Trawling through photos of quilts looking for inspiration for a scrappy post I came across this little quilt.
I’d called it Higgledy-Piggledy Stars many years ago before computers got too smart. But now? Spellcheck really doesn’t like that name – perhaps we should just call it Wonky Stars instead. But whatever its called, it is a great way to use up scraps. This one is a 9-patch with smaller 4-patch stars in the cornerstones of the border.
You can make each block with scraps of the same colour – as I have in my quilt
Or you can make them with different scraps.
You could use different prints, but similar colour, backgrounds as in my quilt.
At the moment the pattern for this little quilt is available as a Free Pattern in the Meadowside Designs Payhip Shop – along with several others – if you fancied giving it a go.
As some of you may have noticed, we have been doing a star block every week over on our sister site Meadowside Designs. The other week we featured one just called Two Colours – it was ok (ish) but needed a few tweaks, partly to make it easier to rotary cut and machine piece. The tweaks opened up a few more possibilities for colouring and it struck us that it would make quite a good candidate for a scrappy block.
You can find out a little more – and download instructions to make it – over on Meadowside but here is what a quilt or two might look like if done scrappy-style, without sashing
and with sashing.
Barbara and I are bouncing ideas off each other with these scrappy posts. I said I would do scrappy stars this Sunday but hadn’t decided which one to look at until I saw Barbara’s post last week about squares. There is a star block called Sawtooth Squares. This is how you usually see it coloured in – just one colour family for all the pieces.
But no reason why you can’t do a scrappy one.
Or several ones and turn them into a scrappy quilt.
Download the rotary cutting instructions for a 12 inch block and have a go. Remember that your backgrounds can be scrappy too.
Download a colouring page as well – a little downtime amid the chaos of life today.
And suddenly its March! If the techie gods have been kind then our March EQ Doodles are up on the Doodles page; if not, then hopefully they will find their way there soon.
Our block for March is Doris’ Delight, a variation of 54-40 or Fight.
Over on the Doodles page we’ve changed the shading around a few times and given you a few ideas for quilt settings. But what about a scrappy version?
We would suggest keeping the star points the same colour – not necessarily the same fabric, just the same colour and then mix and match the other pieces – bright plus light for instance – and move them around. You might end up with blocks a bit like these two
But what about a quilt?
Alternating the light/bright placements and keeping the points the same colour does seem to work. Download a quilt to colour here and the templates, rotary cutting measurements and even a foundation piecing pattern (for the Peaky and Spike units) can be downloaded here if you fancy making some 12 inch blocks for real.
More strips this week, and more stars too. You can use your scrap strips to make two Eight-Point star blocks – Cross Roads
and Liberty Star.
These have strips of equal width within the star points but you could join random strips together and just cut the star diamonds from those.
If you want to have a play then you can download the templates for a 12 inch block here.
See you next week for more scrappiness.
Hopefully by now technology has been playing nicely (for a change) and the January Doodles are up on our doodles page. We thought we would introduce a new element to our Scrappy Sunday posts by adding in a scrappy version of the monthly doodle.
This month’s doodle is based on eight-pointed stars and the two blocks turned into a quilt might look like this –
But if we change those controlled blues to lots of blues and put them into a quilt then we could get something like this
Not very different but (possibly) more interesting.
Or we could go mad and use up lots of scraps from our scrap sacks and we might end up with something like this.
A bit riotous? But using the same background fabric tames them a bit. Or you can try the third way . . . a more controlled palette than the multi-coloured one but add a little more colour into the blues.
You can download a doodle to colour here. And if you fancy making the quilt – or just a couple of 12 inch blocks – then you can download the templates for the Le Moyne Star here and the Four Stars block here.
Risen from her sickbed (at last – Barbara) Chris has put the latest free pattern up on the website. This latest offering is Sawtooth Star – yet more half-square triangles, or you could make those star points with Flying Geese units (I’m sure we were supposed to be doing something with Flying Geese soon – Chris). A few ideas for settings are on the flickr page as well as included in the free pattern pdf.