Spin­ning Stars

The per­fect study in color gra­da­tion.

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CUT­TING

From dark blue print A: • Cut 1 (41/2" x 20") strip. Sub­cut strip into 4 (21/2" x 41/2") AY rec­tan­gles. From medium/dark blue print B: • Cut 1 (41/2" x 20") strip. Sub­cut strip into 8 (21/2" x 41/2") BY rec­tan­gles. From dark brown solid A: • Cut 1 (27/ 8" x 20") strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (27/ 8") AW squares. From cream print G: • Cut 1 (41/2" x 20") strip. Sub­cut strip into 4 (21/2" x 41/2")

GY rec­tan­gles. From light tan solid F/G: • Cut 2 (27/ 8" x 20") strips. Sub­cut strips into 12 (27/ 8")

F/GW squares. From light brown solid D: • Cut 2 (27/ 8" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 22 (27/ 8") DW squares. From tan solid E: • Cut 2 (27/ 8" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 18 (27/ 8") EW squares. From medium brown solid B/C: • Cut 2 (27/ 8" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 18 (27/ 8")

B/CW squares. From medium blue print C: • Cut 2 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 28 (21/2" x 41/2")

CY rec­tan­gles. From cream/beige print F: • Cut 2 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 20 (21/2" x 41/2")

FY rec­tan­gles. From light blue print D: • Cut 3 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 44 (21/2" x 41/2")

DY rec­tan­gles. From cream/brown print E: • Cut 3 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 36 (21/2" x 41/2")

EY rec­tan­gles. From navy solid: • Cut 6 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips. From white solid: • Cut 6 (27/ 8" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 72 (27/ 8") X squares. • Cut 18 (21/2" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 288 (21/2") Z squares.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line from cor­ner to cor­ner on the wrong side of each X square and 144 Z squares. 2. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, place an X square right sides to­gether with an AW square and stitch 1/4" on each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line to make two AW-X units. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four AW-X units.

When I de­signed this quilt I wanted an easy-to-piece star. I also wanted some­thing I could cut with my AccuQuilt cut­ting sys­tem. This pat­tern can eas­ily trans­late from tra­di­tional cut­ting meth­ods to us­ing an AccuQuilt GO! Qube 8" Block for the cut­ting. Blues and neu­trals are my fa­vorite color com­bi­na­tion. I wanted to make an easy quilt that used color to set it apart from other star quilts.” —De­bra Clut­ter

3. Re­peat step 2 with all X and W squares to make a to­tal of 144 W-X units as shown

in Fig­ure 2. Note: For the AW-X units, A rep­re­sents the block color and W-X rep­re­sents the pieced unit. Dou­ble let­ters such as B/C in­di­cate that the units are used in both B and C blocks.

4. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 3, place a marked Z square on one end of an AY rec­tan­gle and stitch on the marked line. Trim seam al­lowance to 1/4" and press Z to the right side to com­plete an AY-Z unit. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four AY-Z units. 5.

Re­peat step 4 with all Y and marked Z pieces to make a to­tal of 144 Y-Z units as shown in Fig­ure 4. 6. To com­plete one Spin­ning Star A block, se­lect four each Z squares, AW-X units and AY-Z units. 7. Sew Z to one side of the AW-X unit to make a row as shown in Fig­ure 5; press.

8. Sew the row to the AY-Z unit to make an A block quar­ter as shown in Fig­ure 6; press. 9. Re­peat steps 7 and 8 to com­plete a to­tal of four A block quar­ters. 10. Join two block quar­ters to make an A half-block as shown in Fig­ure 7; press. Re­peat to make a sec­ond A half-block.

11. Join the two A half-blocks to com­plete one Spin­ning Star A block as shown in Fig­ure 8; press.

12. Re­peat steps 6–11 to com­plete a to­tal of two Spin­ning Star B blocks, seven C blocks, 11 D blocks, nine E blocks, five F blocks and one G block, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 8.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the Assem­bly Diagram for con­struc­tion steps.

1. Ar­range the blocks in six rows of six blocks each, start­ing row 1 in the up­per left cor­ner with the one G block and adding two each F and E blocks, and one D block at the end re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 9 for block place­ment; press.

2. Re­peat step 1 with re­main­ing five rows re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 10 for color place­ment.

3. Join the rows to com­plete the quilt top; press.

4. Create a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102. Note: The sam­ple quilt has a dou­ble layer of bat­ting to pro­vide ex­tra loft. 5. Quilt as de­sired. 6. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102 to fin­ish. QW

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