This has been one of those computer days!!! You know….ugh!!! I don’t use my laptop that often…..mostly for paying bills and doing the WordPress/website thing, like when I’m doing this post. So this morning I thought I’d get a nice early start. It took 45 minutes for my laptop to load! So sloooooooooow! I’m thinking “what is going on?!” Then a notice came to that there were updates that should be installed…….did I want to restart and install. UGH!! I guess so! So I vacuumed, shoveled the snow off the deck for the dog, folded some clothes and washed a couple rugs. (Sigh), talked to the hubby and played a couple games on the IPAD. (Sigh) Here I am 4 hours later!!! OYE!!! Don’t ya just love technology!!!!
I have to say it feels a little strange with this mystery. With so many sizes to chose to make, the smaller ones just don’t give you that much to do! I feel bad. I am making the small one right along with you even though I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t start anything new. That didn’t last long. I like to work on a bunch of things all at once. I started a scrappy Valentine’s Day wall hanging after I was looking though some old quilting magazines. I had to modify it of course. It was too small for the space I have to hang it. Huh!!! I could have worked on it for about 4 hours today….lol! I didn’t think of that!! It won’t be finished to hang before Valentine’s Day but there is always next year. I’m also trying to finish the border on a tree and leaf quilt that I started for my youngest son probably 20 years ago. It got put in the “Time Out” pile after I asked him if he wanted it. He told me he had to ask his fiancé……WRONG answer!!! Time Out!!! Now he’s asking me if I’ll ever finish it. I guess it’s time. It’s a hand pieced queen size and it needs flying geese all the way around to finish it. What was I thinking?! Thankfully, it’s going faster than I thought it would. Those geese are all machine sewn! I will hand quilt it – probably next. I’m still quilting the one I started the Sunday before Christmas and it’s about half done. Here’s a peak. I like it!! Sets off those stars…….don’t you just love stars? You know I do!!!!
OK, enough about my exciting life!
Scrappy 4 Patch Stars – Clue #2
3. Using 4 assorted colored 2 1/2″ squares, make a 4 patch block as shown below. Press and trim to 4 1/2″ square. Make 13 / 18 / 25 / 32. Chose 4 / 6 / 9 / 12 and set the rest aside.
4. Using the 4 matching 2 7/8″ squares (Or if you used a 6″ square – cut and trimmed to 4 – 2 7/8″ squares) cut each 2 7/8″ square on one diagonal to make 8 HST ( half square triangles).
5. Using 1 – 5 1/4″ background square – cut on both diagonals. Sew one colored HST to each side as shown to make 4 matching star points (flying geese). Press and trim dog ears. Should measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
6. Using a 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ background rectangle, sew one to the long side of the above units as shown. Make all four. Press to the background side and trim to 4 1/2″.
7. Sew one star point to the opposite sides of a 4 patch as shown. Make sure that the background is facing out.
8. Sew one unit that was made in #2 to each side of the two remaining star points as shown making sure that the colored square is on the upper outside corner.
9. Sew each side to the section in #7 to make a small 4 patch star block as shown below. Press and trim to 12 1/2″ square block. Repeat to make 4 / 6 / 9 / 12 blocks.
There you have it! The next Clue will be released on March 11th and hopefully some Spring weather along with it!
Have Fun and Happy Quilting!
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