Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Quilts of Valor Blog Hop (and a prize!)

Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you.

Welcome to the GO for a Star Quilts of Valor (QOV) Blog Hop. The main page for the blog hop is on Marjorie's blog here.

I am sharing a quilt pattern I designed in Electric Quilt 7 on my computer.  I call this quilt "Long May She Wave"


There are two layouts.  Just adjust based on the size of your blocks. Smaller block sizes require more blocks to make it the desired size.  You can also add borders to achieve the proper size.

I tried designing a traditionally pieced five pointed start for this quilt.  I came up with one. It just looked sad.
So I went back to the drawing board and did a paper pieced version.Here is an image that a dear friend, Tonya, tested for me.



She said that it works well. So if you want to paper piece stars; the file can be downloaded here .  I discovered that although I started out quilting with paper piecing, I don’t love it.  So I went back to the drawing board again!


This time I spent a lot of time thinking about the techniques I have used that I like and don’t like.  I really don’t like the tedious act of cutting out pieces using templates.

While I was thinking about this, I noticed part of the quilt n my bed.   I saw a nice sharp point. Hmmm….. I did this by layering fabric and cutting thru it and rearranging the layers.   So I tried it with three little sheets of paper and some tape.   Hey that looks like it will work.  So I took the pieces of paper to the sewing area to follow along with.  (I drew a diagram as I went so I could follow it  since  it worked on paper!)

What do you think?   The stars are not perfect but they are five pointed stars AND they are easy to make.   (These are untrimmed in the picture)


So here is how you make them:
First  cut three squares (I did mine 12 1/2" square) one each of red, white and blue. Stack them with all right sides up and edges even.

Now we make one cut at an angle from Top center to ?? 1/5 from the right edge on the bottom. (I just eyeballed it. See next image for approx location)
Shuffle the piece on the top right stack to the bottom Then sew the two pieces that are now on top together. Repeat with the second and third pieces. Press your seams then restack the pile being sure that all the pieces are facing the same way like in the next picture. (sorry the color on it is horrible!)





You should have a pile similar to this - but make all the edges match again.








Now you are ready to cut your neat stack again:





I made cut two about a third of the way from the top.  Again shuffle the top piece of one of the piles to the bottom.





Like this:






You are going to sew the three sets again-try to line up those seams. The edges might not match exactly but we are going to trim the square later.








Again we press the seams, restack and make the next cut like this:








Shuffle, sew, press and  restack - I think you should have the idea now.


The next cut is like this:



Again: Shuffle, sew, press and  restack









Make the final cut  like this:


Shuffle and sew.  Then press your three blocks and trim them to size.

You can do with with up to 6 blocks- more than that and the cutting becomes difficult - your blocks will slip. You could also do these in three shades of blue. or use a dark and a medium blue with a white or a red.   Changing the order of the cuts will change the layout of the block.







Here is  the cutting diagram with the cuts marked.  The color of the line matches the color of the number.

And one more thing! Here is the video showing how to make the Wavy Bar blocks.  If the wavy bars aren't your thing,  you can make straight stripes.  I just think the wavy bars add a nice movement to the design.



If you are making only blocks to send it for this challenge, you will have to make these larger by adding borders to them.  The full requirements list is HERE.


Oh yes...about the prize; to enter leave a comment telling me if you prefer a video tutorial or a "words and pictures" tutorial. Entries accepted through Sunday, April 8. The prize winner will be picked on Monday April 9th.  The winner will be contacted by email to get mailing information. This is a USA only giveaway (sorry my international friends.)
PRIZE: Aurifil thread pack and a 2 yard cut of this fabric. 
The full listing for the blog hop is:

(If you missed Barb's post, be sure to go back and read it!) 
April 3: Gene Black, an Alabama Artist and Quilter
http://blog.geneblack.com/
April 4: Marjorie’s Quilting Bee – will also be Blogger Spotlight for Accuquilt on April 4.http://b-quilts.com/blog
April 6: Linda Alexander
http://living4quilting.blogspot.com/


57 comments:

Teresa said...

Gene,
This is an awesome tutorial! I could not figure out how you would make the stars, but this works! I believe I will have to try this. I prefer written tutorials and pictures. I can then print them out and refer to them as often as needed. Thanks for the giveaway!

ooglebloops said...

Absolutely gorgeous design- and perfectly suited for the QOV. Someone will be very proud to own this one!!! Innovative way to design stars! I will have to go back and check your links later.

LeAnne said...

What a fun way to make the star blocks. I cringed at the idea of doing paper piecing. I would rather have written tutorials and pictures. That way I have something I can print out and take to my work table.

Martha said...

I prefer written tutorials and pictures. My computer is in the living room (no room in my quilting space) and even though I have cable, I live in the country and internet is still slower than high speed. I have not done paper piecing yet, but a friend is now ready to teach me...I love the flying geese in a circle that I see everyone doing. Love your stars and thanks for being part of the giveaway.

Pat said...

Very nice, Gene. Once I was into reading this, I realized I once made stars on a Halloween quilt doing something extremely similar that was in, I believe, a Fons and Porter magazine. I love this star quilt you have designed!!! thanks for sharing!!!

Marie said...

Thanks for the interesting help. I have a very strong love to QOV asmy son has gone to the Zone so many times and is leaving agin right after his son graduates from Hi school.I am trying to figure out what exactly to do withthe civil war fabrics I have collected to make his quilt, thanks for the ideas. And Thank yo for visiting my site. Hugs, Marie

Connie said...

What a great design Gene! I prefer written tutorials and pictures mainly because with my internet connection videos are difficult to watch.

Mare said...

I love stars, and I prefer a video tutorial but also but can work with pictures ...thank you.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

Gene, what a lovely star block - I'm a fan of stars! Thanks for the tutorials, I like both video and written instructions, but if I had to choose I'd take the words-and-picture format because I can print it and take it to my sewing room.

You make the wavy seam look so easy, thanks again!

SewCal Gal said...

Excellent tutorial Gene. What a beautiful design you created too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

sewmeow said...

Great post and tutorial, Gene. Love your EQ quilt design. I prefer the pictures tutorial over the video, as the videos always GO by too fast for this old gal.

Thanks for doing this.

Debra G said...

I love the way the quilt came out! Although I enjoy both mediums, I do prefer pictures and words over videos. I think it's because I was raised with McCall's and Simplicity patterns. :)

Phyllis said...

The quilt looks great! I like pictures and words because I like to spend time on each step.

Snoodles said...

Gene, this is fabulous. Great tutorial and such a neat way to construct the stars! I'm always happier with words and pictures, but sometimes a video can make a difference for a particularly difficult concept.
Thanks so much for sharing this!

Linda E in AZ said...

Nice technique and tutorial, Gene. I personally like pictures and words. If both are available, I look at the video first and then go to the actual directions.

Sallie said...

Great job. Thanks for sharing! I prefer "words and pictures" instructions. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barb said...

Love your quilt and starts...great post! Don't enter me...

Nancy said...

Great-looking stars. I prefer pictures and words, but having a print-friendly copy would be nice. I used the following link, but it doesn't put the photos in order. Using it, though, I get a print copy.

http://www.printfriendly.com/

Kathy H said...

I prefer the words and pictures. the video often is too fast for me. WIth the pictures, I can sew and keep looking at the pictures until I am done with the piece.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Que lindo!!!Obrigada por explicações generosas.

A.J. Dub. said...

Hey Gene, I like both video and text/image. If it is a long tute, I prefer video so I can stop and start as needed and don't have to scroll a bunch or print a bunch of pages. And sometimes I just need to see the process in action to get it.
On the other hand it is nice to have a paper copy that I can make notes on and keep filed.

Kate Brown said...

This is a great design. Took me a few secs to figure out how it would work but once read through was great I prefer the pictures and written of the pdf files so I can download them and sort so I can keep them all together rather than hunting down the things I like. Thank you for the tutorial! I am going to try this :)

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing the pdf files!

Margaret said...

I like step by step pics for some things like the whack and stack method for your stars but videos for other things is great. For me it all depends on what you are teaching me. FMQ for instance needs to be video but making certain blocks I like step by step. Thanks for the chance to win and the neat way to make these stars. I am going to try this later this month as my project to take to quilt retreat.

Nancy Sue said...

What a wonderful tutorial Gene! You're always thinking outside the quilting box!!! I LOVE pic and words. Being deaf, I find a great deal of the videos aren't closed captioned. But, I acknowledge that captioning is a time sponge! Other stay-at-home-moms who are not deaf also appreciate the pics and words over video, because they can view them during 'mommytime" ie naptime, and they don't have to worry that the video's audio will wake up the little sprouts :) Thx again for the tutorial. Can't wait to try some stars :)

luv2quilt2 said...

I love the step by step pictures and instructions, and I'm bookmarking this page to come back to when I have the fabric to make some. Thank you!

Sharmond said...

You know, I really love them both. The photographs of the steps are so wonderful. I do enjoy videos, too especially quilting videos. But, maybe step by step tutorials are best. Thanks so much!

Tina Reed said...

Great stars, think I will try the paper pieced method! I am trying a new format of turning pictures into videos for tutorials. I like both methods of pictures with words and video. Thank you!

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

I've tried several ways to make stars...all failures lol. This looks perfect. I prefer words and pictures - I can take my time looking. VermontPines at aol dot com

laurie in texas said...

Those look cool - and easy - just what I like. I may have to try this for my top. Thanks Gene!!

Cecilia said...

I like the pictures and words, that way I can read over them frequently. I personally like to paper piece, but your way of making stars seem easy too. Thanks for the giveaway. I want to start a QOV this month and will work on it during my weekly sit n sew meetings.

teachpany said...

Your quilt is really cool! As for tutorials, I usually like words/pictures. Videos take a while to load, but I got a "Explorere can not display this website" thing on yours, so I'm glad you had the photos and words. But, most people are visual learners, and if the video is good, that's usually the better way to get people to learn. Thanks! The fabric is great, as is Aurifil. If I win, I'll use it all for as much of a QOV top I can make. Thanks!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well done!I like the wavy bars, but speed and quick is the straight. I prefere the picture and word tutorials because you can keep the steps right in front of you as you go. Thank you for a great give away which would/could be used in a QOV blocks or quilt.

swakins said...

I love the stars. So clever. I've done the stack cut and shuffle thing but never thought of using it for stars. I do better with the step by step Lix cause I can study placement and stuff. Swakins@Aol.com

Jean said...

Love the tutorial. I like the words and pictures. Nice pattern.

desertskyquilts said...

I like both. I find that when I have a clue what is going on, the pictures are fine. When I'm not sure, like your wavy pieces, I like seeing the video tutorial and watching several times to really "get it." Thank you for this tutorial and thanks to all for the giveaway chance!

dezertsuz at gmail

JJ said...

I liked your tutorial and I am not really into the U tube thing so words and pictures are good. Those stars turned out very nice. I love stars and will have to find a project to give your technique a try.

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

Gene, that quilt is truly stunning. Thank you for sharing. I prefer a picture tutorial because I find I print a lot of tutorials so I have them handy for constant reference. Thank you!

Colleen said...

I like both video tutorials and picture/words. I use video tutorials most. I like your quilt design! I like the combination of stars and then the wavy strips. Thank you for a chance to win the give away.

Tonya said...

WOW, I love how you made the block. You're a genius!! I like video's better, but I've made plently of things from picture tutorials as well.

Abbigail said...

I love the pictures of how you made this block. I can't always get the videos to work right (internet is slow). Plus you can print off the pictures! Thanks for the wonderful star and bars design!

Debi said...

Great tutorial, I am definately going to have to try this. I prefer video because I am such a visual person, but I understood these directions completely.

Debi said...

Great tutorial, I am definately going to have to try this. I prefer video because I am such a visual person, but I understood these directions completely.

Ariane said...

I love this design!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

Patti said...

Yup I like this pattern very much. I had already pledged 12 QOVs for 2012 to learn my new longarm. I've been on the lookout for interesting patterns & love to try this. Now to answer your question, I want it all videos AND printed directions lol!

Susan said...

I don't have a blog but love to read blogs. I like video tutorials but really any tutorial is a great find. I have two QOVs pieced and will finish them for the contest. Thanks. barbersdot@gmail.com

landscapelady said...

I prefer the tutorial in writing so I don't have to start and stop the video. On my I pad the pics are perfect. Great star pattern!

Sherri D said...

I really like having both a picture tutorial and a video. Sometimes it takes one or the other to understand better. But, that said, if I had to choose, it would be the pictures with directions that could be printed out and taken to the cutting table.
I wonder if this would work with a group of folks? We do a block of the month in our guild and the July block is always donated to Quilts of Valor. This would be fun and would have three blocks per person to hand in for the Valor folks to make into a big quilt!

thegoose said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I prefer a written tutorial with lots of clear photos.

Diann said...

Your tutorial is clever and fairly simple. Nice.
In general I find a word and picture tutorial easier to follow.

Marcia W. said...

Gene, another good tutorial and love that wavy stripe design - you are really good with EQ. Thanks also for the giveaway. I'm catching up on the blog hop today - had read the post on your day yet didn't have the time to comment.

Marcia W. said...

I forgot to say that I like the written tutorial and photos (pdf is nice) because on dial-up I cannot readily view videos - not enough bandwidth. If only could get AT&T to actually deliver the DSL that they say they have (tons of sales promos) and don't.

MaryJane said...

I like the pics and words!! I like to print it, for reference while working,, I love this! Thanks

Lyn said...

The tutorial was great. Thanks for the chance to win. Lyn

Heide said...

Discovered your blog today. Great tutorial. I prefer text & pictures. On satellite and videos/YouTube take forever to download. I also take my IPad to my sewing room and refer to the pictures while working on the project.
Heidew2003 at yahoo dot com

KOcanQuilt said...

I prefer words and pictures - with a video I would have to play it over and over. With the pictures you can keep it static as long as needed. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Shirley in Canada said...

Okay I have bookmark this blog! I LOVE the tutorial ... thank you so much for this giveaway!