Friday, October 26, 2012

Finishing the Star Sampler Quilt!!

Okay, I’m super excited.  This is the big reveal of my first quilt along.  The Star Sampler Quilt we have been working on for the last twelve weeks.  Are your blocks done?  If not, maybe the finished quilt pictures will inspire  you to get going and finish your last few blocks.

Star Sampler Quilt Along

Star Sampler 2

I love all the bright colors in this quilt.  I decided to keep the borders super simple so they wouldn’t distract from the blocks themselves, but it needed a little pop.  Hence, the bright blue polka dot border and striped binding. 

Star Sampler Quiilt Folded

I loved the blue polka dot so much, I even chose it for the backing…

Star Sampler Quilt 2

You can finish yours anyway you want, but just in case you wanted a few details on how I finished mine, here they are:

The sashing strips, inner cream border, and dotted border are all 2 1/2 inches.

The outer border is 4 1/2 inches.

The finished quilt size is 56 x 70.

If you want more specific instructions, please let me know.  And, send my your pictures!  I would love to see other versions of the Star Sampler Quilt.  Thanks so much for doing this with me!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Star Sampler Quilt Along–Block 12

It’s the last block!  I’m super excited to show you this one.  As I was searching through my archives of star blocks, I just couldn’t find what I wanted.  So, I decided to design my own.  I know that somewhere out there, somebody has probably made this block (it’s not that complicated), but I sure couldn’t find it.  So, I’m introducing it as Stormy’s Star!  Let me know if you know it by another name.

Star Sampler Quilt A Long


Stormys Star Fabric

Fabric 1 – Background – (8) 2 7/8 in squares and (4) 2 1/2 in squares and (2) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 in rectangles and (2) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 in rectangles.

Fabric 2 – Yellow Floral – (8) 2 7/8 in squares

Fabric 3 – 11 – Center – (1) 2 1/2 in square of each fabric


Stormys Star Step 1

Draw a diagonal line along the back of all the Fabric 2 – 2 7/8 in square blocks.


Stormys Star Step 2

Stack the Fabric 2 squares RST with the background 2 7/8 in squares.  Sew 1/4 in seam along both sides of the drawn line.


Stormys Star Step 3

Cut the squares along the drawn line.


Stormys Star Step 4

Press open and trim squares to 2 1/2 inches.


Stormys Star Step 5

Lay out quilt block as shown.


Stormys Star Step 6

Sew together top and bottom row, then sew the side blocks together.  Sew the center 9 patch together and add the side 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 strips.  Then sew on the top and bottom 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch strip.


Stormys Star Step 7

Sew the side half square triangle strips on.  Press, then sew the top and bottom strips on.  Your finished!  Yeah!  All the blocks are done.  Now for the finishing…..


Monday, October 15, 2012

Star Sampler Quilt Along–Block 11

I know, I’m a few days late posting block 11We had family in town for four days and I think I have spent about five minutes in front of my computer.  So, here it is Squares and Stars (just a little late).

Star Sampler Quilt Along


Squares and Stars Fabric

Fabric 1 – Background – (4) 2 1/2 in. squares and (8) 2 7/8 in. squares

Fabric 2 – Floral on white – (1) 4 1/2 in. square and (4) 2 7/8 in. squares

Fabric 3 – Small Floral – (4) 2 1/2 in. squares and (4) 3 in. squares

Fabric 4 – Blue Dot – (8) 2 7/8 in squares


Squares and Stars step 1

Draw a line on all the background squares and Fabric 2 (not shown)  2 7/8 in squares.


Squares and Stars step 2

Now we are going to stack all of our 2 7/8 in. squares together to form all of the Half Square Triangles.  I hope I can make some sense of this….  Stack:

Four – Background and Fabric 3

Four – Background and Fabric 4

Four – Fabric 2 and Fabric 4

Then sew a 1/4 in seam along each side of your drawn lines.  Cut each square along the drawn line to form two half square triangles.  Are you still with me?


Squares and Stars step 3

Now, you get to press and trim all the half square triangles you just made to 2 1/2 inches.


Squares and Stars step 4

Lay out all your pieces to form your block.


Squares and Stars step 5

Instead of sewing this block row by row (which I think would be much harder to match the corners).  I made four patches from the smaller 2 1/2 inch blocks, then sewed the four patches together by rows.

One more block to go!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Balloon Weekend

We don’t live very far away from Albuquerque, but for various reasons we never made it to the balloon festival…. until now.  I can tell you it was awesome, but I’d rather show you.

Balloon Festival 2012

The kids LOVED these….

Horton BalloonMadagascar Balloon

pink elephant balloon

Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2012

Can you spot Elvis?

Balloon Festival 2

This was my favorite….

Butterfly Balloon

They even had a quilt raffle featuring some of the favorite balloons of the past few years.  (I’m crossing my fingers!) I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture.  I borrowed the picture from the New Mexico Quilt Association web page. Isn’t it awesome?

Balloon Festival Quilt

If you ever get a chance to go, it is totally worth it.  We will definitely be going again.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Star Sampler Quilt Along–Block 10

For this week’s star, I decided to throw in a traditional block, the Ohio Star.  It’s easy, quick, and I think, quite pretty.  It’s amazing all the different looks you can get by just switching up your fabric a bit.

Star Sampler Quilt A long


Ohio Star Fabric Requirements

Fabric 1 – Background – (4) 4 1/2in. squares and (1) 5 1/4in. square cut twice diagonally.

Fabric 2 – Center – (1) 4 1/2in. square

Fabric 3 – Circle Print – (1) 5 1/4in. square cut twice diagonally

Fabric 4 – Blue Flower – (2) 5 1/4in. squares cut twice diagonally


Ohio Star Step 1

Lay out your triangles as shown above.


Ohio Star Step 2

Sew the two sets of triangles together to make to larger triangles. Press open.

Ohio Star Step 2a

Sew those triangles together to form a square. Press. Trim to 4 1/2 inches.


Ohio Star Step 3

Lay out your blocks as shown.  Sew together into rows and sew rows into block, making sure to pin all corners.  That’s it!  The classic Ohio Star.