WIP Wednesday

Good morning! In addition to moving as a WIP, I have been working on a quilt for a niece. I’m calling it “Starburst.” Not because of the varied colors but because of the varied quilt pieces that are making up this top. I need to get it finished and turned into the quilter rather soon!

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Her favorite colors are gray, orange and black. In an effort to make this a nice quilt top without looking like Halloween, I chose those two colors above. I’m pairing them with a nice tan as the background.

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I started with this block. A very fun block that has only the edges sewn down and the rest is loose.

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I have several other pieces (5″ squares that make up a 15″ square block). I’m not going to show them just yet. They are interesting and definitely give this quilt the name of “Starburst: A rainbow of fruit flavors.” The last block I am working on is a “Puff Pocket,” as I call it. It really is quite simple. Cut one tan 5.5″ square and one 6.5″ of the gray (or orange).

Do not make a big deal of this to your near-7 year old! He will grab your cutter and try to cut the gray one down to size, as it’s the wrong size!

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I have no clue what the measurements are. I just drew a light line on each corner of the gray. I put it on a 1″ square on my cutting board and went corner to corner with it. Do this on all 4 sides.

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Sew on the line you drew on all 4 sides of the pieces. You’ll actually have both pieces right-side-up, not right-sides-together or wrong-sides-together. Just lay them on top of each other and sew all four sides, making sure the corners all line up perfectly. When done, it’ll look like this…

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The extra inch you put into the gray will puff up. You’re not done, don’t worry! All 4 sides are stitched and now it’s time for the next step…

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Take a straight pin and fold over the “extra” fabric to create a crease in between the two corners. I eyeballed the “center” between the two. Do as you will with your own.

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Pin all four sides in the same manner – making sure your folds all go in the same direction. Don’t worry about ironing them down or whatnot. Stay away from the iron at this point.

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Sew a “scan 1/4″ over the folds you created. The reason I am not going in as far as a 1/4” should is so the stitches don’t accidentally show when I’m done sewing the squares into a block.

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When done, take a look at it – fluff it up a bit, if you want. It’s a Puff-Pocket!

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I have a little army of Puff-Pockets on my counter, waiting for me to make my 15″ blocks out of. They are actually kind of fun! I’m not sure the tutorial is perfect but that’s how I did things. Enjoy, if you try to make them. Just make your puff fabric bigger than the finished square underneath and it’ll puff up when done.

I hope to have this quilt top done before we move. I want to get all my quilts to the quilter before too late for Christmas presents.

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