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.

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

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

Solstice Stars Series ~ A Finished Quilt

Solstice Stars Series

This post feels so good to write! Last winter I hosted a quilt along on my blog called the Solstice Stars Series (see tab at the top of my blog). I wanted to make a quilt that focused on traditional stars, but arrange them in a non-traditional way. I purposely only made 5 stars so we would all be a bit forced to think outside of the box regarding the quilt layout.

Solstice Stars Series Steps

My quilt top has been sitting finished for months. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt it…I had some dreams of hand quilting. But last week I decided to face reality, it was not going to happen. I feel like every second of my day is filled up and I really wanted to finish this quilt. So I decided to try one of the free motion quilting techniques in Angela’s new book, a double loop.

Solstice Stars Series Quilting

I’m really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I love the colors (the fabric is Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson). The scrappy part of the quilt is similar to my Good Folks Scrappy quilt. You basically just cut strips of varying widths and sew them in columns. Then you sew the columns together until you have your desired width of quilt top.

Solstice Stars Series Detail

The back is a mixture of a solid I had around the house and left over fat quarters from the Secret Garden line. The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solid Flamingo.

Solstice Stars Series Back

The final quilt measures 54″ x 60″. You can find links to all the star tutorials as well as more layout ideas on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of my blog.

Let’s Talk Quilt Top Layouts

When I decided to make *just* five stars for the Solstice Stars Series, I know a lot of people were thinking “what the heck am I going to do with five blocks?”. Some of you used this as a skill builder, some made pillows, those are both great options! But I had a quilt in mind.

I think that it is easy to fall into the mindset that you have to have 12 blocks, or 20 blocks, or some bigger number, to make a quilt. I wanted to challenge myself, and you, to think about your quilt layout in a nontraditional way.


A lot of times, I hear people say they really love the minimalistic piecing of quilt backs that you see on blogs and Flickr. Why not take that sort of design and make it the quilt front?


If you do want your entire quilt to be stars however, you can always repeat the blocks in an interesting fashion, or combine with other stars and make a star sampler. These additional stars happen to have tutorials available as part of the Summer Sampler Series.


You can even take just one block and repeat it for an entire top. And by changing the shade of the fabrics, create a very interesting effect.


I hope this helps get those creative juices flowing! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes.

Solstice Stars Series : Two Colors Star

Welcome to week 5 of the Solstice Stars Series! This is our last star and I really hope everyone has enjoyed the series. Don’t forget you can catch up on all the previous tutorials by clicking on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of the page. Later this week I plan on posting some ideas for quilt tops, just to get those creative juices flowing.

Today we will be making the Two Colors Star. This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 454 and the original source of the design is Comfort, a periodical from Augusta, Maine that was published from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.

I had several thoughts when deciding how to make this star. In the end, I wanted this block to be accessible to all skill levels of quilter, so I opted for half square triangles (HSTs) and squares. I know this adds more seams, but again, I think this was the best method to reach everyone out there, including beginners. Let’s get started!

Two Colors Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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

Step 1. Cut your fabric. When cutting fabric for paper piecing, you will be cutting rectangles that will be larger than needed.

Pattern Piece Fabric
Corners Cut 4 4.5” x 4.5″ White/Background
Background Cut 6 3” x 3”, cut
Star Color 1 Cut 4 2.5” x 2.5” Color/Print 1
Star Color 1 Cut 4 3” x 3”, cut
Color/Print 1
Star Color 2 Cut 4 2.5” x 2.5” Color/Print 2
Star Color 2 Cut 2 3” x 3”, cut
Color/Print 2

Step 2. Take your white/background half square triangles (HSTs) and your print HSTs and sew them together into squares.

Step 3. Trim your HSTs to 2.5″ squares. Tip: Use the diagonal line on your quilting ruler as a guide down your seam. This ensures an equal trim on all sides of your square.

Trim first two sides:

Turn and trim other two sides:

Step 4. Layout your star as below:

Step 5. We will now assemble the tiny squares into larger squares, creating a nine patch square. Sew the sets of four, 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares together. This will create 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares as seen below.

Step 6. Sew your blocks together into rows.

Step 7. Sew your rows together. You’re done!

Be sure to post your block photos as well as any questions in the Flickr group.