There are only 6 of us; we didn't want anyone to feel rushed, so we are spending 2 months on each person, and making each person (2) 12" blocks each. Our first recipient, or "Queen Bee", as they say, was Mary. She furnished the background fabric, some Kaffe prints, and some bright plaids. We could add prints of our own, as long as we used her background choice. Most of us didn't have any bright plaids, so it was lucky that she had plenty. We were each asked to make her a 12" block with a star, and a 12" block that reminded us of something from our friendship with her.
We celebrate our birthdays together, and always try to get the "birthday girl" whatever quilty things she has been dreaming of. Last year, I was thinking about making a Dresden Plate quilt, and it was Mary who gave me this Nancy Zieman Dresden Plate, Trace and Create Quilt template set from Clover. I thought it would be appropriate to use it to make a block for her that is supposed to represent a memory that I have of her. By the way, I will be starting that Dresden Plate quilt soon; but that's beside the point. So, one of my blocks for Mary was a Dresden plate fan.
The other is called a "Laced Star".
I still need to hand stitch the center of the Dresden Plate.
Next post, I will explain how I drafted, and made that Laced Star.
I finished this quilt, made a back for it and gave it to Regina Carter, my fabulous long arm quilter.
I have also finished the center of this quilt. I am currently working on getting the pieced border together.
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I found it in this book, which I have had for many many years.
There are no rotary cutting directions or measurements in these older quilt books, but there is a wealth of block inspiration! Not really sure how you would cut these pieces without templates anyway.
You will need a piece of paper that is at least as large as the finished size of the block. Since I was making a 12" block I used freezer paper, which came in handy later.
First, I drew a 12" square on my freezer paper, then I bisected that square with 2 diagonal lines that run from corner to corner. Next I bisected the square again with 2 straight lines that run across the center of the square. All of these lines should cross in the center of the square.
Next, draw a line from the lower left hand corner to where the center line meets the right hand side of your square. Give your square a quarter turn, and repeat. Repeat until each corner has a line running from the corner to where the center line meets the side that is to the right of that corner.
Next, draw a line from where the center line meets the side, to the low point, where lines intersect to the right. Do this all the way around each side of your block.
This is your finished product. Now you can do one of 2 things. You can