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In the last few months, I have made not 1 but 2 (!) twin Star Wars Galaxy Quilts. Today I am sharing the first of two tutorials so that you can make your own.

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The tutorials for the actual quilt include 2 layout options in 3 sizes (toddler, large throw, and queen). This quilt is very to adapt–by increasing or decreasing the number of rows, you can easily make it almost any size you want.

I share a graphic at the end of the post showing what a quilt made of wonky stars in a variety of sizes and bright colors could look like, so keep reading 😉

Star Wars Quilt

Each wonky star consists of (13) 5” squares. In this case, 8 light/low volume squares and 5 dark squares. I used black or navy fabrics for my dark squares. You could easily reverse this, and have a light square in a dark background.

Wonky star blocks are so much fun to make, and work well for any feature fabric, novelty or not. They also work really well for group sewing projects.

Here are two wonky star quilt examples:
Wonky Star Charity Quilt (I made this one with help)
Wonky Star Baby Quilt (made for my baby by *so* many friends)

 

Wonky Star // A Quilt Block Tutorial

14.5” x 14.5” quilt block [unfinished] // all seams are 1/4”

Cutting Instructions

For each block, cut:

Light/Low Volume Cut 8 5” x 5”
Dark/Feature Print Cut 5 5” x 5”

Cut (4) of the dark 5” x 5” squares in half along the diagonal; this does not have to be exact.

Note about fabric selection: This block usually works best if all of the dark/feature fabrics are the same print (or at least the same color), and if there is a lot of contrast in color and value between the light prints and the dark prints. To check for this, take a photo of your block before you sew it, and then change it to a black and white photo. You will instantly be able to tell if there is enough contrast between the star and background fabric.

In my quilts, I do mix it up sometimes, and usually include one or two blocks with dark fabrics that are not all the same.  For clarity, I used 7 black triangles and 1 dark gray triangle in the diagram. feel free to do this, or stick to the more conventional 8 black triangles of the same fabric. 

Block Instructions

Step 1: Choose (1) light square and (1) dark triangle. Place the dark triangle (right sides together) on the light square as shown. Stitch along the edge of the triangle, using a 1/4” seam allowance. You can rotate the triangle at different angles as you would like: this is what makes the star “wonky.”

Note: If you use solid fabrics, then make a choice about which is the “right” and “wrong” side. It matters with some brands of solids, it doesn’t with others.  

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Step 2: Trim the light colored square along the 1/4” seam line.

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Step 3: Open the triangle and press the seam.

Step 4: Place a second dark triangle (right sides together) on the square/triangle combo, as shown below. Stitch along the edge of the triangle, using a 1/4” seam allowance. You can rotate the triangle at different angles as you would like: this is what makes the star “wonky.”

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Step 5: Trim the light colored square (and 1st triangle) along the 1/4” seam line, as shown below.

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Step 6: Open the triangle and press, as shown below.

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Step 7: Trim the piece into a 5” square.

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Step 8: Repeat Steps 1-7 three more times, until you have 4 pieced square units.

Step 9: Lay out your 4 pieced units, 4 additional light/low volume squares, and center (dark) square as shown below.

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Step 9: Sew the three vertical rows together. Press seams.

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Step 10: Sew each of the rows together. Press seams.

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If you choose 5 dark squares that are all the same, your finished block will look something like the block below.

Final Star Block

Interested to see what a quilt like this could look like in non-Star Wars colors, and with a variety of sizes? Isn’t this nice and cheery?

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SummerSampler2016_SummerSlice_Block2

Block 2 of the Summer Sampler 2016 launched today! It has been so fun to see blocks popping up (already!) in the #summersampler2016 hashtag on Instagram (I’m @swimbikequilt) as well as in our Facebook group. This block, Summer Slice, is designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and she has a blog post today where she shows how different fabric choices change the look of the block. Definitely worth checking it out.

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I spent quite a bit of time this past week at the International Quilt Market*, held in Salt Lake City. More on that later this week, but I must have really liked the Cotton and Steel booths, because I came home and decided I needed to add a bit into my quilt. The little fish is from Sarah Watt’s new line, From Porto with Love.

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I was luck to snag a fat quarter bundle of From Porto with Love (shown above) at Sample Spree. The sheep are from an older line by Alexia Abegg called Clover. My husband says this is his favorite block ever, due to the fish.

*International Quilt Market is a semi-annual trade show that is closed to the general public. Vendors, fabric manufacturers, and designers show their new products and fabric lines at Market. It is held every fall in Houston, and the spring show rotates locations. Since it was 20 minutes from my house this year, I attended as an “industry professional” (as opposed to a buyer, author, etc.) Sample Spree is where a number of fabric companies and vendors sell fabric, rulers, notions, etc., which in theory are then used to make samples out of the new lines. More on this later this week!*

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We have quite a number of newer quilters that are sewing along with the Summer Sampler, so I thought they would appreciate the photo below. I was glad I realized there was a cut in my white fabric *before* I sewed the block together. Phew! If you are a newer quilter, I would invite you to join the Facebook group, if you haven’t. It is a positive and supportive place to ask questions, learn as you go, and share your work!

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All of the Summer Sampler 2016 details are below–you can join in at any time! If joining after Week 1, you will receive all of the patterns already released, including the current week’s pattern.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
We hope you sew along with us!

 

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SummerSampler2016_turkeyvulture

Today is the day! The Summer Sampler 2016 kicks off today with this great block by AnneMarie from GenX Quilters. You will want to read her story about this block–yikes!

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Here is the block in progress– rotated and without the outer border–I think Turkey Vulture has a lot of potential, with or without the border.

I’ve loved seeing fabric pulls and even finished blocks on Instagram [#summersampler2016] and also in our private Facebook group. It has made a gray Monday much brighter.

All of the Summer Sampler 2016 details are below–you can join in at any time! If joining after Week 1, you will receive all of the patterns already released, including the current week’s pattern.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
We hope you sew along with us!

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SummerSamplerSwatch_colormyquiltHave you signed up for the Summer Sampler 2016 yet? You still have a few days to get pre-sale pricing ($19.99 pricing ends Sunday night).

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If you have signed up, have you picked your fabric yet? I love choosing fabric, and have wanted to start sharing some of my fabric pulls here with a new category (Color My Quilt, you can click on the categories in the right hand sidebar) and on Instagram with the hashtag #colormyquilt. If you are IG, I would love you to use the hashtag and tag me (@swimbikequilt). Picking fabric is my favorite part of quilting, so I might as well celebrate it since it happens at the very beginning.

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I started with some great screen prints from Karen Lewis’ collection, Blueberry Park.

After an initial pull, I always like to add something unexpected. Lately, that seems to be citrus yellow. I went through my fabric and scrap bin and pulled similar colors. SummerSamplerSwatches_colormyquilt

Some of the blocks in this Sampler are a little complicated, so I chose solids and small prints that are either color + white, or color + a darker color in the same hue. summersamplerrainbow2_colormyquilt

Lately, I have started cutting a small swatch of every fabric that I think I might want to use. I arrange the swatches in rainbow order as well as randomly, and edit as I go. I find it easier to do this than to arrange and rearrange fat quarters and scraps. Of course I can add or delete fabrics as I go along, but this helps me see if there is a balance of color, shade, etc.

note: we suggest at least 20 fqs for the quilt along. Obviously more is okay, too :)

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