Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cascading Stars

Inspired by Jacquie Gering's Craftsy class, Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design, I created this fun wall hanging.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

As an added bonus for all of you, I have a tutorial and free pdf pattern. Let's start with some action shots. For each star block, I cut four 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangles of the background fabric, and two 2 1/2" x 4" rectangles and two 2 1/2" x 6" rectangles of a colorful print that reads as a solid.


Each rectangle needs a stitch and flip triangle. Place a printed rectangle right sides together with the background. You will sew using a 1/4" seam. I have marked the stitch line with a black Frixion pen for display purposes, but marking is not necessary. You have two choices:


or 


After choosing one of the photos above, make two of each. Press the smaller rectangle toward the corner of the background rectangle.


Flip over so the wrong sides of the fabric are showing. Place a ruler in the corner of the background piece, even with the edges, and cut off any portion of the print rectangle that extends beyond the background fabric.


Flip back over so the right sides are showing. Peek behind the print triangle. Cut the background fabric even with the seam allowance of the print fabric.


Place the rectangles so that the stitch and flip triangles are in the center.


Stitch together with 1/4" seams.


And stitch together some more.


Print off my handy, dandy piecing instructions and piece the top together.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod 

You'll need a Craftsy account, but that's free. It also gives you access to their free classes.

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For the quilting, I employed Jacquie's serpentine quilting technique.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

I popped on my walking foot, chose the curvy stitch on my machine, maxed out my stitch length, and widened my stitch width. I worked from the center to the right side, flipped the quilt around, and worked from the center to the right side again. Each time I made a line of stitching, I went from top to bottom, clipped the thread, and went from top to bottom again.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

I followed a seam line to make sure my first serpentine line was straight. After that, I lined up the edge of my waling foot with the outer edge of my previous line of stitching.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

I cut leftover 2 1/2" strips from the stars to 2 1/4" for my scrappy binding.

Cascading Stars by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

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17 comments:

  1. Hi! Beautiful quilt and i love these blocks!

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    1. Thank you. I'm so glad you took the time to stop by Quilting Mod.

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  2. Very fun wall hanging and I love the wavy quilting! Thanks for the free pattern.

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    1. You are very welcome. The wavy quilting is a fun choice since it's pretty mindless and looks more complex than it really is.

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  3. Very pretty, serpentine stitch is perfect for it.

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    1. Thank you. This is the first time I tried it out on an entire quilt, and I am satisfied with the result.

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  4. Love your modern quilt and the serpentine quilting really sets it off!

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    1. Thank you, Teri, and welcome to Quilting Modern.

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  5. This looks great! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine. I appreciate you dropping by Quilting Mod.

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  6. So fun, what a great job! Love the wonky stars.

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    1. Thanks, they are sure fun to make. Your Vintage Tin quilt is going to be fantastic. I admire hand embroidery, but have not ventured there myself.

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  7. Lovely quilt, Afton. It is ingenious in its simplicity.

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  8. Lovely quilt top, love the pop of colour in all that negative space.

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  9. FUN BLOCK!THANKS for sharing with us other Quilters!
    HUGS,msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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