Despite best intentions to have another post up between Doodle posts I seem to have failed. Sometimes life just gets in the way . . . !
So, over on the chrisandbarbaraquilts blog you can find our April doodle which this month features Boxed Star – actually a very similar block to last month, Barbara is having an Eight-Pointed Star moment!
If you prefer to rotary cut then you will need to cut two 3 and 3/8 inch squares, cut in half diagonally, for the four corner burgundy squares and the same for the purple triangles around the star; two 4 and 3/4 inch squares, cut in four diagonally, for the eight burgundy outer triangles; four 3inch squares in purple (or your colour choice – this one is a bit garish!) and from the white four 3 x 4 and 1/8 inches. The yellow star diamonds are cut from 2 and 1/4 inch wide strips – cut them as you did for last month’s star and the instructions are here. This block is not easy to rotary cut – the measurements are rounded up to the nearest 1/8 inch but a bit of fudging may be required to get everything to fit.
To piece the block the instructions are again similar to last month’s. Piece the centre star first. (oops – a triangle seems to have wandered off in the penultimate picture – I’ll probably find it on the virtual floor later!)
Piece the block corners and then add them to the centre star – opposite corners first is easier.
You can download the colouring sheet on the chrisandbarbara blog post here.
There are several blocks called Monkey Wrench – this one is sometimes called Snail Trail and is essentially a 4-patch within several squares, so we’ve added it to the blocks associated with the Square-in-a-Square tutorial.
Just set on its own this two fabric block can look a bit so-so . . .
but turn alternate blocks around and you get the classic Snail Trail pattern.
But what if you add another colour?
The quilt could then look more like this
Or add yet another colour
which gives you more opportunities for playing with the arrangements
or this – which reminds me of waves breaking on the shore
This time our Square in a Square unit has pieced triangles around the centre square. You can download the instructions for the free block pattern, Right and Left,here. If you need help with the piecing you can download a free step-by-step tutorial from the Tutorials page or go direct to the pdf here.
When put together these blocks form a secondary pattern of Pinwheels at their junctions. You can have fun playing with the colourings of these triangles to create different effects. And, as with most of these Square in a Square blocks, the centre square allows you to play with ‘fussy-cutting’ large or bold prints.
Or you can turn the blocks on point, colour the corner triangles differently and make something like this –
February already, and the fourth block in our quilt-along Block of the Month quilt. This time it’s the turn of Churn Dash, but with an added twist – ‘Churn Dash Variation’, if you like – I have added Flying Geese units to the traditional block.
Sometimes called Diamond in a Square this unit/block is worth learning how to make as it crops everywhere from a unit in assorted bocks to a simple block used as a ‘spacer’ between more complicated blocks where, as you will see further down the page, it can create the illusion of a star within the quilt design.