Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop 2016

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop. I have been enjoying the eye candy the past two days, and am inspired to get back into my sewing room! This hop was sponsored by Cloud 9 who supplied fabric to each participant who will post a tutorial, then everyone is sending their blocks to be compiled into some charity quilts - free fabric, free patterns and a great cause - YAY!!

Cloud 9 Block Hop - Crossing Stars

Let's get right into how to assemble the block I call Crossing Stars

Cut the fabric into these squares and rectangles

Making the 4-patches

Sew each grey square to a coloured 2.5" square. Pair a sky with lilac to make the 4-patch. Make 4 of these.

Making the Half Square Triangles

To make the HST, I cut 2 squares of 3.5" from the Amazon and Iris fabric. I drew a line on the Amazon from corner to corner and sewed 1/4" on either side. I then cut along the line and pressed the HST. I trimmed each one to 2.5" square.

Sewing on either side of the diagonal line to make the HST.

Making the Half Square Rectangles

Mark a dot 1/2" from one corner, then do the same for the opposite corner.

For the Iris fabric, you need to mark the top right corner and bottom left corner. Mark 2 pieces of Shadow this same way.

For the Amazon fabric, mark the top left corner and bottom right corner. Mark 2 pieces of Shadow this same way.

Connect the two dots, extending the line to the edge of the fabric.
Starting with the Iris fabric, lay a marked piece of Shadow fabric, lining up the lines as shown
Sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line, then cut apart on the line. You will have 2 Half Rectangle Triangles.
Trim the Half Rectangle Triangle by lining up the edge of the ruler to the seam, and shifting the ruler until the intersection of 2.5" and 4.5" is also on the seam.

Assembling the subunits

  • Piece one Amazon rectangle to an Iris rectangle, taking care to match the points. Make four.
  • Layout the HSTs so the Iris and Amazon will line up with the rectangle triangles. Sew the pinwheel together.
Lay each of the subunits as in the block diagram and sew each row together.

I wanted to test out my block design, so I used a different colour scheme...

Harvest colours for Crossing Stars

I also wanted to get an idea of how these would look in a quilt, so I pulled out my trusty pencil crayons and started colouring.

Harvest colours layout. The background colour (orange) runs in an X from outer corner to corner
Berry Harvest layout. Background (shadow) is adjacent to the points, making a star in secondary design.

I really like both layout options for this block, and now I really want to try making a quilt from both! Please let me know if you try this block - I'd love to see your work :)

Crossing Stars. A great way to try Half Rectangle Squares!

Don't forget to visit all the other posters today, and from the other days as well!

Monday, September 12th Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13thHost: Cheryl @Meadow Mist DesignsMiranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood

Wednesday, September 14thHost: Stephanie @Late Night QuilterKathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

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