Monday, 11 April 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Wonky Star block #21

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL!
Today's tutorial is for the Wonky Star 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Wonky Star

Wonky Star 6" quilt block


Wonky Star block #21
Yellow
A
8 @ 2.5” squares
Light Blue
B
2 @ 2.5” squares
Dark Blue
C
2 @ 2.5” squares
White
D
1 @ 2.5” square

Cut two (B) squares and two (C) squares along the diagonal. Place one of the (B) pieces on an (A) square and sew a ¼” seam along the diagonal that you cut. Trim the ¼” seam and press open. Place one of the (C) pieces on the (A) square and sew a ¼” seam along the diagonal that you cut. Trim the ¼” seam and press open. Trim the (ABC) square to 2.5”. Make 4. Sew these (ABC) squares together with the remaining (A) and (D) squares, making three rows. Sew the rows together.







I chose to display my Wonky Star block using a combination of the Sweater #1 & Sweater #2 options. 



Sweater Assembly Instructions:
White
A
2 @ 1.5” x 6”
Dark Blue
B
1 @ 1.5” x 6”
White
X
2 @ 1” x 7”
Light Blue
Y
2 @ 1” x 7”
Dark Blue
C
1 @ 1.5” x 7”
Yellow
E
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
Yellow
F
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
Background
G
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
Yellow
H
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
White
J
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Background
K
2 @ 3.5” squares
Background
L
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
Dark Blue
M
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”


















Block finishes at 12” square



Step 1:  Sew the (A) and (B) rectangles together. Crosscut into 2 units @ 2.5” wide. Sew the (X),(Y) and (C) rectangles together. Crosscut into 1 unit @ 6.5” wide.



Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (XYZ) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (ABA) units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (F) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.





Step 4:  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (H) and (J) rectangles together and sew them on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.



Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.





Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.




If you have made enough blocks for the Maxi size quilt, using 20 Ugly Christmas Sweater blocks, you will have a total of 40 of these little HST leftover pieces. Enough for the HST Bonus Project. I used mine to make a beautiful 16" x 25" Sewing Machine Mat and will be sharing the tutorial later this month!




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