I’ve finished up the blocks for a couple of quilts, finished a top, and finished a whole quilt in the past few weeks. This has left me with some empty bins and the need to start some new projects. I already have several bins with fabric pulled, so needed to spend some time figuring out patterns to use with fabrics I already have.
Sometimes I just choose a block pattern I like and the quilt kind of takes shape once I’ve made the blocks as I make decisions about how to set them, whether to use sashes or borders and whether to piece the sashes or borders.
Other times, I like to do a bit of playing with EQ7 before I do any fabric cutting. Though I never design quilts in EQ7 and then make the exact quilt with the exact fabrics used in the program as I enjoy seeing the surprise of watching the real quilt come to life when I’ve not already seen a picture of it. I do enjoy using EQ7 to play with ideas about settings, fabrics, colors, textures, and so on though. Since it takes much less time to design quilts in EQ7 than it does to create them in fabric, I can come up with several versions of a quilt using different fabrics and colors in less time than it would take me to cut the fabrics to actually make the quilt. This allows me to play, have fun, and play with a lot of ideas and fabrics and still enjoy the creative wonder of watching a quilt come to life in fabric.
For the quilts I’ll be featuring in this post, I started with a nifty feature in EQ7 which allows you to choose a complex setting scheme and then apply blocks, fabrics, and colors to the scheme.
I started with a layout for a 47×47 inch quilt…a good size for a lap or baby quilt.
I used a cluster of 4 Sawtooth Star blocks set on point in the center and then some wide borders and another Sawtooth Star block in each corner. I like the effect.
Here are the fabric yardage requirements for each of the versions above:
The pansy version:
You will need 1 1/8 yard of the bright pink. This measurement assumes that you are piecing long strips (aka the outer border).
You will need 5/8 yard of the white which is the background for the stars
You will need one yard of the pansy fabric
You will need 7/8 yards of the purple.
For the kitty version:
You will need 1 1/8 yard of the pink polka dot. This measurement assumes that you are piecing long strips (aka the outer border).
You will need 5/8 yard of the lavender
You will need 3/8 yard of the kitty print
You will need 1 7/8 yard of the yellow
For the pretty pink floral version:
You will need 1 1/4 yard of the pink. This measurement assumes that you are piecing long strips (aka the outer border).
You will need 5/8 yard of the cream
You will need 3/8 yard of the floral print
You will need 1 5/8 yard of the green
The Cutting List:
What pieces you will need to cut from each fabric will be determined by which version of the quilt you are making.
For The Star Blocks:
For EACH star block you will need to cut the following:
From fabric for the background of the star:
Cut 4 squares that are each 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches for the 4 corners of the block.
Cut 1 square that is 6 x 6 inches these are cut on both diagonals. These make the large triangles that are the background of the star block.
From fabric for the star points:
Cut 4 squares that are 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, cut once on the diagonal. These form the points of the star.
From the fabric for the star centers:
Cut 1 square 5 1/4 x 5 1/4. These form the center of the star.
For The Setting Blocks:
Cut 2 squares that are 14 3/8 inches by 14 3/8 inches. Cut each of these on the diagonal. You will use these to set the center cluster of 4 star blocks on point.
1st Wide Border–Nearest The Center Of The Quilt:
Cut 4 strips that are each 27 1/2 inches by 5 inches
2nd Wide Border–Closest To The Outside Of The Quilt:
Cut 4 strips that are each 27 1/2 inch by 5 inches
You will need 2 strips that are 1 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches. You will need to piece these sections.
You will need 2 strips that are 1 1/2 x 45 1/2 inches. You will need to piece these sections.
Construct The Quilt:
Begin by piecing the sawtooth star blocks. Then join 4 sawtooth star blocks for medallion center. Add setting corners to set star cluster on point. Join wide borders together along the long sides. Join two of the border sections to the quilt at the top and the bottom of the center unit. Add sawtooth star blocks to ends of remaining 2 border units. Join these units to the quilt. Attach the left and right narrow borders and then the top and bottom narrow borders. Layer and quilt!