My name is Ariane from Ariane's Crafts.
I'm glad to be back to share with all of you.
I haven't been able to get as much sewing done lately.
But, last week, I found out my niece is having a little boy.
It's very exciting news.
Sew, I just had to make a little baby boy quilt for her.
I had this fabric in my stash just waiting to be used.
Do you sometimes have a fabric in your stash that just calls to be fussy cut?
Well, one of the fabrics in this collection needed just that.
The only thing about fussy cutting this fabric is that I wanted to maximize the use of this fabric.
Sew, some of the squares I was cutting were odd sizes.
I wanted to make star blocks with some of the larger squares.
These squares were cut at 6 inches.
I thought I would share how I did the math for these blocks to work out.
Center block size: A = 6 inches
For flying geese:
Side strip size: 3¼ X 6 inches
To find the width of this rectangle I took value A divided by 2, + ¼ inch.
That gave me the 3¼ inch.
Cut 4 of these rectangles in a light color
Corner squares: 3¼ inches square
To find this size of this square, you take the length of the rectangle A divided by 2, + ¼ inch.
Cut 8 of these squares in a darker contrasting color
Outer corner squares: 3¼ inches
These squares are the same size as the width of the rectangles.
Cut 4 in same lighter color as rectangles
Sew you can make this star with any size square using this information.
Here is a basic picture tutorial on how I made the flying geese for this block.
In the last picture I used the leftover HST's to make the little shoo-fly block.
I wanted to make another star block using this tutorial for Uneven Stars.
This is the block I made.
I probably should have used a lighter background fabric, but it will do.
This block turned out to be 17 inches square. BIG!!!
Sew, how did I get my measurements for this block.
I took the sizes in the tutorial link I provided, then found the difference between the center block of the square in her tutorial and the size of my center block.
My center block was 6 inches, and her center block was 4½ inches.
Sew all my blocks had to be 1½ inches bigger then the measurements in her tutorial.
Here's a photo tutorial of how I made my block.
I like the fact that there is no waste with this block.
You just use the leftover pieces to make a little pinwheel block.
Sew, this little quilt is a sampler quilt.
I was in a mood to make a quilt without a pattern and just sew by the seat of my pants.
You know, just go with it.
This is what I have done up to now.
I will be doing some applique in the white areas.
But, I haven't had time to do that yet.
I was thinking a big dog in the larger white square,
maybe a train in the top white rectangle,
maybe a frog in the small white rectangle.
What do you think?
(Note: the colors in these pictures are not the greatest. It looks so much better in person)
Well, I hope this gave you a bit of info on how to use those fabrics that call to be fussy cut.
It's a lot of fun to use these fabrics, but it can also be challenging.
So, go ahead and fussy cut some fabric.
To see my finished quilt, you will have to come and see me at Ariane's Crafts.
I don't know when I will finish it, but I will do my best to get it done soon.
Thanks Madame Samm for having me blog here again.