Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hive 8 January 2015 Block of Awesome.

Hi! My name is Audrey. I like hot pink, and dessert, and quilting. I introduced myself a bit back here, but if that just isn't enough, feel free to check out my blog and my about me section.

You know my fave color, but I want to know yours! So, for this month's question, I'd like you to tell me what color does it for you. I'd also love to know your thoughts on the 2015 Pantone color of the year, Marsala. (I think it's a lovely shade for a lipstick, but I don't think I'll be making any quilts using it, know what I mean?)

I fell in love with the Glorious Autumn Star block from Faith at Fresh Lemons, and I would like you to make me one with less Autumn and more Glorious. Prepare yourself for the awesome. (Are you ready? Good.)

This was my initial fabric pull. Lots and lots of navy goodness, some dark blues, and a few prints that almost look black, that's how dark blue they are. I didn't wind up using the purple in my block, but if you have the perfect purple to add a little pop to yours, feel free. You'll also need some white (not pictured), and I'd prefer you use a white solid, a white-on-white, or a very quiet low volume print.

I mostly pressed my seams open, but when it came to the inner star, I pressed to the side to nestle the seams together. Use your best judgment here--I'm not super picky. The block is 12.5" unfinished. 

Faith uses a gradient in her background fabrics--we won't be using one--and because of this gradient, her cutting instructions won't work for this block, so I've included my own.

Cutting Instructions:

Pattern Piece Color Size Number to Cut
Inner Star Background Various Navys 4.25″ x 4.25″ 4

2.5″ x 2.5″ 4
Outer Star Background Various Navys 4.5″ x 4.5″ 4

3.5″ x 3.5″ 4
Center White 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1
Inner Star Points White 4.25″ x 4.25″ 4
Outer Star Points White 4.5″ x 4.5″ 4

Assemble your inner star. This involves creating 4 QST blocks utilizing your (4) 4.25" background squares and your (4) 4.25" white squares. If you reference Faith's tutorial, this is steps 2-10.

After assembling the inner star, it's the outer star's turn. Transform your 4.5" squares into HSTs, trim them up to 3.5", lay them out, and sew them up. (Steps 11-17 in Faith's tutorial.) 

And you've got yourself a final block of awesome! Thanks, Hive 8! Let me know if you have any questions. 


Melodee said...

Navy it is :) I love navy!! I'm not sure about Marsala...never heard of to the rescue 😁

Willa said...

Marsala is a great color!!!! Not seen often enough!!!

My usual favorite colors are purple, lime green and black!

MegsAnn said...

Marsala makes me yawn. It's just not exciting.

I'm a purple girl! I've also been drawn to teal and mustard recently.

Celeste said...

If my stash is any indicator, I must love reds and pinks. If you add a few purples, I'm a happy camper. Unless Marsala fits in here, it is not for me.

Celeste said...

Audrey, your block will be in the mail early this week. Such a fun block!

Jacque T said...

I am currently craving warm colors, yellows, oranges, warm purples. Marsala, what I've seen of it makes me think of Maroon, I am not impressed with it. Sure loved the Vibrant Violet and Emerald from the last few years. Pulling fabric getting ready to put your block together! :)