Ready to use up some Christmas scraps? Today we’ll start a very fast quilt along with a new block. This idea came to me about a month ago, and I have done extensive internet searches to see if it has already been published. I cannot find this exact thing anywhere, and I can hardly believe it hasn’t been published somewhere. The block is super simple, a nine patch surrounded by a star. Two different sizes of squares are used to start, and it will use up a bunch of your stash. Today, we’ll cut and make the first unit, next week we’ll finish the second unit and assemble the stars, then finally will assemble the quilt runner, add borders and quilt it. Ready to quilt along for a fast runner or table topper?
I made mine with a gold center, red squares and green in the star units. Here are the cutting instructions for three blocks.
Red scraps 2-1/2-inch squares = 24
Gold fabric 2-1/2-inch squares = 3
Green fabric or scraps 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 3-1/2-inch squares = 12
You’ll also need some extra yardage for the border, four WOF strips will do it. I made mine 2-1/2-inches wide.
Begin the units by making the nine-patches. Place the gold square in the center, red around the edges and sew in rows. Press each row opposite to make nesting easier, like the top and bottom to the right and the middle to the left.
Nine patch unit complete. Make 3. This unit should measure 6-1/2-inches square.
Next, pair up the 4-inch green squares with the 4-inch white squares. Draw sewing lines on the white, 1/4-inch from the diagonal center.
Chain sew on the lines.
Cut apart on the diagonal between the sewing lines. Make 24 HST units.
Press to the green, and square to 3-1/2-inches. Here’s where we will end up this week, with the bits laid out for the next steps. One nine-patch unit, eight HSTs and four white 3-1/2-inch white squares.
We’ll continue next week sewing this unit, assembling the runner, and beginning the quilting. I’ll have a pdf for you then with the whole pattern. Click HERE for the next step. Are you going to quilt along? Or are you working on another Christmas project?
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