Wednesday, May 07, 2008

setting blocks

Since several of you have asked, I am posting the instructions for the setting blocks for the star quilt along so you can work on them at your leisure. If you are making the quilt as shown, you will need 12 setting blocks.


cut 6 strips 2.5" x the width of fabric from a printed fabric
cut 6 strips 2.5" x the width of fabric from the background fabric

sew together using a quarter inch seam allowance

cut 2 1/2" segments

make four patches
you will need 4 four patches for each setting block, for a total of 48 four patches.

cut 4 squares 4 1/2" for each setting block from the background, for a total of 48 squares
cut 1 square 4 1/2" for each setting block from the printed fabric, for a total of 12 squares

layout as shown

sew together and square up the blocks to 12.5".

I think all those numbers are right. Let me know if you encounter any errors.
Happy quilting!

26 comments:

Mamaperreca said...

THanks so much for skipping ahead and giving us this. I am excited to get started on it.

Blondie said...

YAY! Thanks so much for giving us this!

I was just thinking today that I wished I knew how to do these blocks so that I could get started- perfect timing... also these give me yet another excuse to avoid making the hundred(s) of log cabin blocks that I've committed myself to making!

elizabeth said...

Ilove your pink pilka dots! I was hoping you'd put up this one to work on as it goes. I fixed what was wrong with me, er, my machine, so I'll be playing along casually. Thanks again for being such a generous teacher to put all the time necessary into this.

Jane Swanson said...

Thank you Amanda!
Something for us eager beavers to get going on!
~jane

Shannon said...

Thanks for the instructions! I agree that it will be nice to (try) and keep up with the whole quilt! Yay for a quilt along!

Bigman said...

Nice layout learned something new, I am trying to learn quilting this will help alot.

alotalot said...

Thanks Amanda!
LisaC

RobinE said...

Thank you! It will be nice being able to work on these as we go along. :)

Em said...

Yay AmandaJean! I am so glad you did this - now I can work on them when I have a spare moment and don't feel like doing anything else. Thanks!

amandasasikirana said...

this is great! I will try is first thing tomorrow morning.

Frieda said...

Thanks Amanda- I will do one every week as I do the weekly blocks. All of your quilts are so awesome. Again, many thanks

Barbara said...

Thank you so much for doing this quilt along! I know that it was a tremendous amount of work for you. Your photos are so helpful in understanding what to do. I am learning a lot in the process and I am conquering my fear of triangles! I also love seeing everyones progress on the Flicker site.

Thanks!!
Barbara

Michelle Payne said...

Thank you, Thank you!!!

Kat - Taylor Made designs said...

How do you sew all those little squares together so perfectly? I've tried to do it before, and they end up not being the same. Do you use a pencil and mark each square?

As you can see, I am a total novice!

Ellen said...

Hi Amandajean,

Thanks for posting this so I can work on this as the quilt-a-long progresses. Also, I don't think I've left a comment about participating - so I hope I'm not too late.

Ellen

Katherine said...

Thanks for posting this, Amandajean. I'm wanting to get going on this asap... just have to get my fabric together.

Lisa Jerrilyn said...

I made the setting blocks using the Week One pattern from the last quilt along. I'm not good with 4 patches. I also decided to use 13 sashing blocks to make a big X across the center of the couch and save the 13th star for a pillow cover for the little pillow on the bed. I am loving this quilt.

Anonymous said...

This looks like fun,and broken down to a bite size challenge for a new quilter. I've comleted a basic quilt course so I'm ready.
Question:Probably a newbie question but in ordering bacground fabric total you said about 7 yards, plus 2 for setting pieces = total of 9 yards. Does that seven yards count for the binding and backing?

Nona said...

OOPS- not anonymous but "Nona". So excited about buying material I got ahead of myself

amandajean said...

anonymous,

that yardage does not allow for backing or binding. I think you will need about 3/4 yard for binding (that is a bit extra, but I would purchase at least that much) and then about 5 yards for the backing.

amandajean

SewAmy said...

can you tell me about how much yardage I need the the background and med fabric to do the setting blocks? I need to buy more white background fabric and I haven't picked out my med fabric for the setting blocks yet.

amandajean said...

I know that you will need about a yard for the medium print-where I used polka dot fabric. And for the background fabric I would get a few yards. you will need some of each for the sashing and the posts of the sashing, so save any extras you have.

Russ&Nic said...

Maybe you have already answered this question somewhere, but how much printed fabric did you need to have enough to make all 12 setting blocks?

hoBBies said...

Hello mom quilt

I dont quilt along, but I started to like doing this.

I just try this pattern in my block.

It is not perfect yet.

TM Frugal Gourmet said...

I am starting this quilt for my daughter for her 5th birthday. She is gonna love it.. I am doing hers with pinks. No white.. couldn't find any at our tiny fabric store. It will still be cute! This will be my first real quilt. All my other ones are tie quilts.. I'll let you know hot it turns out, I hope.. :)

Aldora said...

Hello thanks for your generosity in teaching I try to make this quilt because I loved its originality thanks again and good work for you
hug
Aldora