Tell it to the Stars – August

This is one of those segments where the words take forever and make these blocks seem much harder to make than they really are.  These are the blocks we will be making.

Make 4

Make 4

Make 10

Make 10

 

We will be using Fabrics 1 and 2.

Step #1:  

We’ll be making flying geese. These need to be 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ unfinished, or 2″ x 4″ finished.  Use your favorite method to make these. I highly recommend the PatchPieces method found here. If using that method, for these, the background/geese fabric (Fabric 1 for us/A for the PatchPieces worksheet) would be cut 5.25″ and the sky (Fabric 2 for us/B for the PatchPieces worksheet) would be cut 2-7/8″.

24 flying geese are needed.

August

August

Step #2:

“Wings” will be added to the flying geese as shown. From Fabric 1, cut 24 – 2-7/8″ squares and cut those on the diagonal once to yield 48 triangles. 

August

August

Step #3:

From Fabric 2, cut 6 - 5-1/4″ squares. Cut these on the diagonal twice to yield 24 triangles.  Sew the triangle to the bottom of the unit as shown. Set 4 of these aside and continue working with 20 of them.

August

August

Step #4:

From Fabric 1, cut 10 – 3-3/8″ x 5-1/2″ strips.  From Fabric 2, cut 10 – 3-5/8″ squares. Sew the squares to the strips.

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August

Step #5:

Sew the units from Step 3 to both sides of the strip from Step #4, matching the bottoms (Fabric 2). We will trim the tops of the Fabric 1 portion. Now we’ll be working on 10 pieces to create 10 side triangles.

August

August

Step #6:

You can hopefully see my markings on the background strip at the top. You may find it easier to mark the center of the Fabric 1 strip, then draw the angle to be sure you have it right. You’re simply extending the side angles to create a corner.

August

August

Step #7:

From Fabric 2, cut 10 – 1-7/8″ x 19″ strips. Sew these to the bottom of the unit, allowing for the strip to extend past the piece so that it can also be trimmed.

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August

Ta-da!  Finished!  Make 10 of these.

August

August

Step #8:

Go back to the four pieces left over from Step #3.  From Fabric 2, cut 4 each: 1-7/8″ x 9-1/4″ and 1-7/8″ x 10″. Sew the shorter side to the piece, extending past the edge as shown.

August

August

Step #9: 

Sew the longer piece as shown, again extending past the edge as shown.

August

August

Step #10:

Trim across!  Done!  You should have 4 of these!

August

August

 If your January through July blocks are done, please share a picture. On Wednesday, August 6, I will draw for the winner . . who will receive a Stash Pack from Vicki Welsh’s Etsy Shop. When you need (or want) hand dyed fabric, please remember Vicki . . who sponsors this Mystery.

 

 

Sewing Room Report

Today I spent probably 4 hours in the sewing room. YAY!  I’m not ready to say my sewing mojo is back but I had fun and enjoyed my time in there.

Mostly I worked on Tell it to the Stars . . working on the September steps so I can’t show you what I did. I’m trying to get . . well, I’d better say no more about that project.

Tomorrow I hope to find time to bind a quilt. There’s an already quilted top sitting on the cutting table and I know I made the binding for it already so if I can find that, I’ll put the binding on, finish it by machine and have a completed quilt. That will be real nice because I’m not so sure I’ve finished a quilt this year. 

Anyone else spend any quality time in the sewing room today?

Tell it to the Stars Spoiler (Of Sorts)

For anyone who may be a new reader here, we are doing a year long mystery that began in January and will finish in December and the name of it is Tell it to the Stars. Here’s a link to the main blurb or there’s a Tell it to the Stars button on the right you can click on. This is the second year Vicki Welsh and I have done a “collaboration”.  Last year we did Back to Square One – a medallion mystery. You can see some of the finished tops here

This year, we’re doing Tell it to the Stars and I’ve pretty much totally forgotten to post the Monday night questions that we were going to answer in a journal. Sometimes I have the hardest time remembering the things I should remember!

There’s still time to get in on this project if you feel like making the blocks to get caught up. It’s going to be a beauty!

Up through July, we’ve been making 12″ blocks for the Tell it to the Stars mystery.  I’ll admit .. it’s been a little boring just making blocks but beginning with the August instructions, we will no longer be making regular, 12″ square blocks. The top will begin taking on a new life and I think you’ll be quite pleased.

Tell it to the Stars

Tell it to the Stars

The August instructions will not get you quite this far but since they will be so different from what we’ve been doing, I figured I’d better give a little advance warning.