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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!

November 1, 2012   48 Comments

Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt

Get ready for a lot of pictures! I will apologize in advance, but I just had so much fun making this quilt and I couldn’t decide which photos to keep.

So, as I mentioned in my “quilt top” post for this one, I made this little quilt as a class example for next week’s Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. Kati and I are going to be teaching Shapes and Angles and will be going over partial seams, y-seams (via hexagons), equilateral triangles and diamonds.

Starfall Quilt

I designed this quilt using 3 types of star blocks that all incorporate partial seams, and then little wonky stars to fill in the spaces. The pieced blocks range in size from 6″ to 18″. The 12″ star is the Another Star block from my Solstice Stars Series. Except instead of making it the “cheating way” that I show in the tutorial (minus the partial seams), I do it the “correct way” (with the partial seams).

Starfall Quilt

I decided to use about 5 shades of tan, just from my stash, for the backgrounds. A few months ago I was itching to add some neutrals to my stash to have on hand for projects like this. I pulled out my solid color cards and just ordered 1/2 yard to 1 yard of a bunch of Free Spirit, Kona and Bella neutrals. I asked the shops to label them for me because I knew once they arrived it would be a bit tricky to figure out exactly what they were.

Starfall Quilt

The prints in this quilt are almost all by Denyse Schmidt – specifically her Chicopee line…I think I’ve mentioned how much I love it, yes? :) I hope you aren’t sick of seeing me use it yet, I’m sure I’m not done!

I mixed in some of Denyse’s fabric that she sells at JoAnns and also a print from Anna Maria Horner’s old Good Folks line because I wanted some more greens in there. I’m officially out of the one print I used, kind of makes me sad but I’m happy I was able to use it in a project that I love.

Starfall Quilt

This quilt is 36″ x 48″. I didn’t want to make it huge because I really don’t want to check a bag going to SLC. I am thinking of making this into a pattern and if I do that, it will likely be larger.

I struggle with writing patterns with scrappy piecing because it gets confusing when figuring out fabric requirements. When you make a pattern, are you ok with seeing fabric requirements that say “xyz yards total in a mix of prints” rather than having each amount of scrap prints spelled out? I’m going to think on it for awhile.

Starfall Quilt

I quilted this with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The backing is another one of Denyse Schmidt’s prints from JoAnns.

Those going to the Sewing Summit, I can’t wait to see you all next week! I hope if you see me you will come up and introduce yourself. Trust me, I know how it can be scary to meet new people. Believe it or not I can be pretty shy (except for teaching for some reason). For those staying home this time, I will try to take a lot of photos to share when I get back. I still have one more quilt I’m hoping to finish for another class example – fingers crossed!

October 4, 2012   52 Comments

Starfall Quilt Top

Starfall Quilt Top

If you are a regular visitor here, you know I’m teaching in a couple weeks at the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. One of the techniques we will be practicing is partial seams.

Starfall Quilt Top

I decided to make a quilt that features a few partial seam blocks. We won’t be making this quilt in class, but hopefully you will feel comfortable with this technique by the time you get home, so you can make your own partial seam blocks.

Starfall Quilt Top

In other news….tonight is the third Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting!

I’ll be doing a little presentation on “What is Modern Quilting”. I’ll bring this quilt finished too! If you live in the area, I hope you will come!

September 27, 2012   24 Comments

Poinsettia Pillow Goes to Quilt Camp

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I finished my Quilt Camp Poinsettia Pillow last week! This pillow (or mini quilt if you’d like) is the project I’m teaching at Quilt Camp in December. The individual block is a design by Nancy Cabot (1937) called Miller’s Daughter. I shrunk the block down in size, pieced 4 and added a border to make an 18″ pillow.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I quilted this pillow with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams (and beyond into the sashing). The fabric is mostly Denyse Schmidt’s latest line Chicopee which I’m officially in love with.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I also worked in a bit of her lines for JoAnns Fabric and a print from Anna Maria Horner’s discontinued line Good Folks. (I needed some green.) The neutrals are Art Gallery Fabrics Linen White and Free Spirit Design Solid Sand Dune.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

The back of the pillow is a simple envelope enclosure. I bound my pillow just like I would a quilt, so I can either use it on my couch, or hang it on my wall as a mini quilt.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

At my class in Quilt Camp, we will work on paper piecing the corners of each of these blocks and then piecing together the rest of the block. It is a great project for those that are new to paper piecing and/or want tips on precision piecing and getting everything to line up just right. There are still some spaces left for Quilt Camp. Check out my post from a few days ago for all the details and the link to sign up!

September 11, 2012   15 Comments