This pattern uses layer cakes, charm packs, fat quarters, scraps OR yardage. If you're like me, you have a lot of pre-cut fabrics in your sewing room, and you have no idea what to do with them. I kept buying fat quarters, layer cakes and charm packs, and finally I said "Enough!" and decided not to buy any more until I made something with some of them. I have always liked patterns that are not quite what you expect them to be, so the crooked stars appealed to me. I particularly like patterns that you don't have to spend a lot of time matching points. Mostly I look for patterns with squares and rectangles, but although this pattern uses triangles, no fussy techniques are needed to make the points sharp! I love it. There are illustrated instructions for making a twin, double or queen sized quilt included. This is an easy pattern, and it is good for beginners. Fabric Requirements: Fat Quarters: each fat quarter makes 2 blocks Charm Pack: (40 fabrics) each charm pack makes 8 blocks Scraps: 5 - 5" squares per block. Layer Cake: (40 fabrics) each layer cake makes 32 squares Twin Bed: 60" x 74" finished size (15 blocks) Fat Quarters: 8, but you may want more for variety or Charm Packs: (40 squares) 2 or Scraps: 1 5/8 yards assorted fabrics or Layer Cake: 1 also needed: Background: 3 yards assorted fabrics Border: 1 yard Double bed: 74" x 87" finished size (20 blocks) Fat quarters: 9 - 10 or Charm Packs: 3 or Scraps: 2 yards assorted fabrics or Layer Cake: 1 also needed: Background: 3 1/2 yards of assorted light fabrics. Border: 1 yard Queen Bed: 81" x 94" finished size (30 blocks) Fat Quarters: 15 or Charm packs: 4 or Layer Cake: 1 or Scraps: 4 1/2 yards assorted fabrics also needed: Background: 4 5/8 yards assorted fabrics Border: 1 yard
I have been quilting for many, many years, and I still love creating beautiful things from fabric. I have been sewing since I was a child. My first sewing machine was a little hand-cranked toy which ...
I have been quilting for many, many years, and I still love creating beautiful things from fabric. I have been sewing since I was a child. My first sewing machine was a little hand-cranked toy which made a chain stitch. Then I had an electric one which had an on/off button. I finally graduated to a sewing machine with a foot pedal when I was 14. I started making my own clothes then. That was back in the days when fabric was inexpensive.
I started quilting as a means of keeping warm when I lived in a poorly heated house. Money was scarce, so I got old clothing from the thrift shop. I cut it up and sewed it into beautiful quilts. Gradually, the knitting, crochet, embroidery and macrame was pushed aside and quilting took over more and more of my spare time. I caught the bug and I was hooked.
I love cotton fabric. I love the different designs printed onto it. I have a large collection, probably more than I could ever use. I also love thread. Since I stopped buying so much fabric I now buy every beautiful spool of thread I see. Variegated thread is my favorite.
In my other life, I am a registered nurse working in a residential care plus emergency room facility in a very tiny town.