut FOUR of Template A .
Cut FOUR squares (3)X (3) inches. Use these squares to cut FOUR of Template B .
Cut FOUR squares (2 1/4) X (2 1/4) inches. Use these squares to cut FOUR of Template C.
Chantilly sprinkles
Cut TWO squares (2 7/8) X (2 7/8) inches. Cut each square twice diagonally to finish with EIGHT triangles.
Cut FOUR squares (5 7/8) X (5 7/8) inches. Cut each square once on the diagonal to yield EIGHT triangles.
Cut TWO squares (1 3/4) X (1 3/4) inches. Cut each square once on the diagonal to yield FOUR triangles.
Cut EIGHT squares (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches. Cut each square once on the diagonal to yield SIXTEEN triangles.
Cut ONE squares (6 1/4) X (6 1/4) inches.
Brown suede large floral
Cut TWO squares (6 1/4) X (6 1/4) inches. Cut ONE square twice on the diagonal to yield FOUR triangles.
Rose Small floral
Cut EIGHT squares of (3 3/8) X (3 3/8) inches. Cut each square in half diagonally to yield SIXTEEN squares.

Piecing Center Block

First we will construct the outer corners of the block. The fabrics here are the brown suede template A and TWO of the chantilly 2 1/2 inch triangle. Lay out fabrics as shown. Mark center on both fabrics, and align before stitching.
Next fabric needed is the 1 3/4 inch chantilly triangles. Mark the center and stitch to one end as shown in the picture. Press towards the brown fabric. Make FOUR of these units.
For the next section of the corner, the fabrics needed are brown suede template B and TWO of the chantilly 2 1/2 inch triangle. Mark the center and stitch a triangle to each side of the brown suede patch. Press towards the brown fabric. Make FOUR of these units.
To make the next section the fabrics needed are the brown suede Template C patches and TWO (2 7/8) inch triangles. Align the patches as shown in the picture and stitch. Press towards the brown fabric. Make FOUR of these units.
Here is the layout for the entire corner patch. You will need the three template patches, plus FOUR of the rose floral 3 3/8 inch triangles.
The top row. Lay out a template A patch plus one of the rose triangles and stitch together as shown.
The center row consists of Template B patch plus TWO rose triangles. Stitch a triangle to each side of the patch as shown. NOTE the different orientation of the triangles.
The bottom row is made from the Template C patches and a rose triangle. Stitch the triangle to the patch as shown in the picture.
Lay out the three rows as shown in the picture. Align the intersecting seams and stitch the three rows together.
Make four corner units.
Now to make Half square triangle units with the (6 1/4) inch brown suede square and a (6 1/4) inch chantilly square.
Press the seams towards the brown fabric.
Cut each half square triangle in half diagonally to yield FOUR smaller two color triangles.
NOW LET”S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!!
To assemble the two smaller corner units the fabrics needed are TWO (6 1/4) inch brown triangles and TWO (5 7/8) inch chantilly triangles. Lay out the patches as shown in the picture.
Start by stitching the brown triangles to the chantilly triangles. Press towards the brown fabric.
Stitch the TWO brown/chantilly units to each side of the outer corner unit.
Make two of these units.
Stitch the TWO outer corners to the center block you made last week.
All we have left is make the remaining outer corners!! Layout your remaining patches as shown in the picture.
This time you will stitch the two color triangles to the chantilly triangles. Press towards the brown fabric.
Stitch those triangle units to the outer corner unit. Make two.
EEEEEK! Are you excited yet? I AM!!! Stitch the two remaining sections to the center section.
Here it is! The last and final block for the center of the quilt. This block should measure 20.5 inches square.
These are all my blocks laid out together…. I’m still fiddling with the layout, but I’m loving all the blocks together!
It is a good idea to square all your blocks at this time. The smaller blocks will measure 12.5 inches square, and the center will be 20.5. The remaining instructions include the center block border, plus the outer borders of the quilt.

I must tell you all how happy I am that so many people have participated! I am so excited to see all your photos in the flickr group, and I can not wait to see all the completed quilts! Please continue to send pictures of your Summer Star Sampler Quilts. 🙂

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

August 18, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 – Week Seven (Part One) whew!

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Six of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The advanced quilt version will make the center medallion block in week seven, and the beginners will have a week off or to catch up.
Week eight… brings squaring blocks and putting them together with sashings.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Center Block

There are several templates used for this block. In today’s post, I will give the first two which make up the center of the block. Download Templates ONE and TWO HERE!

Cutting Directions for Block Eleven

Rose dot
Cut FOUR of Template ONE.
Custard tone on tone
Cut FOUR of Template TWO.

Piecing Center Block

The first step is to sew the two different shapes together into four pairs. Begin with one of each fabric.
Place the template TWO piece, right side facing the template ONE piece, lining up the edge as shown in picture. Stitch down the aligned edge, slowly and carefully. These are bias edges and can easily stretch if you are not careful. Press towards the darker fabric.
These four pairs will create the four corners of the block. Next sew the top two together, then the bottom two.
Now stitch the top pair to the bottom pair, taking care to match the center carefully.
Yay! One step closer to finishing the center block!
Thank you so much to everyone for their patience while waiting for these tutorials! 🙂 We have been a very busy family these past few weeks with lots of big changes and adjustments to our schedules. I will do my best to get the remaining instructions out to you by the end of the week. BIG HUGS TO YOU ALL!!

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

August 15, 2010

The Block 12 Fixer Upper Post

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler — quiltcetera @ 9:57 am
Hello my quilty darlings!
Here are some alternate directions for block 12 which do not use the template from the earlier directions. IF you would still like to use the template, You can download the NEW and IMPROVED template HERE! 🙂
Cut your rose center square to measure (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches. Cut TWO brown rectangles (3 1/4) X (2) inches. Cut TWO brown rectangles (6 1/4) X (2) inches.
Stitch the two smaller rectangles to opposite sides of the center square. Press seams outwards.
Stitch the two larger rectangles to the remaining sides of the center square. Press seams outwards. This center will now measure 6 1/4 inches square.
Continue following the directions in the previous Block 12 post to finish the block.
YAY! All twelve small blocks are done….. onto the center. 🙂
Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

August 10, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 – Week Six

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Six of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The advanced quilt version will make the center medallion block in week seven, and the beginners will have a week off or to catch up.
Week eight… brings squaring blocks and putting them together with sashings.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Block Eleven

Cutting Directions for Block Eleven

Chantilly Dot –
Cut FOUR squares (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Cut ONE square (7 1/4) X (7 1/4) inches.
Rose tone on tone –
Cut FOUR squares (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Apple Green Small Floral –
Cut FOUR squares (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.

Piecing Block Eleven

The first step is to create the FOUR flying geese needed for the star points.
Fabrics needed for this step are:
The (7 1/4) inch square of chantilly dot, and
FOUR (3 7/8) inch squares of apple green floral. Create the four flying geese units using my flying geese tutorial. Trim and press the flying geese units.
The next step is to stitch the center four patch. For this step you will need TWO (3 1/2) inch chantilly dot squares, and TWO (3 1/2) inch rose squares. Lay out the fabrics as shown in the picture, and stitch together.
To complete the block, layout the patches as shown, and sew together in rows.
Finish by stitching the rows together.
Block eleven… done!

Block TWELVE

Cutting Instructions for Block Twelve

Download your template for Block Twelve HERE.
Brown Suede Floral –
Using your template, cut FOUR patches.
(1. Template is 1 7/8″ tall (including 1/4″ seam)
2. 3 1/8″ along the top edge (including 1/4″ seam)
3. bottom edge is very very close to 7″ including 1/4″ seam)
PLEASE NOTE!! Your template will be shorter than the center square by a quarter inch.
Find instructions for using quilting templates in yesterday’s blog post.
Sea Glass Green Sprinkles –
Cut FOUR squares (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inches.
Cut ONE square (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Rose Medallions –
Cut ONE square (3 3/8) X (3 3/8) inches.
Custard Ticking –
Cut TWO squares (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Cut ONE square twice on the diagonal to yield FOUR triangles.

Piecing Instructions for Block TWELVE

The first step is to make the center square with mitred corners..
Fabrics needed for this step are:

FOUR template cut patches of brown floral, and
ONE (3 3/8) X (3 3/8) inch squares of Rose Medallion.
Start by stitching one template patch to the side of the rose square. The rose square will be slightly longer than the brown template patch.

Mark the center of the square and mark the center of the template patch. Align these markings and pin in place.
Begin stitching a quarter inch from the edge, and stop stitch a quarter inch before the end.
Repeat with the opposite side and press these two seams outwards, towards brown fabric.
Attach the remaining two sides, making sure the attached sides are tucked out of the way. Press these two sides towards square center.
Here is a peek of the center block, before the corners are mitred.
To line up the sides for mitering, fold the center block diagonally.
Pin the sides together, starting closest to the center rose fabric. Begin stitching closest to the center, beginning a quarter inch from the start of the seam. Stitch out to the end, DO NOT stop a quarter inch early.
Now finish the remaining three corners.
A close up of the corner.
Now to make TWO half square triangles, for the star points. You will need the custard ticking (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inch square, and the sea glass sprinkles (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inch square. Mark both squares with TWO diagonal lines.
Place right sides facing, and stitch on both sides of one marked line. Cut on the marked line to yield TWO half square triangles.
Cut both squares in half diagonally to yield FOUR two color triangles.
Using TWO of the sea glass (4 1/2) inch squares, create two block corners with the two color triangles. Layout patches as shown and stitch together.
Now to make the remaining two corners. You will need the last TWO sea glass (4 1/2) inch squares, and the FOUR custard ticking triangles. Layout fabrics as shown, and stitch together.
Stitch one of these corner units to opposite sides of the center square.
To finish the block, layout in three rows and stitch together.
Now CELEBRATE!! Your first twelve blocks are DONE!!!

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

August 3, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 – Week Five

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Five of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The advanced quilt version will make the center medallion block in week seven, and the beginners will have a week off or to catch up.
Week eight… brings squaring blocks and putting them together with sashings.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Block Nine

Cutting Directions for Block Nine

Rose Small Floral –
Cut ONE square (4 7/8) X (4 7/8) inches.
Cut square once on the diagonal to yield TWO triangles.
Cut ONE square (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Brown Suede Large Floral –
Cut ONE square (4 7/8) X (4 7/8) inches.
Cut square once on the diagonal to yield two triangles.
Cut ONE square (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Cut twice on the diagonal to yield FOUR triangles.
Sea Glass Green Medallions –
Cut ONE square (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Cut FOUR squares (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inchs.

Piecing Block Nine

The first step is to create the center quarter square triangle.
Fabrics needed for this step are:
TWO (4 7/8) inch triangles of rose small floral, and
TWO (4 7/8) inch triangles of brown suede large floral. Stitch one brown triangle to a rose triangle. Repeat for the other two triangles.
Now stitch the two triangle patches together.
Now to make the two color triangles in the star points. Fabrics needed for this step are:
ONE (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inch square of rose small floral, ONE (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inch square of Sea Glass Green Medallions.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the rose and green squares.
Place squares right sides facing and stitch a quarter inch on either side of the marked line.
Cut apart the half square triangles using the marked line. Press patches open.
Cut each half square triangle in half on the diagonal. You will finish with four two color triangles.
Now to make two of the outer corners of the block. You will need the two color triangles and TWO of the sea glass green (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inch squares.
Now to make the last two outer corners of the block. You will need the two remaining sea glass green (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inch squares and the FOUR brown suede large floral (5 1/4) triangles.
Stitch the two outer corners you just made to opposite ends of the center block. Layout the patches as shown in the picture, and sew together.

Block TEN

Cutting Instructions for Block Ten

Brown Suede Tone on tone –
Cut SIXTEEN square (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches.

Cut TWO squares (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.

Sea Glass Green Large Floral –
Cut TWO squares (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Rose dot –
Cut FIVE squares (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inches.

Piecing Instructions for Block TEN

The first step is to make four mini snowball blocks for the outer corners.
Fabrics needed for this step are:

FOUR (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inch squares of rose dot, and
SIXTEEN (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inch squares of Brown suede.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the brown suede squares.

Stitch a brown square in opposite corners of a rose dot square.
Sew directly on the line.
Trim away the outer corners leaving a quarter inch seam. Press patches open.
Stitch two more brown suede squares in the remaining corners of the rose dot square.
Trim away the outer corner, and press blocks open.
Next we need to stitch up FOUR quarter square triangles. Fabrics needed here are the
TWO squares of sea glass green measuring (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches and
TWO squares of brown suede measuring (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Mark two diagonal lines on the back of all four squares. Place one of each color right sides together and stitch a quarter inch on each side of the marked line.
Trim the blocks apart and press open to yield FOUR half square triangles.
Place two patches right sides facing, lining up a brown side with green side. This time, stitch on either side of the second diagonal marked line using a quarter inch seam allowance.
Trim the squares apart on the marked line for a second time and press open. The yield will be four quarter square triangle patches.
Lay out blocks as shown in picture. Stitch together in three rows, then stitch the three rows to finish the block.
Block ten DONE!! Can you believe it? We only have two more small blocks to go!!!!

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

July 27, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along – Week Four

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 8:56 am

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Four of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The advanced quilt version will make the center medallion block in week seven, and the beginners will have a week off or to catch up.
Week eight… brings squaring blocks and putting them together with sashings.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Block Seven

Cutting Directions for Block Seven

Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Apple Green Sprinkles –
Cut FOUR squares (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Cut FOUR squares (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Chantily Cream Tone on tone –
Cut FOUR squares (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Rose Sprinkles – Cut FOUR squares (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.

Piecing Block Seven

The first step is to create the center pinwheel using half square triangles.
Fabrics needed for this step are:
TWO (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inch squares of chantilly cream, and
TWO (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inch squares of Rose Sprinkles.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the two chantilly squares,
and place right sides facing with the two rose squares. Stitch a quarter inch on each side of the marked line, and cut apart using the marked line. Press seam towards to rose fabric.
Layout the patches as shown in the picture and stitch the center pinwheel together.
Now to make the star points from half square triangles. Fabrics needed for this step are:
TWO (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inch squares of chantilly cream, TWO (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inch squares of Rose Sprinkles, and FOUR (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inch squares of Apple Green Sprinkles.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the rose and chantilly squares. Match the rose and chantilly squares both with apple green squares and stitch on either side of the diagonal line. Cut on the marked line and press.
To make the star points, sew a rose half square triangle together with a chantilly half square triangle as shown in the picture.
Layout the patches as shown and sew together in rows. Stitch the rows together to finish the block.
Block Seven is complete!

Block EIGHT

Cutting Instructions for Block Eight

Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Apple Green Medallions –
Cut ONE square (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Apple Green Sprinkles –
Cut FOUR squares (2 7/8) X (2 7/8) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Chantily Cream Tone on tone –
Cut FOUR squares (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches.
Cut ONE square (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Rose Tiny Floral –
Cut EIGHT squares (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches.
Moda Fresh Cottons Fig Tree Quilts Custard Tone on tone –
Cut FOUR rectangles (8 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches.
Cut FOUR squares (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inches.

Piecing Instructions for Block Eight

The first step is to make four flying geese.
Fabrics needed for this step are:

ONE (5 1/4) X (5 1/4) inch square chantilly cream, and
FOUR (2 7/8) X (2 7/8) inch squares of Apple Green Sprinkles.
Find my tutorial for making flying geese units here.

Next step is to make the center star.
You will need the (4 1/2) X (4 1/2) inch square of apple green medallion fabric,
and the FOUR (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inch squares of chantilly cream.
Layout your patches as shown, and sew the star together in rows.
Stitch the rows together.
To create the star points in the outer ring of the block, you will the following fabrics:

FOUR (8 1/2) X (2 1/2) inch rectangles of Custard Tone on tone,
and the EIGHT (2 1/2) X (2 1/2) inch squares of rose tiny floral.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the rose squares.
Lay one rose square on each end of a custard rectangle as shown.
NOTE: The angle is very important, so be sure it is accurate.
Stitch on the marked line.
Trim off the outer corner, leaving a quarter inch seam allowance, and press seams outwards.

Trim off the outer corner, leaving a quarter inch seam allowance, and press seams outwards.
To finish the block, layout the patches as shown in picture. Sew together in rows, and sew the rows together.
You have finished Block Eight!

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

July 20, 2010

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Week Three

Filed under: Summer Quilt Along 2010,Summer Star Sampler,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 8:38 pm

Welcome back everyone! Here you will find instructions for Week Three of Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010.

Both versions of the Summer Star Sampler have the same 12 basic blocks. For the first six weeks, everyone will have the same instructions for making blocks.

Here are the fabric requirements in case you missed it.

Download Advanced Fabric Requirements (Advanced w/large center block) Download Advanced Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Advanced Summer Sampler

Download Beginner Fabric Requirements (Beginner without center block) Download Beginner Fabric Requirements
Here’s another look at the finished Beginner Summer Sampler

Week One – blocks one and two.
Week Two – blocks three and four.
Week Three – blocks five and six.
Week Four – blocks seven and eight.
Week Five – blocks nine and ten.
Week Six – blocks eleven and twelve.
Week Seven… The advanced quilt version will make the center medallion block in week seven, and the beginners will have a week off or to catch up.
Week eight… brings squaring blocks and putting them together with sashings.
Week nine… will be the borders.

Please use this pattern only for your very own personal use. 🙂
If you own a quilt shop or would like to use these patterns in some other way, they will be available for sale very soon. Contact me if you are interested.

Feel free to join the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along 2010 Flickr group and share your fabrics and progress! I would LOVE to see what you have created!! You can find the Flickr group here.

Back to Week One – Blocks 1 and 2

Block Five

Cutting Directions for Block Five

Apple Green Sprinkles – Cut ONE square measuring (6 1/2) X (6 1/2) inches.
Sea Glass Green Ticking – Cut EIGHT squares measuring (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Cut ONE square measuring (7 1/4) X (7 1/4) inches.
Rose Large Floral- Cut FOUR squares measuring (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.

Piecing Block Five

The first step is to make the center snowball block.
These are the two fabrics you will use to make the center block..
ONE square Apple Green Sprinkles measuring (6 1/2) X (6 1/2) inches
FOUR squares Sea Glass Green Ticking measuring (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the sea glass (3 1/2) inch squares.
Place a sea glass square in one corner of the apple green square.
Sew directly on the marked line.
Place a second sea glass square in the opposite corner and stitch again on the marked line.
Trim away the outer corners leaving a quarter inch seam allowance. Press seams towards center.
Repeat with the remaining squares in the two remaining corners.
Trim the outer corners and press seams towards the center of the block.
The next step is to make four Flying geese for the star points.
These are the two fabrics you will need.
ONE square Sea Glass Green Ticking
measuring (7 1/4) X (7 1/4) inches. &
FOUR squares Rose Large Floral measuring (3 7/8) X (3 7/8) inches.
Find my tutorial for making flying geese units here.
Now to finish up the block you will need the remaining
FOUR squares of Sea Glass Green Ticking measuring (3 1/2) X (3 1/2) inches.
Lay out the block as shown, and sew together in three rows.
Block Five is finished!

Block SIX

Cutting Instructions for Block Six

Custard Sprinkles – Cut ONE strip measuring (1 3/4) X (12) inches.
Cut ONE strip measuring (2 7/8) X (8) inches.
Cut FOUR rectangles measuring (1 3/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Brown suede Large Floral -Cut SIX squares measuring (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches.
Chantilly Cream Tone on tone -Cut TWO squares measuring (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches.

Cut ONE square measuring (6) X (6) inches.
Cut ONE strip measuring (2 7/8) X (12) inches.

Brown Suede Tone on tone -Cut ONE strip measuring (1 3/4) X (8) inches.

Piecing Instructions for Block Six

The first step is to make the center pinwheel.
These are the two fabrics you will use to make the center square.
TWO squares of Chantilly Cream Tone on tone measuring (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches. &
TWO squares Brown suede Large Floral measuring (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches.
The center pinwheel is made of four Half Square Triangle units.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the two chantilly cream squares.
Place a cream square face to face with a brown square, and stitch a quarter inch to the left, and a quarter inch to the right of the marked line. Cut the HST apart using the marked line. Repeat with the remaining cream and brown squares.
Press seams towards the darker fabric.
Trim away the tiny triangles to reduce bulk in your seams.
Lay out the HST as shown in the picture.
Stitch the four HST together to complete the center pinwheel for block six.
The next step is to make strip sets for the outer corners of the blocks. These are the fabrics needed for this step.
ONE strip Custard Sprinkles measuring (2 7/8) X (8) inches. &
ONE strip of Brown Suede Tone on tone measuring (1 3/4) X (8) inches.
Stitch these two strips together and press towards the brown fabric. From this strip set , sub cut sections (1 3/4) inches wide.
The second strip set needs the following fabrics:
ONE strip of Custard Sprinkles measuring (1 3/4) X (12) inches.
ONE strip of Chantilly Cream Tone on tone
measuring (2 7/8) X (12) inches.
Stitch these two strips together and press towards the cream fabric. From this strip set , sub cut sections (2 7/8) inches wide.
The next step is to stitch the flying geese for the star points.
These are the two fabrics needed for this step:
FOUR squares Brown suede Large Floral measuring (3 1/4) X (3 1/4) inches.
ONE square of Chantilly Cream measuring (6) X (6) inches.
Make four flying geese using my tutorial which you can find here.
Next you will attach a strip to each flying geese unit.
Fabric needed is:
FOUR rectangles of Custard Sprinkles measuring (1 3/4) X (5 1/4) inches.
Layout the patches like you see in the photo.
Stitch the rectangles to the flying geese units.
Press towards the flying geese.
After all that hard work, it is time to put block six together!!!
Layout the patches you have created like you see in the photo.
Stitch together in three rows.
The finished block. Two more blocks DONE!! We are officially half way through the smaller blocks!

Please send me any questions you may have regarding this quilt along. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to FatQuarterShop.Com for their enthusiasm and support of this project!

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