Super Quick, Super Cute, Super Star!
Posted by JessicaO on Monday, January 21st, 2013
Hello there! I am Jessica from MamaJama Quilts. I can hardly wait to share with you this quick and cute project. Using precut fabrics makes this project fun and easy. With most of the cutting already done, and such a large selection of fabrics in one packet of 5" stackers this scrappy look comes together with little effort. Riley Blake fabric lines assure that your project will coordinate.
A note about precut 5" stackers. Each stack includes one of each print from that line. Because each line of fabric is unique some stacks may have more or less squares than another.
2 packages of 5” stackers, Riley Blake Super Star (make sure each stack has at least 21 pieces)
1 1/4 yard Solid Color, Riley Blake Basics; Slate (Accents, Border #1)
3/4 yard Main Fabric, Riley Blake Super Star; White (Border #2)
1/3 yard Stripe Fabric, Riley Blake Super Star; stripe (Binding)
1 ½ Yards backing, Riley Blake Super Star Paisley; Tan (Backing)
Tread to match
*note WOF= Width of Fabric
Wahoo! All the 5” squares are already cut. Go through the stack and select 42 of the squares you would like to use.
Cut 6 strips of 2.5” X WOF Solid Color (these will become half square triangle)
Subcut the 2.5" strips to equal 84-2.5”X2.5” squares
Cut 4 strips of 1.5”X WOF Solid Color (border #1)
Cut 2 strips of 4.5”X WOF Main Fabric (border #2 for both sides)
Cut 2 strips of 7”X WOF Main Fabric (border #3 for top and bottom)
Cut 5 strips of 2”X WOF Solid Color (binding)
Using a pencil, mark all 84- 2.5”X2.5” squares diagonally on the wrong side of the fabric
Place one 2.5”X2.5” square on one 5” square with right sides together and corners matching
Sew Across drawn line
Repeat for opposite corner
Cut corner off .25” from sewn line. Save these extra pieces for next week when we make matching toy blocks.
Press the small triangle out.
A quick note about directional fabric...
Some fabric patters have a top and bottom. The Super Star line doesn't have that problem. It doesn't matter which way the fabric is facing they all look just fine. But when you are working with a line of fabric like Happy Ever After or On The Go you can see that some pieces have a right side up.
As you can see, the top square two squares have a top side. While the bottom two squares can be placed in any direction and still look just fine.
If you notice that your fabric has directional pieces make sure to account for that when placing the 2.5" squares before you sew.
Layout the blocks in a randomized pattern making sure all the squares are in the same direction. The 5” Stackers gives this quilt a nice scrappy look. I try to avoid putting two of the same fabrics directly next to each other.
Once the layout looks pleasing to you, Sew blocks into strips, and strips into quilt top.
To add border #1 to both sides of the quilt, measure the quilt top from top to bottom (you will be measuring the longest side of the quilt top) to determine the length for two of the 1.5” strips of border #1.
Cut two of the 1.5" strips for border #1 to the length determined.
*Mark the center of the quilt top along the long side with a pin. Also, mark the center of one of the 1.5" strip that has been cut to size.
After pinning the two center marks attach the one 1.5” X width determined by previous step by pinning from the center pins out to each end.
Sew this border to the quilt top.
Press border #1 toward the border.
Repeat from * for the other side of the quilt top.
Measure the large block from side to side (this will be the shorter side of the quilt) and cut the remaining two 1.5” strips to equal the measurement.
Using the same process of cutting the strips to length, pinning and sewing, add border #1 in the same manner for both top and bottom of the quilt.
Continue the same process for border #2 starting on both sides and then top and bottom.
At this point I like to press the entire top with a light spray starch. It helps smooth the top to prepare for quilting.
Quilt and Bind!
I had so much fun with the project I added two more color combinations. I hope it will be as fun for you as it was for me!
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