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Potter Star Quilt WIP – Carina’s craft blog Embroidery

Blake pouted under our bed. I’ve laid out the blocks for this quilt top I’m working on and he always wants to jump on the bed when I do. Which of course would mess up the order! So I said “No!” And he stopped and looked at me like “but why ?!” and then he half hid under the bed. 😀

I hadn’t planned to make this quilt top now, but then we went to the castle and I felt like I needed a project that would be a daily distraction. What it was. Mainly because I was listening to the Harry Potter audio books * while working on the quilt, so I was in my own little wizarding quilt world. Very comforting in these strange times. And of course that gave me the name for my quilt. 🙂

* I can only recommend the audio version, it is performed by Stephen Fry and this is a match made in heaven.

In any case, this is the inspiration for the quilt I’m working on. The Star Quilt by Wise Craft Quilts by Blair Stocker. (I made another quilt a few years ago that was inspired by the book.) I kept an eye on this particular quilt because it’s made up of shirts and I happen to have a large stack of Tony’s work shirts that it was itching to do to turn into a blanket.

Although I really wanted to make this quilt, I was a little hesitant because it partly consists of flying goose blocks and they just seemed so labor intensive and I am a bit lazy. We have another quilt made from Tony’s old work shirts, which consists of much more manageable squares and rectangles! 🙂

I’m glad I overcame my laziness because I really like these star blocks. And the blocks of the flying geese weren’t as boring as I imagined. Especially when I found a system that divided the process into steps and performed a number of the same steps at once.

These are the two types of blocks for the quilt, the star block and one that consists only of squares and rectangles. For a couple of the “simple” blocks, I wanted to use striped print for the large central square, but I thought the stripes could be a little boring and maybe get the wrong way, so I made these blocks with smaller blocks and flipped them Stripes. I like that, it looks more … shabby! 🙂

The blocks should be 13 “square when ready to be sewn together, but they were all slightly larger than that. I don’t have a quilt ruler of this size, so I wasn’t sure how best to cut the blocks. I did I made it up. Fold the blocks twice, align the seams carefully, and place the quilt ruler at the 6.5 inch mark. I don’t know if this is the “textbook” way, but it worked, so go it goes. 😀

I have this old cutting mat under my sewing machine. It is mainly used to protect the table from machine abrasion. But occasionally it is very convenient when I’m working on something that requires a lot of trimming. Like these flying goose blocks. And the mat is also handy for checking measurements.

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