Glorious Autumn: Autumn Star

Welcome to my stop of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Hop!

Today I’m very excited to be sharing a new quilt block tutorial with you, the Autumn Star. The Autumn Star is a 12.5″ x 12.5″ (unfinished) quilt square. The background consists of a variety of neutrals, starting from light at the top of the block and working their way darker as you go to the bottom of the block. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what I made with my star.) Let’s get started!


Autumn Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1: Cut your fabric. I decided to make my quilt block scrappy which meant cutting extra print fabrics so none of my HST (half square triangles) per size were the same. You don’t have to do this, I just liked the look. The below chart shows the minimum requirements for cut fabric. If you’d like your star to be extra scrappy like mine, you will need to cut extra prints per size.

Pattern Piece Color/Print Size Number to Cut
Background Tan/Neutral 1 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Tan/Neutral 2 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 3 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 4 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Cream/Text Print 2.5″ x 2.5″ 4
4.25″ x 4.25″ 4
Center Brown/Crosshatch 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1
Outer Star Points Various Prints 4.5″ x 4.5″ 4
Inner Star Points Various Prints 4.25″ x 4.25″ 4

Step 2: We will first assemble the inner star. Take your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ inner star point fabric and your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ cream/text print background fabric and cut them diagonally into HSTs. Pair up 1 of each print HST to 1 of the cream/text HSTs.

Step 3: Sew, right sides together, down the long end of the HSTs.

You should now have 8 squares.

Step 4: Trim your (8) squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 5: Using your quilting ruler, cut your squares diagonally in the opposite direction as your sewn seam, as shown below. You will now have (16) HSTs. Set aside 8 of these to use, and 8 for the scrap bin.

Step 6: Because I wanted a scrappy look, I decided to lay out my inner star points until I was pleased with the colors.

Once you are happy with the look, sew each of your HSTs together to form hourglasses as shown below.

Step 7: Trim your blocks to 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Step 8: Take your (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ Cream/Text Print squares, your 2.5″ x 2.5″ Center Square and your (4) Hourglass squares and lay them out like a 9 patch, as shown below.

Step 9: Sew the squares together into rows.

Step 10: Sew the rows together to form a 6.5″ x 6.5″ square.

Step 11: Now we will make the star points for the outer star. Take your (4) 4.5″ x 4.5″ outer star point fabrics and cut them diagonally into HSTs.

Take each of your 4.5″ x 4.5″ tan background fabrics (you should have 1 of each of your shades of tan) and cut them diagonally into HSTs too.

Again, I wanted my block to be scrappy so I laid out my fabrics until they were just right.

If you are doing the varied shades of tan like me, keep in mind that your top row is your lightest fabric and work your way down to the bottom row, your darkest fabric.

Step 12: Sew each of your print HSTs to your tan HSTs, resulting in 8 squares.

Step 13: Trim your squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 14: Layout your block using your sewn components and the remaining 3.5″ x 3.5″ tan background squares.

Step 15: Sew the top 4 squares together into a row. Sew the bottom 4 square together into a row. Sew the side 2 squares together into columns.

Step 16: Sew the left and right columns to the inner star you made in the first half of the tutorial.

Step 17: Sew your top and bottom rows to the middle rows.

You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful star!

I decided to add a bit of sashing to my block and turn it into a Fall pillow for my couch.

I free motion quilted the star portion (not the dark sashing) it in a nice meandering design. The backing is a great text print from Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew line.

I hope you enjoy making your very own Autumn Star. Be sure to check out Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn page for more tutorials, coupons and giveaways!

Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along Blog Hop

 

Today is my stop on Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along Blog Hop! This is going to be a great opportunity to dig into your scraps and make something really special. Jennifer will be posting a tutorial beginning October 9th so you can make a quilt from Monochromatic Improv Log Cabins. Love it!

Scraps by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the blog hop, Jennifer asked us to share our scraps and how we store them. I have a lot of scraps. It might not look like it, but they are so compressed in these baskets they are probably forming diamonds at the bottom.

Scrap Bins by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m not sure if I mentioned it ever, but I am really spoiled to live about 10 minutes away from the Crate and Barrel outlet store. These green wire mesh baskets came from there. I love the bright colors and the mesh is perfectly spaced so I don’t lose small pieces of fabric. Because yeah, I keep everything for some reason.

Scraps by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

I attempt to keep my scraps organized by warm/cool/solid colors. But my kids also love to play in my bins, so usually there is a bit of mixing up going on.

Scraps by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Jennifer’s Quilt-Along kicks off on October 9 with giveaways, special sales, discounts and all the details to get you started.

Sponsors:
The many prizes offered to those of you that join our quilt-along are graciously donated by the following sponsors. 



Timeline:
Scrappy Stash QAL starts October 9
Scrappy Stash QAL ends November 13
Link up finished quilt November 13-15
Prizes drawn November 16

Blog Hop:
The following fabulously talented ladies have so kindly offered to share their scrap secrets with you as well as helping spread the word about the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along. Be sure to stop by each day and check out their scrap storage!

10/1: Old Red Barn Co.
10/2: Imagine Gnats
10/3: Mermaid Sews and Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
10/4: Craft Buds
10/5: Kiss Kiss Quilt
10/6: Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle
10/7: My Go Go Life
10/8: Petit Lyons
10/9: QAL kick-off day at Ellison Lane Quilts!
10/10: Maureen Cracknell Handmade (QAYG tutorial!)

OK, who’s ready? Grab a button for your blog then pop on over to see Dana at Old Red Barn Co. and let’s get this party started!


Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along at Ellison Lane Quilts

Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party

Last year when Michele over at Quilting Gallery hosted Celebrate Christmas, a quilt block blog hop. I was lucky enough to participate in the party with my Starry Night quilt block tutorial.

Michele is at it again, but this time the theme is Glorious Autumn. Over the next 15 weeks, 45 designers will create 12″ blocks and share tutorials with you! There will be 3 blocks a week featured on the Quilting Gallery site (starting yesterday with Pat Sloan’s block). In addition to the blocks, there will be Super Deals for Quilters from all sorts of great online shops. Some of the designer’s post are also offering giveaways on their own site that everyone can participate in.

My block tutorial is scheduled for November 1st – I look forward to sharing it with you!

100 Quilts for Kids

100 Quilts for Kids is a charity quilt drive started in 2010 by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt and the DC Modern Quilt Guild. The first year, the goal was to create and collect 100 quilts to donate locally to children in need of some extra comfort. By the second year, several hundred quilts were made and donated. I’m sure the quilt drive will be even a bigger success this year.

100 Quilts for Kids

It’s very easy to participate. Simply make a quilt, donate it (locally if possible), and post a photo in the “Link Up” party, which also enters you to win a few fabulous prizes which are listed on Katie’s blog.

100 Quilts for Kids Blocks

For my quilt for donation, I decided to use my Quilting Bee Blocks from the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee which wrapped up earlier this year. I sent a lot of bright fabrics to my bee group and asked them to make scrappy log cabins.

100 Quilts for Kids Layout

I posted a photo on Instagram asking if people thought I should finish with sashing or no sashing – the vote was for no sashing and I think it looks great for a child, lots of color! The back is a collection of fat quarters and a half yard from my stash.

100 Quilts for Kids Back

The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.

100 Quilts for Kids Quilting

Some ideas of places to donate quilts are Project Linus, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, the (not related) Quilts for Kids organization, your local women’s shelter or your local hospital. If you are still stumped, check with your local quilt shop and I am sure they know of organizations in your area that need donations.

If you aren’t sure what sort of quilt to make, Katie is also hosting a quilt along as part of 100 Quilts for Kids. And finally, don’t forget to post photos of any finished quilt for the drive in the Flickr Group.

Thanks for donating everyone!