I used 2” strips placed right sides together and the green lines on my Essential Triangle Tool to cut triangles in already matched pairs ready to sew.
Place 2 different neutrals with right sides together as shown. Place the 3rd green line for 3” finished quarter-square triangles at the bottom edge of the strip set. (Remember, line on the fabric, not sitting below it on the mat. Keep your line ON the fabric or your units will always come out one line-width too small!) Cut along both sides of the ruler.
Pivot the ruler placing that 3rd green line at the top of the strip set, on top of the edge of the fabric. Make another cut.
Cut as many pairs – right sides together- per strip set desired. Go for multiple strip sets for more variety. Cut 56 pairs of triangles ready to sew for 28 completed hourglass units.
Stitch along the right hand short side as shown. Sew just a couple to test. Press the seam toward the right hand triangle. Join two pairs into an hourglass unit. Remove dog ears, press and measure. Square as needed.
Units will measure 3 1/2” unfinished and finish at 3” in the quilt. If yours are too small, scant your seam. Try again.
You can press the center seam open, or spin press – your choice.
Make 28 hourglass units measuring 3 1/2” unfinished.
Join 2 hourglass units side-by-side to make one setting rectangle. Finger-press to one side until placement is determined in the quilt. You may need to rotate the unit to have the seam work with how you pressed the seams in the Stars Surrounding blocks.
The 2-hourglass unit will measure 3 1/2” X 6 1/2” and finish at 3” X 6” in the quilt. Make 12. The remaining 4 hourglass units will be used as corner blocks.
All laid out and ready to assemble!
I assembly line piece my straight-set quilts – called webbing! Learn more about webbing the top under the Tips & Techniques tab at the top of the blog. It’s a game changer!
The quilt top is chain-pieced in columns until all of the rows are complete and connected to each other with the chaining threads in place.
Ready for borders!
I’m so happy I took the extra time to do the hourglass units at the edge.
Inner border! I chose a sky blue tone on tone to contrast with the neutrals at the edge of the quilt, knowing I’d go even darker for the final outer border.
Cut 6 strips 1 1/2” x width of fabric from inner border fabric.
Join strips end-to-end with diagonal seams. Trim seam allowance, leaving 1/4’’ beyond the
seam. Press seams open.
(I am LOVING my Sew Q Laser especially for all of my diagonal sewing of border and binding strips. Best thing I have added to my machine all year. Seriously.)
Measure the quilt top from top to bottom through the center. Cut two side inner borders this length.
Join side borders to quilt center, pinning to match centers and
ends and in between.
Press seams toward the inner border.
Measure the quilt top from side to side through the center,
including the borders just added in this measurement. Cut top and bottom inner borders this length.
Add top and bottom borders to quilt center, pinning to match
centers and ends, easing where necessary to fit. Press seams toward inner border.
Cut 6 strips 5’’ wide X width of fabric from outer border fabric.
Join border strips end-to-end on the straight of grain into one
long length. (Straight seams on wide borders are shorter, less visible, and
create less fabric waste.) Press seams open.
Measure the quilt top down the center from top to bottom. Cut 2 outer side borders this length and add
to quilt as with the inner side borders.
Press seams toward the outer border.
Repeat for the top and bottom outer borders, measuring the quilt
from side to side across the center of the quilt top – including the inner
border in this measurement.
top and bottom outer borders this length and add them to the quilt in the same
manner. Press seams toward outer borders.
I quilted Star of Hope with a barely-grey thread in an edge-to-edge design called Twofold Feathers by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting.
The quilting is the icing on the cake.
My scrappy blue backing –
How some things get into my stash I will never know. These pieces were larger prints, and all of them were directional. I’m pleased with the results!
The date on the dark blue outer border fabric is 2000! The striped binding fabric has to be nearly the same vintage. And I love this result too.
Restful evenings of hand stitching the binding down.
And Lola approves as well.
I want to thank all of those who have participated and supported me through this impromptu sew-along.
It filled a place in my heart that felt so shattered and alone.
Here we are a month later and things are still awful. All of it. It’s too much to fathom. And this is why we quilt. We quilt to keep going. We quilt to see things come together. It gives us something to do with our hands, our eyes, our hearts.
Star of Hope will stay on the blog until after Hanukkah – retiring on 12/17/23. Please remember to save and print your PDF copies before then.
After that date plans are to include Star of Hope as a bonus in a future pattern release.
The entries for our Keaton Quilts Gift-Away are now closed, and I’ll be sharing those winners in tomorrow’s post. Good luck, everyone!
And of course, we are all looking forward to Friday (Even more than Thursday?!) And the release of Part 1 of the Indigo Way Mystery!
Quiltville Quote of the Day –
And language is much more than sounds we here. It is reflected in everything we do. Every action is a communication.
Have a wonderful Monday!
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