The part of Autumn Jubilee you’ve been waiting for is here! The Quilt Along starts today! Get those sewing machines ready, as we also have two more sewing projects to come as well. This year for the quilt along, I have a fun idea that really works nicely as a table runner. It is quick, and fast, so we will finish in just two weeks from today. You’ll have a Harvest Star runner in time for Thanksgiving dinner, or make it in Christmas colors for holiday gifts. I will show you the first block today, the second block next Friday, then we will put it together on the 25th.
So, since it is not a mystery, here is where we are going – a lovely star on a field of black. The black background reminds me of the hard butterscotch candies we used to get at the dime store. In Christmas colors, it might even look like a Christmas Cracker. I like the enlongated star using the Tri Recs tools, but you may substitute any star block you like, with a black background, 12-1/2-inches unfinished.
Begin by cutting your star fabric in a strip 4-1/2-inches wide. Place the ‘Recs’ tool on the edge and make the first cut.
Turn the tool around for the second cut. You’ll need eight Recs triangles.
From a 4-1/2-inch wide strip of black background, cut 4 ‘Tri’ triangles.
Line up the larger base star fabric with the point of the background.
Press outward, then sew the other side.
You should have four of these units, square to 4-1/2-inches if needed.
Arrange the star points around a solid center, or a print center. Add four 4-1/2-inch black background squares to the corners.
Sew in rows. The block should be 12-1/2-inches at this point.
For the Harvest Star, I put a print in the middle. I’ll use this same print in the Block B that I’ll show you next week.
It does beautifully in Christmas colors too.
For a small table runner, about 38-inches long, make one. And to give you some more ideas, here are some additional colorways you might do. Gotta love EQ8! Go scrappy or controlled, use the colors you like best. We’ll add borders later, too.
I hope you have fun with this idea!!
I want to let you know that I’ve loved reading all your comments on the Autumn Jubilee posts, some have warmed my heart, others made me laugh, all made me smile. Thank you! I am so glad you seem to be enjoying Autumn Jubilee!
It has also been fun to read all your introductions on Facebook in the sharing group. Share your Autumn Jubilee projects in our From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Group on Facebook. If you haven’t joined yet, be sure to answer the questions when you ask to join or the moderators may not approve you. Someone sharing there will receive a special surprise at the end of Autumn Jubilee. Anyone done the latest Teacup block yet?