Evening Star

It’s hard to believe this seemingly endless summer that basically started in March is coming to a close. Before it ends, Moda Bakeshop is doing a fantastic summer quiltalong they have named Summer in the Country. All of the designers (chefs in bakeshop lingo) who are participating in the full quilt are using Back Porch by Me and My Sister Designs that hits shops in August. This week, it is my turn to share the 12″ block I’ve come up with for the quiltalong.

I have always loved a star in a star block and this triple star is too fun for my tiny pieces loving heart. For those of you who might not love tiny pieces as much, there is also an option to omit the innermost star and just do 2 stars. Either way, the block is such a fun traditional block.

For the cutting and assembly instructions, head to Moda Bake Shop. Each week there are 2 blocks shared so whether or not you are participating, it is a great resource for 12″ blocks!

Half-Square Triangle Quilt in Create Fabric (free tutorial!)

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for a good way to use up small-ish cuts of fabric in a meaningful way. If you have just (10) fat quarters or (10) 1/4 yard cuts as well as 2 yards of background fabric, I have the quilt for you! This quilt finishes at 60″ x 72″ and is the perfect size for a nice snuggle quilt and it really only requires that much fabric!!!

For this quilt, I used the amazingly saturated and beautiful line of fabric by Riley Blake Designs debut designer Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. She is known for her amazing foundation paper piecing patterns and a love of all things gradient and rainbow. This fabric line is exactly what I would expect her to design, in the best way. Bright. Vibrant. FUN!

I used 10 different prints from Create as well as Blossom Rainbow (C730-Rainbow) for this fun quilt.

To start your quilt, you’ll need to cut out your fabric.

Cut (10) 7″ x width of fabric (WOF) squares of background

From each fat quarter or 1/4 yard, cut (6) 7″ squares

Once your fabric is cut, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 7″ square of background fabric

Sew 1/4″ away from the center on BOTH sides, then cut down the drawn line to separate the half-square triangles (HSTs).

Press to the print side, then trim each HST to 6 1/2″. I love my Bloc Loc ruler when it comes to trimming HSTs. It saves my sanity every single time.

Arrange the HSTs into vertical rows of 12 triangles, sew the HSTs together into rows, then sew the rows together into a top. It really does feel like magic to make such a useable size quilt from such a small amount of fabric!

I backed this quilt in a Kaleidoscope Riley Blake print in Shamrock. I wanted to deviate from my norm (pink) and I love the vibrant hue of this backing. Kristy smartly designed some stripes that make for a perfect binding. Look for Create to hit your local quilt shop or favorite online shop soon!

Pre-cuts Countdown Chain in Santa Claus Lane

Christmas fabrics are some of my very favorite to collect and use. They are bright, happy, and make me smile. This latest collection by Melissa Mortenson called Santa Claus Lane for Riley Blake Designs is no exception. In my house, pink and aqua are Christmas colors. I love the non-traditional addition to red and green. This line fits in great with my Christmas aesthetic.

A few years ago, I made each of our siblings and parents a Pre-cuts Countdown Chain by Holly Lesué. It was a really fun labor of love. Looking to the future, I also made an extra set for my kids so they could have them when they’re all grown up. I hope they want them… either way, they’ve been made while I have the energy to do so. Little did I know at the time I was making these Christmas countdown chains that we would have a surprise baby. When I saw this fabric range I knew it would make the perfect set of pre-cuts countdown chains for our daughter.

I love the metallic details sprinkled in here and there and the perfect shades of mint green and pink. Having made now probably 14 sets of countdown chains, I can say they are a favorite project to reset my creative energy. If you are interested in making your own, Holly of Maker Valley offers the pattern in her shop.

Santa Claus Lane by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs is shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon, so keep an eye out for all of your Christmas project needs!