2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month #8

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2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month #8

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The eighth Block of the Month in The 2015 Adventure Quilt is the Quarter Lone Star. Using the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates— Lone Star Quilts Collection, create a simplified version of a quilting classic using fabric scraps from your quilting collection. Stitch the Lone Star block without any dreaded Y-seams. 

Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:

Get started by choosing fabrics. Any three-color combinations will work. I had a surplus of black, white, and chartreuse green in my quilting fabric scraps. If you’ve been following along, you know that this Block of the Month series is a scrap fabric adventure.

2a Choose Fabrics copyMonth: Quarter Lone Star

All blocks in The 2015 Adventure Quilt measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, creating a 12″x 12″ finished block. 1/4″ seam allowances are included.

Supplies:

  • Assorted Fabric Scraps
  • Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates— Lone Star Quilts Collection
  • Fine Tip Non-Permanent Marking Pen
  • Glow Line Tape (optional)

Build a Strip Set

  • Gather 7–9 fabrics to arrange and audition for the strip set.
  • Fabrics should be at least 14″ long.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 aNote from Nancy: Use small widths of the darkest fabric for the greatest impact.
For my block, I cut seven fabrics in the following strip widths:
  • 2-1/2″ x 14″
  • 4″ x 14″
  • 2-1/4″ x 14″
  • 3-1/2″ x 14″
  • 1-1/4″ x 14″
  • 2-1/2″ x 14″
  • 1-1/2″ x 14″

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 b

  • Stitch strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 c

  • Press seam allowances towards the darker fabrics.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 d

The finished strip set measures approximately 15-1/2″ x 14″.

Trace Shapes

  •  Use templates labeled as “24-inch” Finished Block
  • The templates are marked in the upper corners with either A, B, or C. You’ll find that helpful when assembling the blocks.
  • Spritz the strip set with your favorite spray starch alternative. Then, press to add extra crispness.
  • Position Template B (diamond shape) onto the wrong-side of the strip set.
  • Trace with a non-permanent marking pen.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 e
  • Allow a 1″ space between the diamond shapes, and trace a second diamond.
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  • Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut the identical shapes on the marked lines.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 hNancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 i

  • Match right sides, and layer two background strips, cut 5-3/4″ wide.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 k

  • Use Template A to trace triangles.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 l
  • Rotate the template 180° to trace the second set of triangles.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 n

  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut on the marked line.

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  • Match right sides, and layer two background strips, cut 7-7/8″ wide.
  • Repeat the above steps to trace and cut a total of four triangles from Template C.

Build Blocks

  • Arrange the template set in the order the fabric pieces will be stitched.
Note from Nancy: Having a visual to refer to is always a valuable reference!

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 p

  • Lay out the fabric pieces to correspond with the templates.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 s
  • Lay out the mirror image.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 t
  • Sew the diamond shape (Template A) to the triangle shape (Template B).
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  • Press seam allowances towards the diamond.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 v

  • Stitch triangle shape (Template C) to the diamond shape (Template A).
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  • Press seam allowances toward the diamond.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7Note from Nancy: When sewing the mirror image, press the seam allowances toward the triangle pieces to allow for easier and more precise block construction.
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  • Match right sides, and use a 1/4″ seam allowance to join halves together.

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  • Press the diagonal seam open.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 za

  • Ta dah! The August Block of the Month, Quarter Lone Star, is complete.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zBut wait, there’s more! When we traced our diamond shapes onto the strip set, I suggested you leave a 1″ space between the diamonds. The reason: We have enough scrap fabric in the strip set to create another block.
  • Add a piece of 1/4″ wide Glow Tape, 1/4″ below the horizontal centerline.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zb

  • Lay the template on the strip set scrap fabric.
  • Align the tape with the bottom edge and one template edge with the cut fabric.
  • Trace the half template.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zc

  • Flip the scrap and trace the remaining triangle.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zf

  • Use rotary cutting tools to cut triangles, along traced lines.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zi

  • To create a new diamond shape, match right sides together and join the lower edges of the triangles with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zj
  • Press seam allowances in one direction.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zkNancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zl

  • Use the new diamonds to create the block, as previously described.

Nancy Zieman Block of The Month 7 zm

  • Ta dah! Another August block.
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What would a Quilt Look Like?

As part of this Block of the Month series, included are ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. Some of the concepts have sashing and others do not.

  • This Quarter Lone Star block lends itself to creating a 24″ traditional Lone Star Quilt, of course. But, what if all four blocks were pointed outwards and framed with black sashing? The result is a Hip to Be Square, secondary framed-square design. MegaBlockNancyZieman
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  • The quilt below does feature a more traditional Lone Star block arrangement, but by playing with the background colors, I’ve created a center quilt design with a fun coordinated “border.” I call this quilt The Frame Up.
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Don’t Miss the Other 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month Features

In the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month series, we’ll be making twelve fun blocks from five different templates/tools: Carefree Curves TemplateDresden TemplateGrandmother’s One Patch TemplateLone Star Template, and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

See all the 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks HERE.

 

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6 Comments

  • BevM
    August 15, 2015

    How fascinating! I have my grandmother’s Lone Star quilt, made in the 1950’s, hanging on my sewing room. I’m sure she would have appreciated Nancy’s templates and techniques.

  • Jennifer Fried
    August 17, 2015

    Just love these monthly quilt block patterns. Thank you, Nancy.

  • Jennifer Fried
    August 17, 2015

    Love these quilt block of the month tutorials. Thank you, Nancy.

  • Sharon
    August 26, 2015

    For those of us who do not have the templates to cut, it there a paper template we could use? thanks.

  • Sharon
    August 26, 2015

    For those of us who do not own the trace and create templates, it there a paper template we could use as a subsitute? thanks.

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