This row is made up of 6, 10" x 10 " finished blocks. (If you measure your block from edge to edge it will measure 10 1/2" x 10 1/2". The extra 1/2" is for the seam allowances.)
The Exploding Star block is a nine patch block made of 1 square patch (the center), 4 pieced patches that look like open beaks (the edges) and 4 twinkles patches (the corners). It is essentially the same block that we made last month. Only the corner patches are different.
About those patches... I had planned to construct these by making half square triangles, and sewing them in four patches with tiny squares. However, I found that the size of the block frustrated my plans. The best I can figure the problem lies in the size of the block. 10" x 10" is not neatly divisible by 6 when your rulers are all based on quarter inches. Either I had to make the block bigger(there is no way I was going to make it smaller) or I had to find a more accurate way to make the block. Consequently, I resorted to paper piecing. This is not a traditional use of the method...but it works, and your pieces will fit the way they are supposed to. If you have never paper pieced please refer to my tutorial for more specific instructions.
Background - I used Bella neutral (SKU #9900-12)
2/3 yard, or 23" x width of fabric (wof) plus the remnant (3 7/8" x 26-ish") from step 1
6, 10" x 10" squares
6, sets of 8, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares (this fits perfectly on a 5" x 10" rectangle)
Printer paper, 6 sheets
When you print the pattern be sure that your settings are as follows
Fit to printable area - YES!!!
Print one page and measure the pattern pieces
The largest solid line rectangles should measure 3 3/8" x 1 11/16"
Once you are sure the pieces print out correctly, print the remaining 5 pages.
I've been thinking that I needed to stretch my creative muscles a mite. Low and behold the DQS14 sign ups were going on...and I got picked to participate.
I've made an inspiration mosaic for my partner....perhaps I should have just pointed to FlossieBlossoms, Mamacjt, and Silort... but that might have totally overwhelmed them. Then again, if my partner turns out to be one of them, that would be awesome too.
I know it is a cliche - but holy cow where does the time go?! It moves faster and faster each year, and each day still seems like an exercise in futility. I don't seem to get anything done....but I know that isn't true...must be some sort of time warp. The more you have to do the fast time buzzes past.
So...October has come and gone....
My S'more Rows row-a-long quilt is finished and the patterns have begun to publish on my blog.
There is still time to join us if you are interested....get the scoop here.
I'm working with the fine folk at Happiness is Quilting to bring my local friends a monthly demo/class on the most recent row. The first demo was loads of fun....stop by on November 16 for the second installment. We will be playing with paper piecing.
The pattern for my little quilt, Midwinter Cozy, was featured on Moda's Bake Shop on October 4 and has been well received. It has had over 8300 hits so far! There is still time to get in on the give away...leave a comment... the drawing is on November 4.
On the pattern front - I have three more approved by the Bake Shop and waiting in the wings to be built.
more on those this winter.
Tops to Treasures the long arm quilting business has been crazy busy. 15 quilts this month!
Add to that more high school football games than I care to remember;
my middle son's first ever date, and home coming dance;
a whirlwind visit by my oldest;
a quick trip into Dallas to see The Lion King at Dallas Summer Musicals; and teaching an introduction to quilts to a wonderful group of ladies at a mini church retreat; and you will have my month in a very large nut shell.
I do hope that your October was just as spectacular.