Scrappy Conundrum How-To - Part 5


Here we are again!  And it's time to put the star shine into our Scrappy conundrum.

Did I mention INTENSE last week?  Please don't let that detour you.  I promise you'll be happy you stayed with this block.  

This is going to be a long post - mostly because I can't wait another week to get this finished.  

I just know your going to love it! So buckle down and let's ride!

Real quickly, though, if you haven't had a chance to read the other blog posts about this quilt, here are those links: 

This journey started with a talk about the terminology of scrappy quilts - Scrappy Quilt Conundrum 

We continued the talk with - The Scrappy Conundrum Continues

Next we began our mystery How-To with - It's a Scrappy How-To

And then we had - Scrappy How-To Continues

Now we're here!

Tiny Recap

We cut out the pieces we need for this second block for this quilt.  I also hinted at getting the accent and background 2-1/2" squares stitched together and adding the 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" brick to those patches.  

I failed to mention - and please don't hate me - I know I should have made it clear last week, but HALF of those bricks need to be stitch on the OPPOSITE side of the 2-1/2" patches.  

If you compared your patches to the Modified Framed Star block picture I posted last week you would have figured this out already.

For those of you that didn't catch that - I am deeply sorry!

So the 2-1/2" patches plus the bricks should look like this...

I set them up like this...

Two of the 2-1/2" patches with the accent fabric patch up and two with the accent fabric patch down.  Then pair the background 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" brick with each and stitch them together. 

My tip is to stitch with the brick on top of the 2-1/2" patches.  The patches want to be a tad long or short and your most accurate cut will be the brick.  Putting the longer piece on the bottom will allow the feed dogs to take up the tiny bit extra there may be.  Just match the bottom.  And pin if you want to.

Call me weird, but I like to line up the top, start stitching and then line up the bottom, pin, and finish stitching.

This will give us the corners of our Modified Framed Star Block.  Now let's work on the star points.

the star points

HRT's - Half Rectangle Triangle

We cut up our HRT's last week and ended up with quite a stack of them to boot. 

That's okay!  They go together pretty quickly!

When pairing HRT's you will need to offset the points in order to get accuracy once the HRT is pressed open.

There are two ways to do this.  One is to measure from the point down the angled edge and mark at 1/4".  Then place the corner of the next piece at the mark or butt up to the ruler.  However you choose...

Let The Needle Guide You

The other option is to let your needle guide you.  

If you have a clear presser foot for your machine then use it so you can see the fabric and the needle.

Slide the angled side of one fabric along whatever seam guide you use until it bumps into the needle.  Then slide the next fabric on top of that one until it bumps the needle and sew!

When you are done stitching you will see where the start and stop points are right where the two fabrics come together.

Will they always line up perfectly.  Likely not!  Don't worry - we'll be trimming next!

Press the seam toward the yellow fabric.

Now the trimming! 

Trimming can be as satisfying as it can be annoying.   

Satisfying because when you're done the block (whatever block it may be) is nice a square and just the size it should be and the dog ears are gone!

Annoying because...well...just when you thought all the cutting was done, you're cutting again. 

When trimming these HRT's place the point of your ruler at the diagonal seam.

Then set your ruler at 2-5/8" along the width and 3-3/4" along the length.  Trim the edges.

Turn the block.  If you're lucky enough to have a rotating mat then just turn the mat!

Again, set the point of the ruler where the seam is and at 2-1/2" along the width and 3-1/2" along the length.  Trim the edges.

This is what your block should measure now 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"

Star Points Are Here!

It's time to put our start points together!

Grab a couple of random yellow prints and line up the seams.  There isn't any seam nesting here because the seams have all been pressed in the same direction.

So line up as best you can.  And sew!

This can be frustrating so you may want to pin at the corner.

Our point should look something like this.  

It may be off a bit every now and again.  But don't take stitches out just because of that.  

It won't be that noticeable!

Trust me - in the broader scope of the quilt - you'll see the point of the stars and not so much the valleys.

Now is the time for those little 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" bricks we cut.

Add those to the top of the Star Points and press up.

Putting the Modified Framed Star Block Together

Now combine our accent color blocks with our star!  This is my favorite part!

Add one star point patch in between two accent blocks for the top and bottom of the Star Block.

Then add two star point patches to either side of 4 patches or one 4-1/2" block.

Then sew the top and bottom rows to the center.

Wa La!  We have a...

Modified Framed Star Block

Whew!  What fun!  Isn't this looking just great!  And check out all the scrappiness!

Next week we'll put all these blocks together with our Framed 16 Patch Blocks and talk about a border.  My border is pieced and we'll go over that.  But you don't have to do it that way if you don't want to.  I have A LOT of scraps to use up and this is one way to do it.

Let tell me know in the comments below how your Scrappy Conundrum is going.  Or any questions you may have!  I would love to hear from you.

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them. I plan to share as many as I remember with you. The ups the downs the..."whoops! What was I thinking"...moments. As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.  

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Much love, Carolyn

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Carolyn Albright

I admit it...I'm addicted to quilts.  Everything about them.  I love to share what I know and to learn from others.  Any ideas, new or old, along with tips and tricks are always part of the fun!

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