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!
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.
I started with this block. A very fun block that has only the edges sewn down and the rest is loose.
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!
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
When done, take a look at it – fluff it up a bit, if you want. It’s a Puff-Pocket!
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.