Well it’s week number three. Is everyone still here? I hope so. Trust me, the more you play with these little pieces, the more addicted you become, but if it turns out crumbs aren’t your cup on tea, at least you can say you tried.
Up this week…those stars and hearts. There are LOTS of stars. On the original quilt, I put mainly stars along with the words around the outer border.
I am planning bordering this quilt with stars as well. If that’s your plan, you’ll need around 28 stars depending on how many words you do or don’t add. The original quilt had 63 stars in it. You don’t need to make all of these stars this week but you can if you want. I think the best plan would be to make 6-8. Then each week from here on, you can make 2-5 more stars along with the other blocks we make each week until you get to YOUR desired number of stars. Remember if you hate the stars…you don’t need to quit. You can just add a regular fabric border on.
So to make a star you need to cut out and make 4 flying geese. Follow last week’s instructions for those. Once those are finished, you will need to cut 4 squares. These squares can match the geese fabric if you want but they certainly don’t need to. You will also need to cut a center square. I suggest cutting the square approximately the same length as the geese. (If you want this random, DON”T GET OUT A RULER) Just guess and cut. Here’s what you need for one star.
Let’s get sewing… Sew the pieces into rows.
Sew the rows together. Your seams won’t match. They are not suppose to.
If you want, you can trim up the edges…not with a ruler…just a scissor. Add pieces to the sides however you wish….
Trim the block to 6″.
Repeat. Remember, you can choose how many blocks you want to make. Aim for somewhere between 2 and 28 depending on your schedule or your own personal preference. I love the stars, so I am planning lots. Here are a few of the ones I made.
If my method is a little too random for you and you prefer a more structured look, head on over to Bonnie’s Quiltville site and see how she makes Maverick Stars. These would work just fine.
Now we want to keep this quilt moving along so I am going to show you how to make a heart block today too. Make two flying geese following last week’s instructions.
Sew the geese together as shown. Then cut a square the same width as the geese and however long you wish.
Attach the geese to the square. Then cut a square in half diagonally to make two triangles.
Attach the triangles the same way as you attached the triangle on the flying geese portion.
Sew, trim, press and attach the other triangle.
Sew random crumbs to the piece. Trim to six inches.
Make two heart blocks. Again, the choice is yours. A quilt with hearts around the outside instead of stars would be so cute….You can wrap someone in “love”. Bonnie Hunter has WONDERFUL directions on how to make wonky hearts. Check out her directions here.
That should keep you busy for a couple days…You can take time to go back and check out the progress some quilter’s made last week by checking out the linky tool here.
If you are crumbing along and want to share your progress, feel free to add a link to your blog here in the linky tool below. You can add photos to our Flickr Group or on Jo’s Country Junction facebook page.
I have had such a good time, checking out and seeing what you are sewing. There are a few blogs that I have tried to comment on and for some reason, their settings haven’t allowed me to comment. If you are a blogger, you might want to check your settings and allow people to comment. Next week are are going to break away from flying geese related block and more on to some four patch and nine patch blocks.