41 stars complete

Got to sew this afternoon after church, and knocked out those last 21 stars. The quarter-square triangles were all made yesterday, some just needed a little sliver trimming.

My favorite method for making half square triangles and quarter square triangles is using my June Tailor Perfect half Square & Quarter Square Triangles ruler. ( http://store.junetailor.com/store/p-45-half-square-quarter-square-triangles-ruler.aspx)
There is a great video on the June tailor website showing how to use this ruler – http://www.junetailor.com/halfsquaretriangles_video.htm

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I’ve tried lots of methods, including the ez-angle ruler that Bonnie Hunter likes where you are cutting your strip and then triangles, but I dislike sewing on the bias and I have my best results with this ruler. I like that I can square up at the end using the slots built into the ruler. No slipping and sliding, perfect cuts.

This pattern called for 164 quarter square triangles.

This pattern called for 164 quarter square triangles.

all that remains after you trim

all that remains after you trim

 

Time to assemble the final 21

Time to assemble the final 21

These are up on the design wall; ready to assemble once I get finished re-arranging the rails blocks. Some of the neutrals are a little darker, and I want to get a nice balance.

All the blocks are made! I am ready to assemble after I mover them around a bit on the design wall.

All the blocks are made! I am ready to assemble after I move them around a bit on the design wall.

I look forward to getting a few rows put together in the morning.  This quilt pattern indicates that  with borders, the top  should finish at 69×69.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation recommends minimum size 55×65; maximum 72×90. While it should fit the requirements at 69×69, I am tempted to add another row or two in length…..I will have to think about that!  I have PLENTY of rail blocks made….it would mean making more stars. Don’t you think longer is always better??

Notes – This pattern is called Ohio Stars and Rails, by Bonnie Hunter.  The fabric is Primitive Gatherings by Moda Fabrics.    If you are looking for the pattern, check Bonnie’s free pattern tab on her blog; http://www.quiltville.BlogSpot.com .

This quilt will be entered as a challenge quilt in the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show on July 17 & 18, 2015 in Lewes Delaware, and then donated after the show to Quilts of Valor Foundation.  For show info, check this website: http://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/qs15.html

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