Friday, March 11, 2011

Just One Star Tutorial

Before we start.......in my defense..... the shabby looking cutting board in the following pictures is only about a year old. It obviously needs replacing. Stat.We are heartened by your enthusiasm for this project and here is the promised, albeit somewhat sad, (with a ding-ed up cutting mat) tutorial.

After I dug around in my scrap bin and pressed some scraps I cut out my pieces. I then drew a diagonal line on the star 2" squares.It wasn't long before I had the flying geese segments done. I am making 2 blocks here, one for me and one for Polly.
Once the star was pieced it was time to add the OVERSIZED triangles to the sides.

After I have 2 sides sewn on, I do trim the large dog-ears at this point.Now I add the last two sides and press. No more trimming!!!! Leave oversized and the dear folks at Moda will trim to size.As you see, what you have essentially made is a star block within a square. There is a lot of leeway here to trim to size. My block finishes just a bit over 10" square, but will be much smaller once trimmed. Have a great weekend, and try to fit in a block or two. This is where they need to be sent.

Attn: Just One Star Project
13800 Hutton
Dallas, TX 75234


18 comments:

Cathy said...

I made 2, 1 red and 1 blue. They are all set to go in the mail on Monday. Great cause. Hugs

Sue said...

I've already made one and after a big wedding this weekend, will be making more. Left a post on Facebook too and several friends are getting on board!
Thank you for the tutorial:)

beth said...

Funny. I blogged about this one today also!!

Karen said...

Laurie,
Your blocks are lovely. I plan on making two this weekend. I want to get them out in the mail next week.
I am still considered a new quilter and so your tutorial is much appreciated.

Gayle said...

I mailed mine off on Tuesday!

Jacque. said...

Laurie, I made one last weekend and my lqs is going to get their customers involved. It'll be great! Thank you so much!

Sharon said...

I think they will be getting lots of blocks, the local shop here is collecting them to ship together and I've got 4 ready to send off Monday

Vicky said...

Great tutorial. Might try to get a couple made up next week. And your cutting mat looks just fine! Looks like lots of quilts were cut there! Did I tell ever tell you the story of when my EX-cleaning lady decided to Armour-All mine? LOL.

corinne said...

I have a question does the background color matter?

SueB said...

My group has made twenty we all made 10 red and 10 blue. I am going to mail this week. This is such a great cause and I hope that we all get to hear back from Moda that they were just over whelmed with stars and had to make 200 quilts.

Miss Jean said...

I have my blocks cut out and waiting for me. I'm in Denver and can't work on them until I get home. Over a week away from my sewing machine!!!! Aack!!!!!!!!

Chef Mama Lori said...

I'm working on my first block now. I'm new to quilting/piecing, so hope I am doing this right! I don't know what a sigma pen is. Is there a different type to use? or can you tell me where I might get this pen? Is it a scrapbooking type pen? Thank you!

Sharon said...

It is a Pigma pen, made by Sakura & can be found in hobby & fabric stores, some quilt shops & art supply shops. (Probably also scrapbooking, too.) I have just made my first & was startled by the size, so got on to check & am very reassured. It was 10 1/4". What a lovely idea. My husband was a Marine. Thanks!

Linda said...

I am trying to follow the directions with the pattern for trimming in the first step. Do they want us to trim only the square so that the cream rectangle is still in tact. Keeping the shape better or trip both the square and rectangle reducing the bulk. I planning on offering star kits to some of the ladies at the church so would appreciate an email response so I can give complete instructions. Thanks Linda email at lindaidoering@gamil.com

Linda said...

It's me again with the trimming question email
lindaidoering@gmail.com

stability? or less bulk?

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate being able to contribute to this. Is there somewhere where they are keeping a running tally of how many stars they are getting? I am thinking they may be overwhelmed with the response. I know of a couple hundred that will be mailed from one group. What will they do if they have thousands of extra stars?

Carol Ulrich said...

I made 10 blocks and since I am handicapped myself, I could not get them posted until Mon. 4/25. Hubby posted them "the cheapest way". Now I am scared they will not get to Dallas by 5/1. Do you allow any leeway? I would appreciate an answer from someone.
Carol Ulrich
cnkulrich@yahoo.com

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