|Finished quilt 58" square after washing / shrinkage.|
With all of my self designed quilts, I start with very technical equipment - pencil (sharp), A4 Pukka pad (squared) and some Staedtler fineliners in lots of groovy colours. I get them here and here. (What can I say, I still like colouring in.) Oh, and a ruler. I'm not keen on wibbly lines.
This is how it looked when I drew out the pattern. Can you see how the blocks fit together? Have a look at the photograph of the finished quilt above and hopefully it will be clearer.
|Can you see how each HST is made up? The solid blocks without a line in the middle are solid squares, there are 12 in total.|
This quilt is made up of squares - half square triangles, and solid squares. The solid squares were cut 8" square, the ones that were destined to become HST's I cut at 8.5" and then after I had sewn them together and ironed the seams open, I trimmed them to 8". I used three tones on the pattern to correspond to the five different fabrics, light shades (the orange and light blue,) a medium tone (pink) and dark tones (dark green and dark blue). If you reverse the light and dark shades, you would get a completely different look to the quilt design.
White fabric : Cut 8 x 8" squares and 20 x 8.5" blocks.
Light Shade 1 (Orange on the pattern) : Cut 4 x 8" squares, and 4 x 8.5" squares.
STEP 1: Sew the 4 8.5" squares to 4 of the Light shade 2 squares, press open and trim to 8". You should now have 8 HSTs made up of the two light shades.
Huzzah! You don't need to do anything with the 8" blocks until you sew the whole shebang together.
Light shade 2 (Light blue on the pattern) Cut 8 x 8.5" squares.
See Step 1 above for 4 of the 8.5" squares.
STEP 2: Sew the remaining 4 of the light shade 2 8.5" squares to 4 white 8.5" squares, press seams open and trim to 8" square. You should now have 8 HST's made up of light shade 2 and white.
Medium shade ( Pink on the pattern) Cut 8 x 8.5" squares.
STEP 3: Sew all 8 medium shade 8.5" squares to 8 white 8.5" squares, press seams open and trim to 8" square. You should now have 16 HST's made up of Medium shade and white.
Dark shade 1 (Dark blue on the pattern) Cut 4 x 8.5" squares.
STEP 4: Sew 2 dark shade 1 squares to 2 dark shade 2 squares, press seams open and trim to 8" square. You should now have 4 HST's made up of dark shade 1 and dark shade 2.
STEP 5: Sew the remaining 2 dark shade 1 squares to 2 x 8.5" white squares, press seams open and trim to 8" square. You should now have 4 HST's made of dark shade 1 and white.
Dark shade 2 (Dark green on the pattern) Cut 8 x 8.5" squares.
See step 4 above for 2 of the 8.5" squares.
STEP 6: Sew the remaining 6 8.5" dark shade 2 squares to 6 white squares, press seams open and trim to 8" You should now have 12 HST's made up of dark shade 2 and white.
Now lay your finished blocks out as in the above diagram, sew together in 8 rows and then sew each row to assemble the full top. I always pin pin pin to made sure the blocks line up. If one block is a millimetre or two out, stretching and pinning will bring it in to line and make your quilt look more accurate.
I also added a further 2.5"edge to this quilt top, so that when I bound the quilt, it didn't cover the points of the star. I really hope that this is clear!
In terms of the specific fabrics for this quilt, I used Tula Pink's Birds and the Bees fabric, 5 different fabrics and half a yard of each was plenty. The solid white probably took a yard and a half - I always have a massive roll of white cotton in though so I'm not exactly sure!
Phew. I think I need to have a nap now!