I hope everyone is having a great week-end and for those of you in Canada....Happy Canada Day!
I am so excited that it is my month to host! Back in January I found this block online and fell in love with it right away. Since my quilting skills were quite new I thought it might be too hard for me to make. I also couldn't get away with not making you one to show so I thought maybe it wasn’t the block for me. Month after month you all have such creative blocks for me to make for you so I thought..Hey I can do it and I did.
The block I am asking you all to make for me is Cherie’sCarpenter Star.
Cherie has an amazing tutorial on her site http://sewandsoquilts.blogspot.ca/ it's on the left hand side.
The block looks quite complicated, but in the end it just ends up being 43 HST’s. Now if you are like me and rather hate HST’s and having to trim them down I give you permission to come to Saskatchewan and kick me.
The block actually comes together quite easily. I think the hardest part is laying out all of your blocks and then making sure you sew the right ones together. I spent WAY too much time thinking I was sewing the right blocks together to only realize they were upside down.
My colour choices for this block are
Background = White
Fabric 1 = any colour you want. Pattern, solid your choice. (I used yellow)
Fabric 2 = black and white. Any black and white pattern will do.
I am just going to give you all a few pics to show you some info that may make things easier.
When you are sewing the 7" squares together you will get a lovely little X on the back(hard to see in this pic) but it gives you exactly where to cut. If you are printing out the tutorial make sure all the lines Cherie provides show up on the paper, When i printed it the ----- lines didn't show for me.
The 7" squares will give you 4 hst's
I am sure you all know how to trim up HST's use the diagonal line on your square ruler to find the correct size you want and trim the excess. The line up the opposite end and do the same thing
It's okay if there is a lot to trim off. For the HST's 2.75= 2 3/4". I read that wrong and trimmed to 2.78 and then had to retrim....LOL
Making sure everything is layed out correct is key..trust me!
My finished block. Sorry for the wonky picture!
I hope you all have fun making this block. I will be e-mailing my address later today. If you have any questions just let me know!