And here it is! My first tutorial on the shiny new blog.
Welcome to my new friends in the Cheer Circle! I’m excited to be joining you after some new year reorganizing. Let’s get right down to it, shall we?
Shadow Star (inspiration photo on Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams)
Shadow Stars Tutorial (12.5″ unfinished, 12″ finished block)
Cut list for ONE (1) block
White or white-on-white background (can be all one color/print or scrappy):
• Four (4) 2.5″ squares
• Six (6) 2.5″x4.5″ rectangles
• One (1) 2.5″x10.5″ rectangle
• One (1) 2.5″x12.5″ rectangle
Medium gray shadow:
• Five (5) 2.5″ squares
• Two (2) 2.5″x4.5″ rectangles
Pink and orange star points (can be all one color/print or scrappy):
• Four (4) 2.5″ squares in each color (for a total of 8)
Purple star center:
• One (1) 4.5″ square
• All seams are a scant 1/4″.
• Whether you put the pink or orange prints on the top and bottom doesn’t matter, but I recommend that each side of the star be one color.
Making the flying geese
1.) Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on all of the pink and orange pieces and on four (4) of the gray pieces.
2.) Pair up one (1) orange square with a white rectangle and one (1) orange square with a gray rectangle. Do the same for two (2) pink squares. Pair up two (2) gray squares with two (2) white rectangles. If you’re using directional prints for the star points and shadow points, you may want to pay attention to whether the diagonal lines on the squares need to point up and to the right on the rectangles, or down and to the right. If not using any directional prints (or you aren’t as OCD about that as me!), be sure that the diagonal lines are pointing up and to the right.
3.) Sew on the diagonal lines. This is an excellent time to chain piece! Once finished, trim 1/4″ away from the line that you just sewed, being sure that you’re trimming on the correct side of your sewn line (you should be cutting away the part where the corner of the colored square meets the corner of the white rectangle so that when you flip the colored piece back over the sewn line, it completes the rectangle shape again). Press towards the colored pieces.
4.) Line up your other squares on your freshly pressed rectangles so as to form a “V” shape. Sew on the diagonal lines, trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line, and press towards the colored pieces just as you did before.
Making the block
5.) Lay out all of your pieces in order to visualize how the block will be sewn together.
6.) We’ll begin by assembling the middle two rows. For the first three columns, flip the pieces from the bottom row onto the pieces in the top row. Sew together. Flip the piece from the top row onto the piece in the bottom row for the final column. Press towards the 2.5″ or 4.5″ squares.
*TIP: If you’ve never tried glue basting, this is a great time to try it! The rest of the steps for this block (unless you press seams open) can really benefit from the accuracy and stabilization of the bias edges that the glue provides. Cristy Fincher has a great tutorial on Amy Smart’s blog here if you’re interested. I use a small bottle that I found in the quilting section of my local big box store, but I’ve heard that her tips for Elmer’s bottles are great.
7.) Sew the first two columns together and the last two columns together. Press the first column towards the purple center square and the second column towards the orange star points.
8.) Sew these two newly created columns together, pressing towards the purple center square. Set aside.
9.) Assemble the top and bottom rows of the block by sewing a rectangle and square to either side of the star points. Press out towards the white squares and rectangles.
10.) Sew your newly created rows to the top and bottom of the center section of your star block, being sure to nest seams where they meet. I had better success pressing these seams OPEN, but you can also carefully press towards the purple center square.
11.) Sew the 2.5″x10.5″ rectangle to the left side of your star block. Then sew the 2.5″x12.5″ rectangle to the bottom of your star block. Press these seams out towards the white rectangles.
Your first block is finished! Follow the directions to make another. You can use all of the same prints, or mix it up with some new ones!
Once I receive everyone’s blocks, I’ll add one more 2.5″x12.5″ strip to the top or bottom of each row to slightly offset the stars from each other in the finished quilt top.
Until next time!