I'm gonna do something that may seem a little counter-intuitive in my class. I'm gonna teach the harder block first. My reasoning here is as follows. I only have 1 1/2 hours in class with my students before they get two weeks to sew by themselves before the next class. I want to be darn sure they understand how the harder block works and be there with them while they sew their first couple in class. The second block (the nine patch) is the same as this star block *only easier*, meaning if my students understand the more difficult one, the easier one will be a piece of cake. Or pumpkin pie. But if YOU are just following along on the ol' blog, you may prefer to skip ahead to the Nine Patch Block, then come back here to this Star Block.
First, let's talk about pressing vs. ironing. To iron is to slide your heavy iron in one direction across the fabric. The problem with ironing is that you can stretch your fabric if you're not careful. Pressing is when you set your iron on top of your seam or whatever, let it smooth it out just by setting there, and then lift, without sliding it in any one direction. This is going to be more important once you've begun sewing squares together, but keep it in mind as your begin to iron your beautiful fabrics. Don't iron them out of shape!
I posted this on Facebook and got a slightly different response than I
was expecting. Not entirely, but sort of.
“I just have to get this
out there. Clothes are not a covering of shame. They are a covering of
immaturity. But we're teaching our daughters all wrong. CLOTHING IS A GLORY. A
scantily clad girl is a high maintenance one, like a toddler who likes to lift
her shirt and show you her belly button. Adam and Eve wore clothes after they
ate the fruit because it was then that they suddenly grew up and realized they
weren't dressed to be the king and queen of the world. It was after they grew
up that they finally were joined and had children. Anyhow, all this to say,
we're teaching our girls totally backwards when we teach them to just cover all
the important parts. No wonder our daughters get caught up in the dos and
don'ts and try to judge each other's motives for dressing. Am I crazy in
thinking this? Really, I'm trying to have a soft heart here, so I'll try not to
overreact if somebody cares to comment and disagree...”
So to answer some
questions, I wrote it all out here.
Let me talk for a second about temperature. Technically it's called color value, but I think the term temperature helps explain a little better. So, a soft baby pink (ice pink) and a neon watermelon pink (hot pink) are both pink, and they may go perfectly well together in a particular project, but they are very different in temperature. For the quilt we'll be working on together, it is very important that all your fabrics, with the exception of the white/off-white used for the stars, be very similar in temperature. In the picture below, the fabrics are generally similar in temperature, with a few exceptions.
This quilt below is similar in temperature to the one above
I'm teaching a free quilt class to create this quilt (inspired by this) and I figured, why not post about it as we go? That way my students can look for help on here and my three blog followers can tag along too. ;-) The actual quilt that my students are making will be a baby quilt measuring
I've had two or three folks having trouble with making their trees at 45 degree angles. There were comments on the Moda site and on my own blog post about it. This is SUPER important since the shape of the entire quilt depends on this. I am SO SORRY that folks are having trouble with this. I was intentionally a little vague in the original post because I knew that every cutting mat will be a little different and I thought I would save confusion by letting you figure it out on your own mat for yourself. CLEARLY, that was the wrong decision on my part. :) Please forgive me for the trouble this may have caused you. Hopefully this post will clear things up considerably.
Unfortunately, I no longer have the original quilt. My mother has it. 2000 miles away from here. So pretend that this crazy rainbow fabric looks like a Christmas tree. If you have toddlers like I do, it's not so hard to imagine after all. ;-)
Your 5 strips (2 1/2" wide) sewn together should measure 10 1/2" top to bottom now. For demonstration purposes, I cut myself a 10 1/2" wide strip of fabric.
Below is a picture of my cutting mat. The first time I made a tree skirt like this, my trees were not 10 1/2" tall; instead they were 12" tall. So the black ink you see on my cutting mat was originally for a 12" tree.
Do you see this right angle here below? That's 90 degrees.