This is block 8 in Susan’s Stars and Pinwheels QAL called Christmas Pinwheel Star.
Since I’m making a small project each month with the featured block, I decided to use this block in a cover for a lumbar cushion. Because the cushion is curved, it’s difficult to cover and I used a lined 30 inch x 10-½ inch panel with Velcro on either end to fit over the center of the cushion.
I reduced the size of the pattern to 8-½ inches unfinished (2.5 and 3.5 inch squares) and added borders plus some longer pieces for the cover to join in the back.
I thought this was a very pretty block and it was easy to put together with half-square triangles.
This is block 5 in Susan’s stars and pinwheels quilt-along, called Split Star. I’m using the blocks in this series to make a different project each month rather than saving them for a big quilt. This month, I wanted to make a cover for my piano bench which accompanies my 1960s era piano.
I reduced the blocks to 7 inches and made 8 of them plus borders to make a 15-½ inch by 31 inch cover.
I had the chance to choose some pretty fall-themed fat quarters on a recent visit to Amish Country to use in this project. There are several ways to arrange the blocks and I chose this design.
The Split Star pattern is pretty, easy to sew and easy to reduce in size. I think it made a very nice bench cover.
Jacquelynne Steves is offering another series of free blocks-of-the-month called Cozy Afternoon.
There will be five blocks, each with a pattern to embroider or applique for the center. I have a large hassock with a lid which I’m going to cover, using five blocks – one for the top of the lid and four for the sides.
My version of Block 4 is shown in the top picture. This will be one of the sides of the hassock cover, using a vintage embroidery pattern for the center.
Jacquelynne also provides a pattern for an embroidered or appliqued center.
This was an easy block to make and made a nice frame for the embroidered center.
This is block 3 in Susan’s quilt-along featuring stars and pinwheels, called Chunky Star. Once again, Susan has offered two versions – one with half-square triangles as shown in the picture at the beginning of the post ….
…and one with flying geese.
These are both easy blocks with good instructions.
I’m using the blocks from this quilt-along each month to make a small project. I decided to put these two blocks together in a favorite tie bag. I found this pattern online about 15 years ago and have made it in a large variety of sizes and fabrics. Along the way, I adapted it to make better use of the fabric and it took very little to make this nice lined bag which will be a gift for someone later this year.
Susan at Desert Sky Quilting is hosting a block-of-the-month quilt-along featuring stars and pinwheels. The first block is Indian Star – an easy but interesting block offered in two options. The first option is using squares and half-square triangles; the second option has flying geese patches.
Since I have back problems and don’t make large quilts any longer, I’m participating in this quilt-along by using each block as I make it into something I can use at home or into a project that will make a nice gift. I made the blocks in both versions.
I used the first block to make a book bag for carrying my requisite 4-books-at-a-time back and forth to the library. The back of the bag includes a vintage embroidery piece adapted from an old coloring book.
The second version was made into a project box which I designed to set on my sewing table with pockets on the inside to hold instructions and other essentials along with the fabric for the project. I lined the bag with medium-weight canvas and added stiff interlining so the bag will set upright.
The embroidered panel is from one I found on the internet and good for me since I do almost all of my quilting on the machine.
This promises to be a fun quilt-along and Susan is meticulous about her instructions which makes everything easy and enjoyable. Hope you’ll join us here.
I wanted to participate in a quilt-along offered by Freda at Impera Magna and try the Disappearing Nine-Patch block. My problem is that I’m not good at reporting my progress on quilt-alongs and before I know it, I’ve completed the quilt without really participating.
To audition the block, I made a doll’s quilt first ….
Then, I started making a child-size “I Spy” quilt for our local Linus Project which distributes quilts to children in hospitals. I used all scraps for this quilt and bought only the fleece for the backing (which the Linus group prefers) and thread. It turned out to be bigger than I expected – 47 inches wide x 58 inches long. I’ve been having back problems and didn’t want to wrestle a large quilt through my Bernina. This quilt was bigger than I intended, but manageable.
Instead of turning the blocks as shown in Freda’s instructions, I simply switched the top right and bottom left square in each block so that my I Spy blocks would not be turned.
Rather than buy more fabric for the border, I made an extra row of blocks and did not use a border. I used the fleece as backing and batting and did a very simple quilting pattern on the machine.
I draped the finished quilt over my couch and left the room to get my camera. When I came back, Addie, the beagle, was well settled on the quilt, looking as though I had made it for her. Luckily, the Linus group meticulously washes all of the quilts that are donated so I know it will be in good shape when it goes to the hospital.
Back on October 3, 2011, I joined a Jacob’s Ladder Quilt-along hosted by
I explained in my post how I had started out to make a sofa topper but received a cute mini-quilt rack and decided to make a piece to fit it. The original blocks were to be 9 inches finished and the mini-quilt blocks were 2-1/4 inches.
I used the original 9 inch block to make a backing.
The blocks were a devil to make and join in such a small size, but I have finished the quilt and in spite of a lot of “iffy” places, I like it. The finished size is 10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches.
The quilt-along is continuing with plenty of time to join and make something in the very pretty Jacob’s Ladder pattern.
On September 6, Imperamagna announced a quilt-along using the Jacob’s Ladder block. On her blog she has a link to Bonnie Hunter’s measurements and tutorial.
I liked the idea of making the size and number of blocks you wanted into the project you wanted and in any time frame you chose. I gathered three fabrics I thought would work well for a sofa topper.
I planned on the blocks being 9 inches finished and made a sample block.
The quilt-along began on September 28 and meanwhile I had received a gift of a 12×15 inch quilt rack.
Since I’ve only made one miniature quilt, I decided to change my plans and have this project be a 12×15 inch quilt with little 2-1/4 inch finished Jacob’s Ladder blocks.
The tiny blocks take longer to sew, especially with pressing all of the seams open to control bulk, but I think they will make an interesting quilt for my new rack.
The quilt-along is still in its first week and it’s an interesting block, so you might want to visit Imperamagna’s blog and see what’s going on. There is also a Flickr group formed to keep up with what everybody’s doing.