Hello, everyone!! I have been enjoying watching everyone’s progress on IG. And we are sooooo close!!
All that’s left to make for our quilt top is the background blocks. We have so far made 15 varying sawtooth star blocks, and now need 15 background blocks. That 15 may sound like a big number, but we are going to roll right through this step super quick (while we ogle lovely fabrics).
I like adding background blocks to my quilts. You may have noticed that I do it in almost every quilt I make. Seriously. It gives quilts space. It doesn’t crowd the blocks (our stars) that we worked so hard on, and it just gives a more modern feel. Don’t you think? If you are wondering what I’m rambling about, see this quilt, or this one, or my very favorite one here. The point is some negative space.
However, if you don’t want negative space that’s fine too! And we’ll talk more about that at the bottom.
Let’s make background blocks!
Basically, all we are doing here is making a 4-patch.
Fabric Requirements: (60) 6.5″ squares in your background fabric OR whatever color you’d prefer to use (be yourself!) These can be cut from (10) 1/4 yds. or 10 fat quarters, your choice.
Cutting: option 1) Cut (10) 6.5″ strips of background fabric. Subcut each strip into (6) 6.5″ squares.
option 2) From (10) fat quarters, cut (2) 6.5″ strips. Subcut each strip into (3) 6.5″ squares.
We are going to do some super fast chain piecing and I’m going to show you how. After your fabrics are cut, getting these blocks completed takes me about an hour to an hour and a half.
First, pair each 6.5″ square with another 6.5″ square. With right sides together, sew them together using 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure if you are using directional prints like mine, all of them are turned the right way.
Now sew the first one, don’t lift up your presser foot when you are done, and don’t cut the thread. Sew the next pair, and then the next pair and continue until all your 6.5″ squares are paired and sewn.
When you are done, you will have a piece that looks like the two images above. Now you can cut the thread that connect them.
Now, take all of them to your ironing board and separate them into two different stacks. It doesn’t matter what goes where as long as each stack has the exact same amount of paired squares. Are you with me?
Keep your stacks separate. From your first stack (doesn’t matter which one), press your seam to the left. On your second stack, press your seam to the right.
Take one (2-patch?) from each stack, pin your seam (don’t forget to nest your seams). Now you will sew them together like the image above. Right sides together, and using a 1/4″ seam.
You can totally chain piece this step too. I always do.
And then BAM! Done. Don’t forget to press! You should have 15 of these little babies.
Maybe you don’t? Well, you could create 15 more sawtooth stars. You could make all the stars we already made all over again. You could…… just have whole background blocks instead of 4-patch. If you did want to do that, just cut a 12.5″ square from 15 different fat quarters and you’d be good to go. Maybe you’ll make background blocks, but make them a whole different way. Maybe smaller squares?
The point is that this is YOUR quilt and nobody can tell you what you want so feel the freedom of being yourself and make it however you want to make it. You are still eligible for the label drawing as long as you make some kind of squares, any kind of squares, and there needs to be 15 of them……..or else the rest of this quilt along is not going to make sense to you, nor is the math.
Extra entry into the drawing if you post a picture on IG of all your blocks on your design wall, or design floor :).
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