We’ve made all of the parts. There is still some fill-in cutting to do, but let’s start putting some blocks together!
Our block center is based on an Ohio Star design.
We will be using the quarter-square hourglass units we made earlier in Part Two, along with the red 2 1/2” squares we cut in Part Five.
From a variety of green fabrics cut 25 sets of 4 matching 2 1/2” squares to be used as block corners.
Use the parts to make 25 Ohio Star blocks.
Join the units into rows, pressing
top and bottom row seams toward the corners, the center row toward the center
square. Press the last two long seams toward the outside of the block.
Blocks will measure 6 1/2” and finish at 6” in the quilt.
Framing the Center Star!
We are going to use our large grey/gold half-square triangles from Part One and the grey/red/orange/neutral pieced rectangles from Parts Three and Four to surround the Ohio Stars.
Our small little 6” finished Ohio Stars get big in a hurry this way, in fact, the block doubles in size!
It’s so much fun seeing these come together!
Lay out the units as shown, watching for the placement of grey fabrics within the block.
Join the units into rows. Pressing: Press the top and bottom rows toward the corner half-square triangle units. Press the center row toward the center star.
Join the rows to complete the blocks, pressing the last two long seams toward the outside of the block, away from the center. There are a lot of seams, gently steam if you have to.
Make 25. Blocks will measure 12 1/2” unfinished and finish at 12” in the quilt.
Completing the Sashings.
Add a red 2 ” x 3 1/2” rectangle (cut previously in Part Five) to each end of the 60 grey string units made in Part Six. Press seams toward the red rectangles.
The sashings will measure 3 1/2” x 12 1/2” and finish at 3” x 12” in the quilt.
The next few units will be made with parts you have on hand, and will complete the center design of the quilt.
Add a 2” x 3 1/2” red rectangle from Part 5 to the “pointy end” of the 24 grey/neutral flying geese units, also from Part 5. Units will measure 6 1/2” square and finish at 6” in the quilt.
Churn Dash completers!
We don’t really make churn dashes in this quilt, but when the sashings and cornerstones surround the main block, you’ll see them as a secondary design. These units complete the design at the edge of the quilt center.
Sew a gold/grey half-square triangle from Part One to either side of 20 of the rectangle/goose units you have just created above. Press seams toward the center unit.
This unit now measures 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” and will finish at 3” x 9” in the quilt.
Top/Bottom End units. Make 2 of Each
The remaining 4 rectangle/geese units will have only ONE half-square triangle added – 2 with the triangles on the right, 2 with the triangles on the left. Join as shown. Press toward the red rectangles.
Large Grey/Gold Geese!
Units will measure 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”
Some hints on these – if you want to reverse-press half of your units so that seams will nest when you join them, please do.
You may also press your center seam open to eliminate some bulk. I did.
Once you have all of these units made, you are ready to lay out your units and make the quilt center!
Quilt Assembly Diagram
Laid out and ready to roll!
Lay out your main blocks with space in between to insert sashings and the nine-patch cornerstones from Part Five. Move the blocks and sashings around until you are happy with their arrangement.
Join the units into rows, pressing seams away from the sashings and toward the blocks. (The sashings have more seams.) Sashing rows will press toward the nine-patch cornerstones.
Join the rows to complete the main quilt center.
Adding completer border:
Ready to add on –
Side completer borders:
Alternate 5 large grey/gold geese with 4 churn dash rows. Press seams either open or toward the flying geese. Add a partial churn dash unit to the left and right side of the side borders, ending the borders with the red rectangle unit. Press.
Add side completer borders to the quilt sides, pinning to match seams and completing the design of the quilt center. Press toward the borders just added.
Build the top and bottom completer borders in the same way, ending the borders with full church dash rows to complete the corner design of the quilt center. Add borders to top and bottom of quilt center, pinning to match seams. Press toward the borders just added.
Inner green border:
From green fabric cut 9 strips 1 1/2” x width of fabric. Join 8 of strips end to end on the diagonal into one long length. Trim leaving 1/4” seam allowance beyond the seams. Press seams open.
From the 9th strip cut 8 rectangles 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”’ as border corner sashings. Set these aside for now.
Measure the quilt from top to bottom through the center. Cut 2 side inner borders this length. Add side inner borders to quilt center, pinning to match centers, ends, and in between. Press seams toward inner borders.
Measure the quilt from side to side across the center of the quilt including the borders just added within this measurement. Cut top and bottom inner borders this length.
Join borders to top and bottom of the quilt, pinning to match centers, ends and in between. Press toward the borders just added.
Making String Border Units:
String Border Units!
The string pieced border is of course, optional. If you wish to add a plain border and call it done from here – go for it!
If you have grey strings left over, and like me love the string piecing part most of all – keep going.
From foundation paper of choice (as in Part Six) Cut 56 rectangle foundations 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Cut 4 corner foundations 4 1/2” square.
Unlike the string sashings that were pieced on the straight of the paper, these units will lean either with an uphill slant, or a downhill slant. Note that you cannot simply rotate one block to be the same as the other, they must be sewn in mirror image.
Place two strips with right sides together from corner to corner on the diagonal. Sew with a small stitch length through all layers including the paper. Press top strip to the side, and continue to add pieces to completely cover the paper foundation.
I am generous with piecing, leaving about a 1/4” margin beyond the paper to allow for paper shrinkage while sewing.
Make 28 Uphill, and 28 Downhill rectangles.
Trim units to 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” and carefully remove the paper.
Cover the 4 1/2” square corner foundations with strings in the same manner. Trim units to 4 1/2” and carefully remove the paper.
Ready to make this border!
Sew uphill/downhill border rectangles into pairs, forming a V (or a mountain) with each pair. Press. Make 28.
Side string borders: Join 7 V units side by side into one border length. Press. Make 4.
Add a 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” green corner sashing to each end of the 4 borders. Press seams toward sashings just added.
Add side borders to quilt. Press seams toward inner borders.
Add the 4 corner blocks to either end of the top/bottom borders. This is a “look and see” moment to determine which way you are going to turn the corner blocks to radiate out from the corners and press the seams to work nicely with the quilt center.
I found I needed to press one or two in different directions than I thought just so I could nest seams instead of pinning them to match with seams going the same direction.
Add the top and bottom borders to the quilt. Press seams toward the inner border.
At this point, set your machine on a long straight stitch, and stay-stitch around the outside edge of the quilt just shy of 1/4” from the edge. This will stabilize the outside edge of the quilt top, help to avoid stretching, and popping of seams during the quilting process.
Oh, happy finish!
I love it I love it I love it!
This quilt was designed in this size to fit the beautiful antique bed in bedroom #5 at Quiltville Inn.
Grassy Creek was quilted with an antique gold colored thread in an edge-to-edge design called Leafy Vine by Deb Geissler and bound in a gold print.
Thank you everyone, for making this Quiltville Winter Mystery time such a joy!
Our clues will stay under the Grassy Creek Mystery tab at the top of the blog until Friday, February 12th, 2021. At that time all of the parts will be retired, rewritten into PDF pattern booklet format and made available for purchase in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store.
Please save your mystery parts where you can find them as I will be unable to provide you missing parts after that time. You will be redirected to the Quiltville Store for purchase.
Quiltville Quote of the Day
Sharing some simple words of wisdom today from Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Perspective is everything, and the simple solution is often the best one for me.
Focus on what I can do for myself and for my family.
It’s snowing here like crazy. I’m cabin-bound for the weekend, and it is just where I want to be.