Have you ever looked at a quilt pattern and loved the quilt but didn’t know where to start? At first glance, quilt patterns that contain a lot of pieces can be overwhelming. So much so, that often the quilt pattern is added to the “some day” pile. Many years ago, while working in a tailor shop, I learned a valuable lesson that applies to quilting: when faced with a complicated task, don’t dwell on how much there is to be done, take it one step at a time, and before you know it, the job will be finished.
With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at my quilt “Glory Stars” from Love of Quilting September/October 2016. Although this quilt appears to be two different quilt blocks, it’s actually a Star block with pieced sashing.
This quilt is made up of four total units – three for the quilt block and one for the sashing. To start, I broke the block design into three individual units. Here’s a breakdown of how I approached each unit as I moved through this quilt pattern:
- As I’ve already mentioned, this Star quilt block has three units. I made the corner units first, starting with the Triangle-Squares. It’s helpful to have an idea of how you’re going to approach each technique. For Triangle-Squares, an easy and quick method is shown in the video below.
After assembling the blocks, I made the sashing units. For these units, I made a strip set and then cut the units from the strip set. Easy peasy! Here’s Colleen Tauke, Fons & Porter Sewing Specialist, to show you how to create strip sets for your next project.
Well there you have it! Four (relatively) simple units is all you need to construct this intricate looking quilt. Always remember, it all begins with cutting the pieces accurately. It’s also important to use an accurate ¼” seam allowance.