Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Strawberry Stars tutorial
I was waiting to start this project until I saved up for some new Acuquilt dies, but Orca Bay changed my mind. These specialty rulers were just what I needed to cut my triangles!
Want to make your own? You'll need red and green scraps and the Companion Angle and Easy Angle rulers. For a chance to win a set, leave a comment on this post.
Quilt Size - 24" x 32"
Block Size - 6"
12 red prints - one 2" x 18" strip and one 3 1/2" square of each (you can piece together two 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles to make the square if you're working from strips)
12 green prints - one 2" x 15" strip of each
background fabric - 1 yard
binding - 1/4 yard
backing - 3/4 yard
For each block, you'll be cutting eight green half square triangles, four red half square triangles, four red center triangles, and four background half square triangles (not pictured).
To cut the green triangles, fold one of your green strips in half. Use the Easy Angle ruler - the bottom edge of the black triangle goes along one edge of the fabric and the 2" line goes along the other. Cut four pairs of triangles.
To cut the red triangles without wasting any fabric, fold one red strip in half. Use the Easy Angle to make the first cut, then the Companion Angle (line the edge of the fabric up with the 2" line) to cut two pairs of center triangles, then the Easy Angle again to make the last cut.
For each strawberry, you'll be constructing four flying geese units. Sew one green triangle along the side of a center red triangle. Press open. Sew a second green triangle along the opposite side and press open.
Don't have the rulers I used? There are several techniques for making flying geese here.
Sew one background half square triangle to each of the red half square triangles to make the corner sections.
Assemble the block as shown.
I put together my quilt with 2" sashing.