Turn basic QST blocks into an irresistable arrangement of Ohio Stars and spinning squares, in pastel hues with a punch of blue
Turn basic CST blocks into an irresistible arrangement of Ohio Stars and spinning squares
YOU WILL NEED
■ Print fabrics: six (6) ½yd
■ Background fabric: 3¼yds
■ Border fabric: 1¼yds
■ Batting: 68in x 82in
■ Backing fabric: 4½yds
■ Binding fabric: ½yd
■ 64in x 76in
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams to one side, unless otherwise instructed.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ QST = Quarter-square Triangle.
■ Quilting by Cheryl Tessitore.
Fabrics are all from the Grunge collection by Moda, in Picnic, Gris, Powder Blue, Lime Punch, Cabbage, Peony, Peach Nectar and White Paper.
From the background fabric cut:
■ Sixty (60) 5½in squares.
■ One hundred and twenty (120)
From one print fabric (aqua) cut:
■ Four (4) 4½in squares.
■ Eight (8) 5½in squares.
From one print fabric (navy) cut:
■ Six (6) 4½in squares.
■ Twelve (12) 5½in squares.
From each of the remaining four print fabrics cut:
■ Five (5) 4½in squares.
■ Ten (10) 5½in squares.
From the border fabric cut:
■ One hundred and twenty (120)
■ Four (4) 2½in x 30½in strips.
■ Four (4) 2½in x 38½in strips.
From the binding fabric cut:
■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.
PIECING THE QSTS
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each background fabric 5½in square. Place a background square RST with a print fabric 5½in square and sew ¼in either side of the drawn line. Cut across the drawn line, rotate 90 degrees and cut again from corner to corner to make four triangle units (Fig 1). Press seams towards the darker fabric.
Place two triangle units RST, with opposite fabrics facing and nesting the seams. Sew together. Press seams to the sides, opening the seam at the centre to make a swirl. Trim each QST unit to measure 4½in square (Fig 2). Repeat steps
7– 8 to make a total of one hundred and twenty QST units.
PIECING THE CORNER UNITS
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each border fabric 2½in square. Place RST in the corner of a background
CONTRAST AGAINST THE SHARP ANGLES WITH SOFT, SWIRLED FREEMOTION QUILTING
fabric 4½in square and sew along the drawn line (Fig 3).
Trim ¼in away from the line, towards the corner of the square. Press seams towards the darker fabric (Fig 4). Repeat steps 9–10 to make a total of one hundred and twenty corner units.
PIECING THE BORDERS
Place two border 2½in x 30½in strips RST and sew together to make one 2½in x
60½in strip. Repeat to make two strips.
Place two border 2½in x 38½in strips RST and sew together to make one 2½in x 76½in strip. Repeat to make two strips.
Arrange four matching QST blocks, four corner units and one print fabric 4½in square, as shown (Fig 5). Sew together in three rows of three and press seams open. Sew the rows together, press seams open. Repeat to make a total of fifteen Block A.
Arrange four matching QST blocks, four corner units and one print fabric
4 in square, as shown (Fig 6). Sew together in three rows of three, pressing seams open. Sew the rows together, and press the seams open. Repeat to make a total of fifteen Block B.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Lay the blocks out in six rows of five blocks, referring to the photography for placement. Sew the blocks into rows, and press the seams open. Sew the rows together, pressing seams open.
Place one of the 2 in x 60 in border strips at the top of the quilt, RST. Sew together, pressing seams towards the darker fabric. Repeat with the second
2 in x 60 in border strip at the bottom of the quilt top.
Place one of the 2 in x 76 in border strips on the right side of the quilt, RST. Sew together, pressing seams towards the darker fabric. Repeat with the second 2 in x 76 in border strip on the opposite side of the quilt top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and sew the two pieces together along the long edges using a 1/2 in seam. Press the seam open.
Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then place the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Cheryl quilted a freemotion pattern of swirls. Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away any dog ears. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together, and press.
Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, creating a neat mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and carefully hand stitch in place to finish.
TOP TIPS When trimming QSTs, align one diagonal seam with the diagonal line of your quilt ruler and trim along the side and top. Turn the block around, align the other diagonal seam and trim remaining sides.