Throughout my quilting journey, I have met some pretty amazing quilt-makers! Many are acquaintances, yet I have the true privilege of calling some of them “friend”. Such is the case with Barb Eikmeier, the extraordinary quilt-maker / teacher / quilt designer AND fabric designer; the one who designed this lovely fabric line of Vintage Shirtings & Dress Prints for Paintbrush Studio. Thank you, Barb, for inviting me to “hop”!
If you haven’t already “checked in” to participate in this hop, you can do so here: Inspired by Fabric. You won’t want to miss the “check-in” because, in addition to the blog-hopping fun, there are some great prizes available to be won by some lucky participants!
I selected the Evening Star block for the hop. It is a beautiful, traditional block, so it certainly fits perfectly with the Vintage Shirtings & Dress Prints. I chose this block for its beauty and because it provides the opportunity to work with both half-square and quarter-square triangles.
I am a “pragmatic quilt-maker”. That means that I believe that there are many ways to the same destination, and my way is NOT the only way! I also believe there are very few hard and fast “rules” in quilt-making. Yet, I know that, practically and pragmatically speaking, there are some things that simply “work better” than others. That is certainly true when deciding where in a block to use a half-square vs. a quarter-square triangle. At the end of my post, you will find a link to download a PDF of written instructions for this block that includes more detailed information about half-square and quarter-square triangles.
Let’s get started!
As you can see, I’ve made the Evening Star block in two color ways. I’ll outline the piecing by referencing the blue, red, and cream combination, the higher contrast block of the two.
Rotary cut the following:
From the blue fabric (Fabric A): one square, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (center patch of the block)
four squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (small star points)
From the red fabric (Fabric B): two squares, 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (large star points)
From the cream background fabric (Fabric C):
two squares, 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
four squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
eight squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Cut all of the 5 1/4″ squares (red squares and cream squares) in half diagonally in both directions. Cutting the square in this fashion “quarters” the square, yielding four “quarter-square triangles” from each of the red and cream 5 1/4″ squares.
Blue and Cream Pieced Unit: Gather two blue and two cream half-square triangles and two cream 2 1/2″ squares. Sew one cream and one blue half-square triangle together into a half-square triangle square.
Make a total of four red and cream pieced units.
Repeat with the next two sets of units. Press the seams of the top and bottom horizontal rows toward the outside; press the seams of the center row toward the center square.
Sew the three horizontal rows together, creating the Evening Star block. Press seams to one side. Enjoy your beautiful block!
My second Evening Star block is a lower contrast block. I love having the navy blue as background, using the lighter value light blue and grey fabrics as the star / star point pieces. For this combination, Fabric A = grey, Fabric B = light blue, and Fabric C = navy.
Here’s the link to the PDF instructions for the Evening Star block.
If you’re ready to continue the hop, then head over to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow their blog (either by email or blog reader). Then, come back here and let me know you’re signed up by either leaving a comment below OR leaving a comment by contacting me. Also in your comments, let me know which of my blocks you liked better: the high-contrast (blue, red, cream) or low-contrast (navy, grey, light blue). By doing so, you’ll also be enrolled in a drawing for my giveaway (a copy of my book: Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More). Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win! The drawing for my book will take place next week.
Here are the list of bloggers for the Vintage Shirting & Dress Print Blog Hop. Be sure to collect all the blocks from these talented quilt-makers!!
Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:
Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction
Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites
Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter
Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter
Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns
Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider
Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts