Thursday, 23 November 2017

November Block Lotto

This month we have a star.  I know there have been many stars before, but this is a new one, and with no measuring it is fast, easy, and visually effective.  Sounds good, right?

Rising Star, Improvised

Terri Torke did a lovely symmetrical version of the rising star here, but this one is not symmetrical; for visual interest, and "more fun, less measuring and stressing about perfect".




Fabrics you will need:

-four 6.5" square pieces of Kona silver fabric, also Painter's Palette pale silver. ( You can pick up a fat quarter of the Kona at the guild meeting for cheap).  If you can find another light grey/silver solid that matches, that's ok too.

-4 strips of yellow print fabric, approx. 2.5" x 7"

-4 strips of purple print fabric, approx. 3" x 7"

Please try to use prints that only have the desired colour, in variation( tone on tone), or a bit of black or white.

 
 
Start with the smaller yellow strips, pin on, at an angle and sew.

 
 
Trim the grey background, and press.  Trim the block back to 6.5" square.


Now do the same with the purple strip

Isn't that easy? and looks pretty sharp too!
Now do the other 3 block, paying attention to which way you add your colours, so that they all match up the same. ( I failed on 1 of mine and had to start all over again. oops!)

Four 6.5" blocks
Great.  Now put them all together, and you have a pretty cool star, with lovely sharp points.  Trim to 12.5" square.
I fell in love with this block, and started playing with colour variations, which is leaning towards another quilt started. Crap, I don't need more starts.  Ah, well. Have fun with this one.

Due to the December social, this block is due at the January meeting.

The Missouri quilt company has a free tutorial here for a traditional Rising Star block.  Good for getting the concept, but don't follow it exactly as we want these blocks to be " imperfect".

Have fun.

As always, one block = one ticket.  So make one, make two, make a whole bunch!







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