EV­ER­GREEN

Cre­ate the per­fect quilt for frosty evenings, with a vivid starry de­sign that will keep you snug all win­ter long

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - PROJECTS - BY Yvonne Fuchs

Go starry-eyed piec­ing Yvonne Fuchs’ quilt fea­tur­ing more star blocks than you can shake a candy cane at

IT'S A MOD­ERN TREE DE­SIGN BUT WITH A HEAVY NOD TO TRA­DI­TION WITH THE RED AND GREEN STARS

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ WST = wrong sides to­gether.

■ Fab­ric sup­plied by Robert Kauf­man (robertkauf­man.com)

■ Thread sup­plied by Au­ri­fil (au­ri­fil.com).

FAB­RICS USED

Solid fab­rics are all from the Kona Cot­ton Solids col­lec­tion by Robert Kauf­man:

■ Sil­ver.

■ Kelly.

■ Clover.

■ Fern.

■ Grasshop­per.

■ Holly.

■ Jun­gle.

■ Leprechaun.

■ Wil­low.

■ Wine.

■ Ruby.

■ Car­di­nal.

■ Chi­nese Red.

■ Lip­stick.

■ Poppy.

■ Rich Red.

■ Red.

■ Curry.

■ Corn.

■ Yel­low.

■ But­ter­cup. 1

From each of the red and green fat quar­ters cut two (2) 3in squares and one (1) 2½in square.

2

From each of five (5) of the red fab­rics and five (5) of the green fab­rics, also

cut two (2) 5½in squares and one (1) 4½in square.

3

From the medium yel­low fab­ric cut one (1) 5½in squares and one (1)

4½in square.

4

From the light yel­low fab­ric cut four (4)

4½in squares.

5

From the back­ground fab­ric cut four (4)

12½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into:

■ Two (2) 12½in x 24½in strips.

■ Two (2) 12½in x 21½in strips.

■ Two (2) 12½in x 18½in strips.

■ Two (2) 12½in x 9½in strips.

6

Also from the back­ground fab­ric, cut six (6) 6½in x WOF strips. Sew two strips to­gether along the short ends and trim to 6½in x 60½in. Sub­cut the re­main­ing strips into:

■ Two (2) 6½in x 27½in strips.

■ Two (2) 6½in x 24½in strips.

■ Two (2) 6½in x 15½in strips.

■ Two (2) 6½in x 12½in strips.

7

Also from the back­ground fab­ric, cut:

■ Six (6) 5½in squares.

■ Twenty (20) 4½in squares.

■ Forty-four (44) 3in squares.

■ Ninety-six (96) 2½in squares.

■ Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips. Sew the two strips to­gether along the short ends and trim to 2½in x 60½in.

8

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut eight (8) 2½in x WOF strips.

PIEC­ING THE COR­NER SQUARE UNITS

9

Mark a di­ag­o­nal line on the re­verse of two 2½in back­ground squares. Pin these squares in op­po­site cor­ners of a 4½in light yel­low square.

10

Sew along your marked line. Trim ¼in from sewn line and press open to com­plete one cor­ner square unit (Fig 1). Re­peat this process to make a to­tal of four cor­ner square units.

PIEC­ING QUAR­TER SQUARE TRI­AN­GLE UNITS

11

Pair a back­ground and medium yel­low

5½in square, RST. Mark a di­ag­o­nal line on the wrong side of the lighter fab­ric and then sew ¼in from ei­ther side of the line (Fig 2). Cut apart on the line and press open to make two HSTs.

12

Place each HST right sides to­gether with a dark yel­low 5½in square. Mark a di­ag­o­nal line on the re­verse of the HST, in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of the seam. Sew ¼in from ei­ther side of the line, and cut apart on the line (Fig 3). Press open and trim each unit care­fully to 4½in square to com­plete two QST units.

13

Re­peat step 11 to make three sets of two match­ing green and back­ground fab­ric HSTs and two sets of two red and back­ground fab­ric HSTs.

14

Re­peat step 12 to make the QST units. Pair each green/back­ground HST with a red 5½in square. Pair each red and back­ground fab­ric HST with a green 5½in square.

PIEC­ING THE RADIATING STAR BLOCK

15

Ar­range the cor­ner square units and yel­low QST units with a medium yel­low

4½in square as shown (Fig 4). 16

Sew the units to­gether in rows, then sew the rows to­gether. Press seams open to com­plete the radiating star block.

PIEC­ING THE SPIN­NING STAR BLOCKS

17

Ar­range four match­ing red/green QST units with four 4½in back­ground squares and one red or green 4½in square as shown (Fig 5). If the larger tri­an­gles of the QSTs are red, choose a green cen­tre square. If the larger tri­an­gles are green, opt for a red cen­tre square.

18

Sew the squares to­gether in rows, then sew the rows to­gether. Press seams open to com­plete one spin­ning star block.

19

Re­peat steps 18–19 to make a to­tal of five spin­ning star blocks, us­ing match­ing sets of QSTs in each block.

PIEC­ING FRIEND­SHIP STAR BLOCKS

20

Re­peat step 11, pair­ing each of twenty-two red 3in squares and twenty-two green 3in squares, with a 3in back­ground square, to make a to­tal of forty-four red/back­ground HSTs and forty-four green/back­ground HSTs.

21

Ar­range four match­ing HSTs with one match­ing red or green 2 in square and four 2 in back­ground squares, as shown (Fig 6). Sew to­gether in three rows of three to com­plete one friend­ship star block.

22

Re­peat step 22 to make a to­tal of eleven red friend­ship star blocks and eleven green friend­ship star blocks.

PIEC­ING THE QUILT TOP

23

Ar­range the blocks and the back­ground pieces on ei­ther side of the rows as shown, us­ing the long­est pieces at the top and the short­est pieces at the bot­tom (Lay­out di­a­gram). Row 1 is the 6 in x 60 in back­ground strip and Row 10 is the 2 in x

60 in back­ground strip.

24

Sew each row to­gether. In Rows 5 and

9, be­gin by sewing the friend­ship star blocks in pairs, be­fore join­ing them to the other sec­tions of the row.

25

Sew the rows to­gether, press­ing seams open, to com­plete the quilt top.

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

26

Cut back­ing fab­ric in half across width. Re­move selvedges and re-join pieces with a in seam. Press the seam open.

27

Press the quilt top and back­ing well. Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the back­ing fab­ric right side down, the bat­ting on top, then the quilt top cen­trally and right side up. Baste all these lay­ers to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred method. 28

Quilt as de­sired. Yvonne quilted hor­i­zon­tal lines across the tree and ver­ti­cal lines across the back­ground.

29

Join the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open and trim away each of the dog ears, then fold in half length­wise, WST, and press.

30

Sew the bind­ing to the front of the quilt, fold­ing a mitre at each cor­ner, then fold it over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

Mix and match your quilt­ing thread shades as you go

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