I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! This is our last post in the series – we’ve completed 12 blocks together in 2015 and now it’s time to put them all together and finish our quilt tops! If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. We can’t wait to see your finished quilts! Take it away, Charlotte!
Hello! We’ve reached the exciting part of our BOTM journey where we finally get to make a quilt top from all our beautiful blocks! Because the quilt uses blocks of different sizes, there are a couple of tricks to getting it all to fit together.
The first thing you need to do is cut six 6.5″ squares of your background fabric. These will be used to fill in a few spaces in the design. Next, separate your blocks into five piles, each of which will make up a section of the quilt top. Add the 6.5″ background squares to the required sections.
The sections fit together as below:
Sections 1, 3 and 4 can be sewn together simply, but Sections 2 and 5 are a bit more complicated because they require the use of partial seams (shown by the black square). This is not as scary as it sounds – it just means that you can’t sew the bits together in the usual way. First, sew the 6.5″ square and the star block together, starting your stitching at least 3″ away from the edge of the seam:
Sew the next star block to the bottom edge, stitching the complete seam:
Then add the next star:
And the next:
Finally, finish sewing the part of the first seam that you left open at the beginning:
Stitch all five sections, then sew them all together. Measure the short edges of your top and cut 2.5″ sashing to exactly that length. Pin the strips in place, sew and press. Measure the sides and add sashing in the same way. Taking the time to measure and pin helps to eliminate any waviness that can otherwise creep in around the edges of the sashing.
And that’s it! Thanks so much for joining me this year, and I hope you enjoy your quilt!
Here’s a picture of Charlotte’s finished quilt!