Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mercer County Star


We are quilting along with Barbara Brackman's
Block of the Month, Threads of Memory.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com

This is how I made my block, it may
differ from the original.


Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Red print
4 - 4 1/2''squares

Fabric B: Green
1 - 6'' square 

Fabric C: Large Light Print
2 - 6'' squares - Mark a 
diagonal line on back.

Fabric D: Blue
1 - 6'' square

Fabric E: Small Light Print
4 - 1 1/2'' squares
4 - 1 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' rectangles

Fabric F: Red
8 - 1 1/2'' squares - Mark a 
diagonal line on back.

Fabric G: Fussy Cut
1 - 2 1/2'' square

Make Small Center Star: 


Make Flying Geese Units:

Place a Fabric F 1 1/2'' square on left
side of a Fabric E rectangles and sew
a thread width below drawn line.  Open
and press to the corner, trim back 2 
layers of fabric to 1/4''.


Repeat process on the right side of 
rectangle.  Make 4 of this unit.


Layout units as shown and sew
together in 3 rows.  Press seams 
in rows 1 and 3 to the outside and
seams in row 2 to the inside.


Sew rows together and square to 4 1/2''.


Make Quarter Square Triangles
(Outer Center Units)

Pair 6'' squares in the following combinations
with right sides together:
1 - B/C    1 - C/D
Sew 1/4'' away from each side of drawn line,
cut on drawn line and press seams to the
Fabrics B and D.  On the Fabric B/C units,
mark a diagonal line on the opposite
diagonal from the seam.


Pair a B/C unit with a C/D unit with
right sides together as shown.  Be 
sure to have seams lock against each 
other.  Sew 1/4'' away from each side 
of drawn line, cut on drawn line and
press seam open to reduce bulk.


Squaring a Quarter Square Triangle is easy 
if you follow the directions!  Place the diagonal
line of the ruler along the seam line as shown.
Since we want a 4 1/2'' square, place the 2 1/4''
intersection at the center of block (as shown
with the arrow), now trim the top and right 
seams.  


Rotate the unit and place the 4 1/2''
lines of the ruler along the left and bottom
edges and trim the remaining untrimmed
edges.  Make 4 of this unit.


Layout units as shown and sew together
in 3 rows.  Press seams in rows 1 and 3
to the outside and seams in row 2 to the 
inside.


Sew rows together and press final seams
open to reduce bulk.  Square to 12 1/2''.

Check out everyone's work on Dustin's Flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/threadsofmemory/#

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comment, let me know you are out there!
~ Ellen

22 comments:

  1. Great tutorial. I really do want to make a quilt with these stars!

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    1. This would look great as a full quilt. If you were to change the fabric for the corner blocks in each block, it would make an interesting scrappy 4-patch as an alternate block. ~ Ellen

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  2. I miss it when you don't post!

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    1. Oh Twinkles ~ how I love your name... it makes me smile. I have been a bad blogger recently. I have deadlines to meet for my 2nd book and International Quilt Market is next week. I have had to concentrate on business matters but I hope in June to be able to have a little fun and to play catch-up on my Barbara Brackman blocks! ~ Ellen

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  8. I love your fussy cut center for this block. And the green really makes it pop.

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