Well, we made it through another month!
I just came back from a lovely weekend retreat. What a great way to break up the winter doldrums! Nothing’s better than laughing and sewing with a bunch of like-minded friends. I rarely make anything that isn’t truly scrappy but I subscribed to the block of the month from Missouri Star. I was three months behind so I thought this retreat would be a good opportunity to get caught up. This quilt is way out of my traditional scrappy comfort zone. But I suppose with the number of different fabrics that are involved it could be described as scrappy. I’ve never purchased a block of the month before and Kaffe isn’t my normal cup of tea but I have to say I have enjoyed the process. I still need to do the border but that’s another retreat, I think! I have to say, I don’t know if I could sleep under this though…..it’s not exactly what I would call restful! But it sure is bright!!! And colorful!!! And I do like it!!!
I always enjoy seeing your progress postings on Facebook. We’ll be putting a little more meat on the blocks this month. I know those of you who are doing the small size haven’t had much to do. The medium size has had a little more but WHOA the large size is a different subject. I have been making the large size right along with you although I’m probably a clue ahead. Cudos to the brave who are doing the large size. I’m looking forward to seeing the “Surprise” in the middle of this quilt!
I hope you haven’t had too many issues with the bias edges. The next two clues will present more of the same. I’ve tried to match the bias edge with a straight edge so hopefully you should have less problems. I just let my machine do the work feeding the fabric through and only try to guide it. Basically, I’m a lazy quilter. I don’t like to pin or starch or do anything (even square up). I just want to sit and sew. But trimming and pressing are essential to good results so I definitely make sure I do what is necessary for it all to come together nicely and correctly.
OK. Time for the Clue! We’ll be finishing up the star blocks.
Pinwheel Surprise – Clue #3
- Select one star block that was made last month. Select 2 matching 5″ colored squares and cut them on both diagonals.
- Using the 4 1/4″ squares from last month. Sew sections of the 5″ colored squares as shown below. Press and trim dog ears.
- Sew one section to each side of the star block as shown.
- Using one 5″ inside border colored square cut on both diagonals, sew sections to the two remaining sections as shown below.
- Sew these two sections to the star block as shown below. Press and trim to a 12″ block.
- Repeat for all the remaining star blocks. 6 (12) 20 total.
The next clue will arrive on April 13th.
See you next month and Happy Quilting!
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