Many years ago I made this spiraling lone-star quilt. It hung over our kitchen table for a couple of years and I never took a single picture of it. Then a couple of years ago, I got to meet my college friend Poonam in New York City. Poonam had gone though some difficult times and I wanted to give her a quilt. I didn’t have time to make one for her at that time, so I decided to give her this bright quilt to cheer her up. My friend Indu took this picture in a hotel room in NYC with no natural light. It looks a lot better in person.
Digging through my old pictures from 2013, I found a few pictures I took when I was making the quilt (and not a single one after it was complete)! I’m still looking for that piece of paper in the first picture with calculations using the Pythagoras theorem. Then again, wouldn’t this be a good math assignment for my 8th grader?
All fabric from my stash – mostly batik, except the red and the fuchsia. The background is also a lovely batik with cream, tan and a bit of grey. Very simple quilting with a walking foot – this is from my pre-free motion days. I can’t even remember what I used for the backing.
This is my Throwback Thursday blog entry. Thank you Sandra , for the encouragement. I’m officially bitten by the spiral lone-star bug and I feel an inexplicable urge to make one using a Kona cotton jelly roll I got recently. This is therefore also my One monthly goal for May – to recreate the spiral lone star.
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Finished size: 42″ x 54″.
- 6 coordinating fat quarters (18″ x 22″)
- 1 yard contrasting solid fabric
- Rotary cutter with a fresh sharp blade recommended.
- From the solid fabric, cut 16 strips 1″ x WOF. We will sub-cut as needed when we join the blocks.
- Stack the 6 fat quarters aligning the edges. Trim and square the edges of the entire stack.
- We will be making several cuts through the entire stack of 6 FQs. There are no measurements for the cuts. You may make the cuts anywhere in alternating directions to give it a balanced look
- Make the first cut along the shorter (18″) side so that one side is slightly bigger than the other. My cut was approximately 2/3 from the left. This gives us two rectangles.
- Make the next cut within each rectangle, perpendicular to the previous cut. Make sure the cuts on each side are staggered to give an unmatched look.
- Make the next cut in some or all of the four rectangles above, perpendicular to the previous cut, making sure the cuts on adjacent rectangles do not match. I did not sub-cut the block on the top right since it looked small enough.
- You may stop cutting here or make one more cut in some of the rectangles, perpendicular to the previous cut. In this step, I cut just two of the blocks.
- We are done cutting. Each rectangle/square above is a stack of 6 fabric. Next step is to arrange the fabric within these rectangles.
- Leave stack 1 alone with no change. For stack 2, move the fabric in top to the bottom of the stack. For stack 3, move the top two fabrics to the bottom. For stack 4, move the top three fabrics to the bottom. Likewise for stacks 5 and 6. Since we only have 6 fabrics in the stack, the fabrics for stacks 7, 8 and 9 will repeat and they will be similar to stacks 1,2 and 3, respectively. When all stacks are rearranged, this is what they look like:
- Now we are ready to join the rectangles into pieced blocks.
- From the 1″ solid strips, sub-cut a strip approximately as long as the bottom edge of rectangle 7. Sew it to rectangle 7, right sides together with a 1/4″ seam. Press towards the solid strip. Sew rectangle 9 to the other side of the solid strip.
- You will put the block back together in exactly the reverse order in which you made the cuts. Use the 1″ solid sashing between rectangles.
- Repeat for all the fabrics in the stacks. Make sure you keep the order of the fabric in the stacks. Here are all 6 pieced blocks.
- Again use the 1″ solid sashing to join the blocks.
This was my One Monthly Goal for April. Linking One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
I made this quilt out of a fat quarter bundle I picked up at JoAnn’s. This pattern – Bisection – is based on Orthogonal Recursive Bisection – a computer science algorithm used mainly to divide work among processors. My thesis from decades ago used this algorithm. I took several pictures when I was making this quilt. For this month’s goal, I want to do something I haven’t done before – write a pattern/tutorial for this quilt.
This baby quilt along with two others – the pink hexagons and one more in the works will be donated to Quilts for Kids once they are done. Linking One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
I can’t believe I completed this quilt top in the month of March, with hours to spare! My One monthly goal for March was to complete a quilt top using a FQ bundle of Robert Kaufmann Blueberry Park collection by Karen Lewis. I wanted that perfect design for this fabric and I could not make up my mind till the middle of the month.
I decided to just cut them up into equilateral triangles (my current favorite shape 🙂
I tried different layouts from totally random to regular and symmetric. I finally settled somewhere in the middle.
I wanted to keep the gradation in the hue and value, going from dark on top to light at the bottom and going from pink on one end to yellow at the other end.
It’s a lovely day with bright sunshine and blue sky but the breeze makes it so hard to get a nice picture.
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Some months ago, I sunk a fortune on two FQ bundles of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman. For a long time I couldn’t bear to cut them up but finally I made one quilt with some of the blue green fabric. More on this quilt in a separate post later.
My One Monthly Goal for March is to make a quilt top or finished quilt from the red-yellow bundle. Linking One Monthly Goal from Elm Street Quilts.
Purple is my favorite color and I’ve been hoarding so many purple batiks. I decided to use them in Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery. Since I was late getting started on the mystery, Cheryl had already revealed the pattern by the time I got started. So this was technically an un-mystery for me.
HSTs: The pattern calls for eight 2″ half-squared triangles (HSTs) per block. I decided to use a single fabric for all the HSTs. When I’m mass producing HSTs, I like to use Triangles in a roll but I didn’t have any 2″ HST rolls handy. I found these triangle foundation paper at a site called www.quiltingandwhatnot.ca that work very well. You can print the templates on regular printer paper. You can make 18 2″ HSTs per page. This went very fast and made some really accurate blocks. Peeling the paper off the blocks was most boring though.
I was going to make Cheryl’s suggested layout but at the end decided on a square in a square layout. This will give me an opportunity to create a secondary design while quilting. This goes to the bottom of my pile of un-quilted tops and will not be quilted anytime soon.
It was a cold and windy day in Houston, Texas when we took it out for a picture but here’s another pic I like with the reflection in the pool.
Linking Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery page and one monthly goal finish page and Crazy mom quilts’ finish it up Friday
Cheryl hosted the Magnolia mystery last year. I picked out my fabric early on but did not get the time to follow along during the mystery. I started all over again after the reveal. Changed my fabric to purples (all from my scrap bag) and green and pink on a white background. Her reveal parade deadline is Feb 15th. Not sure if I will be done for that but I hope to be done making the top by the end of the month. Linking to One Monthly Goal.