I wanted to make a quilt for my Aunt M for her birthday.
Her favorite color is purple, so I used all purple in the quilt. Purple fabric, purple thread for the quilting, everything.
I have a quilting book for large star quilts, called “Big One-Star Quilts by Magic” by Nancy Johnson-Srebro. I picked out block five. I don’t remember why I picked that one, in particular.
I then chose my fabrics. The block calls for four fabrics, but as is usually the case with my quilts I don’t have enough yardage of my fabrics, so instead I used a variety of purple fabrics.
The pieces are rectangular – the instructions in the book said to cut rectangles and then sew them diagonally, from one corner to another, creating a rectangle with two triangles and leaving two leftover triangles. (I used the leftovers to make patches that I will use for some future project. I want to make a crazy quilt for myself, but I have other projects on my to-do list right now, so that will have to wait.)
I made a mistake with my sewing. You’re supposed to sew half of the pieces diagonally one way and half of them diagonally the other way, to form a star that’s a mirror image of itself. I sewed all of them the same way, so I couldn’t make the perfectly symmetrical star. It came out looking slightly more like a pinwheel, but it’s still pretty.
Now, I will stop pointing out my mistakes and point out what I did right. The star looks so pretty!
The star isn’t large enough to make the size quilt I wanted. The book has instructions for queen- and king-sized quilts, but as I said I didn’t have enough of the purple fabrics I wanted to do that, so instead I made a small quilt with a border.
I chose a simple block from my “501 Quilt Blocks” book.
I don’t seem to have taken pictures of the completed blocks prior to sewing them into the quilt top, so this will have to do.
I sewed a border around the star and then added the blocks in a new border. I added additional rectangular pieces between the blocks and solid squares at the corners.
Next post: The quilting!