A Happy 4th

We’ve had a good start to our 4th of July…
Starting with donuts and a parade long enough to wear everybody out.
We took a nice Sunday afternoon drive up to the mountains…
…and if I can coax everyone into afternoon naps I’ll get the binding on this with a few hours to spare before we head out to eat eat eat and watch fireworks….and eat some more.
Happy 4th of July!

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July star blocks tutorial

I’ve written a free printable pattern in 5 sizes for this quilt…you can find it HERE! 

 

 

 
This is probably the most basic star block.   But it is a classic favorite that looks good in any fabric, and is easy to re-size to make smaller or larger.
 
You can see my full quilt top here.  Or the finished quilt here.
 
My blocks finish at 11″  (10.5″ after squaring…if you square them).
 

 

 
Start with 8 – 4″ background squares, 1 – 4″ center square, and 8 – 3″ squares for the star points.
 
On 4 of the background squares place a 3″ square in a corner right sides together and sew from corner to corner.  The tape trick comes in handy again on these blocks.  Cut the corner off leaving 1/4″ and press open.
 

 

 
Place another 3″ square in an adjacent corner and repeat the steps.
 

 

 
Layout your squares again and sew the squares into three rows.
 

 

 
Press the seams of each row in opposite directions, and sew the rows together.
 

 

 
The finished block should be 11″.  I squared my blocks up to 10.5″.
 
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48 blocks (6 in each row, 8 rows) makes a perfect twin size at 60″ x 80″.

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Patriotic

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Nothing rings in July like a (really bright) red, white and blue quilt.  This quilt is a twin size, 60″ x 80″ with 48 star blocks.  I think this might even be the 1st star quilt I’ve posted on this blog…or 2nd…beats me.
Either way I love it and all its blindingly bright goodness.  It’s chocked full of different fabrics so I’m not going to attempt naming them all…not that I know all of them (I do).  Now to finish this in time for the 4th of July!
*if you want to know what a particular fabric is…email me…cause if you are a no-reply blogger I can’t reply!  🙂

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