It's time to start my very first sew-along...I hope you are joining me!
First up is what you need~
The Holly Jolly book. 4 5/8 yds for background fabric.
7/8 yd for corner star #1/chain fabric. (Shown red)
1/4 yd for corner stars #2. (Shown green)
1/2 yd of main fabric for large stars. (Shown red)
5/8 yd of accent fabric for large stars.(Shown green)
1/4 yd of accent fabric for side/alternate block (shown blue)
1/4 yd of main fabric for side/alternate block (shown green)
5/8 yd for binding.
5 yds for backing.
I will be starting with the 7 center chain blocks so I will be using the background fabric and the chain fabric.
As you go through the cutting under the "background", you will cutting out the section labeled "7 center chain blocks".
And you will be cutting out the (13) chain fabric stripes and the (13) background strips under the "10 side chain blocks section". (You need the strips for both the side chain blocks and the center chain blocks but today we are just working on the center chain blocks.)
With right sides together, stitch one red and one background strip together.
I pressed the seams toward the red strip.
With right sides together, layer two stitched strips, alternating the color so that the red matched up with the background. Then sub-cut them so that they can easily be stitched together without having to re-matching them into 4-patches.
(Save the rest of the pieces for the 10 side chain blocks that we will be making later.)
I have to share with you this cute little cutter I picked up on vacation. It's a block with a travel thread cutter stuck into a drilled hole.
I love it because when your done chain stitching your units together, it makes it so much easier to cut them apart than using a scissors. (And it had a "S" on it, which makes it even cuter!)
When your done with the 4-patch units, take 28 of them and added one more pieced unit to create a 6-patch unit.
When you are done with the 4-patch and 6-patch units, lay them out with the background pieces and stitch the units together into rows. (There is also a diagram in the book to help you.)
Then stitch the center 5 rows together to create the center of the block.
Stitch the long strips to the top and bottom of the block center.
Now stitch the sides to the block center and you are done.
Make 7 of these center chain blocks.
Next week we will be heading to Sherri's blog "A Quilting Life" for her part of our sew-along.
P.S. A quick note about the exciting ending to my first sew-along......When the quilt is complete, we will be auctioning the quilt off on Ebay and 100% of the winning bid will be going to the Susan G. Komen foundation!