Monday, June 14, 2010

Quilt Along - Asterisk Quilt (Post #2)

Welcome Quilters! Start your engines! You will love how easy the Asterisk block is!

Okay, here we go. Each block is made from one 6" square and one 1" strip (about 32" long).

Cut your square, corner to corner, as shown above. Insert a strip. Press your seams toward the strip (not as shown below, oh well).

Next, cut your square diagonally in the other direction, as shown below. Insert strip. Press.

You can see below that my strips aren't lined up perfectly. This won't matter since you'll cut through the center twice more anyway.
Also see Kathleen in CT's wonkified asterisks on flickr. I think they look great.

Now cut your square vertically and insert a strip. Press.
Isn't this looking great? And no triangles to measure!

You know what to do, right? Cut horizontally, insert, press. Now trim your block to it's original size, 6" square.

That last step assures that your blocks are all the same size. What do you think? Easy?

You can join the Quilt-Along by going to http://www.flickr.com/ and joining the Group called "Old Red Barn Quilt Company." There are over 1,200 members already! You can upload photos and chat.
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Also email your quilt photo(s) to me so I can add it to the upcoming Exhibit on http://www.onlinequiltmuseum.com/. Include your name, where you're from, and the quilt's name. Email: karen@onlinequiltmuseum.com

29 comments:

Christine said...

oh wow, I am going to do some right away

love it

Christine

Alia said...

Man oh man! You weren't kidding on how easy it is! I spent far too much time trying to figure it out! I'm so confused because I wanna cut fabs but need to sort out my studio because the kids and I head for America next Monday! It's like, do I start it now and continue when I get back or just start when I get back??? Oh heck, maybe JUST ONE!! For now....

Deb said...

That looks so easy it makes me laugh! I think I will have to try it.

Stephanie said...

I want to play but I need my sewing machine. I really love this block.

Dorothy said...

Super, super block! One question -- looks like all the pressing is away from the center?

Barb said...

I'm not much into solids so while I appreciated the other pic of these blocks, it didn't motivate me till I saw this one with the polka dots and the black and white. LOVE IT! I have so many things I need to do but first off I wanna play with a couple of these blocks. Thanks!!

Selvage Quilter said...

Hi Dorothy,
I think it looks nicer if all the seams are pressed toward the center. That makes the asterisk strips rise up just a bit.

The first strip I made (in the first photo) has the seams "open" but then I switched to pressing the seams toward the strips. Sorry for the confusion.

Play around with it and see what you like best. Have fun.

Darlee Byron said...

Oh my... this really looks so much easier and fun then I first thought! This is just the kind of motivation I need to get that mending/adding additional pockets to a jacket so I can get back to quilting. Thanks!!

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

Easy, Peasy! Can't wait to get started! LOVE it!

Kathleen C. said...

Karen, thanks very much for the mention in your post.
I can verify that this is a quick and fun block to make: I'm not a big patchworker (mostly do applique), but I can't stay away from the machine now!
I'm really looking forward to seeing photos of everyone's blocks and color choices. I keep thinking of other color combos I could have used--but I'm glad I stuck to my "old" fabrics to use them up.
Kathleen

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

This block looks like so much fun! And it's gorgeous!

Cindi said...

Oh my goodness! That block is so stinkin' CUTE! I will make some for sure!!

Kelly said...

So easy when you show it that way! Think I'll have to whip this up!

prashant said...

I wanna play with a couple of these blocks. Thanks!!
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a.niza said...

wowzee! that's really easy! Thanks a lot for the tute! I'm in for the QAL ...

Béa said...

I finished my set of 25 blocks with my hand dyed fabrics.Thank you so much for this quilt Along, this block is very easy & fun !
Hugs from France.

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Great little block....loved it enough to share in my blog today.

LindaB said...

I was going to give this block a miss until you showed us how easy it is...wow...now I am off to find some fabric to make some...LOL..won't have to go far...stash is overflowing...thanks for the tutorial...LindaB (aust)

Ryan said...

This block is way fun! Would you mind if I show my quilting bee the online tutorial? I would like them to make these blocks for me during my month.

Thank you!

Not a Princess said...

Wow! That block is gorgeous! I wandered onto your blog via Pat Sloan's FIU Challenge. I WILL FIU something this weekend but I think I just found yet another project! This may make its way into my guild's challenge quilt which has very challenging fabric and rules.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Fun block and great tutorial! Thanks so much - I have used it to make my "Bee Imaginative" swap blocks for Ryan.

del.dar.pho said...

Hey, I tried it and its pretty easy. Suggest you try a sample first.

Del

nlq2007 said...

Thank you for your "How to do lesson"! I have posted a link to your blog in the norwegian blog NLQ Photo. It is the blog for our quilt club with more than 60 members.
http://nlq2007.blogspot.com/

susiloci said...

Que tutorial tan maravilloso. Me encanta y parece fácilk de hacer.

sallgood said...

Hi! So I'm a bit behind in the quilt along, but I've made my first two blocks- one for a friend, and now I'm starting on my polka dot asterisk quilt! Thanks for sharing!

patriciaarra said...

Hola Karen ,estoy feliz porque encontré tus explicaciones tan faciles de este bloch.Soy nuevita en el patchwork ,pero ya hice 2 edredones y uno para mi futuro nietiro,te mandaré las fotos.Hago blockes sacados de internet,pero uso mi creatividad `para armarlos.Tengo 5 hijos varones y uno es Diseñador Grafico y me dá ideas de como quedrá mejor el edredon.Saludos para vos y gracias por los tutoriales son muy claros patrciia

Irene G. said...

I just made my first "sample"! It is so easy and so sweet looking. Can't make just one...I think I'm addicted now!
Irene

Carol Browne said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made a square today and loved it. I can't wait to make more. I'm in love!

Debbie Littlejohn said...

May I ask a question? It seems as if the asterisk block SHOULD be symmetrical, but mine are not. On one side of the block the "arms" are offset from the other. Does this make sense? Is this how it should be or do I continue to do things wrong? (my second try) Thanks so much.