‘Watch the Stars’ mystery quilt – June block

Welcome to the June block for the ‘Watch the Stars’ 2022 mystery quilt.

To make the June block, you need to follow the instructions given in January post for making half-square triangle units. You will find this in the instructions under the heading ‘Making the Star’ in the January post here.

A quarter-inch seam is used throughout.

Materials

5 x 5″ white fabric with dots

4 x 8″ dark yellow fabric with dots

4 x 16″ light yellow fabric

9 x 18″ navy blue fabric with silver print

Cutting

from the white fabric, cut one square 4¾ x 4¾”

from the dark yellow fabric, cut two squares, each 3⅞ x 3⅞” and then cut each square once on the diagonal from corner to corner

from the light yellow fabric, cut four squares each 3⅞ x 3⅞”

from the navy blue fabric, cut four squares each 3½ x 3½” and four squares each 3⅞ x 3⅞”

Making the Block

1 Check the January post (link above) for how to make half-square triangles. Use four 3⅞ x 3⅞” pale yellow squares and four 3⅞ x 3⅞” navy squares to make eight half-square triangle units like the ones below. Press the seam and then press the seam allowances over to the navy blue side.

2 Join two half-square triangle units, along the navy sides, like the one in the photo below. Repeat with with the remaining units to make four pairs in all. Press the seam, then press the seam allowances open.

3 Take the white square and lay one of the dark yellow triangles, right sides together, along the top edge. Turn it over and pin from the back, so you can make sure that you have an equal-sized triangle sticking out from each edge, as shown. Stitch the seam. Press the seam, then press the seam allowance outwards towards the triangle. Repeat this step with another triangle pinned on the opposite edge.

4 Lay the remaining two dark yellow triangles, right sides together on the remaining two sides of the white square. Pin, stitch and press as before.

5 Assemble the block. Make row 1. Add a navy 3½ x 3½” square to the left of a half-square triangle unit and then add another navy 3½ x 3½” square to the right. Press the seam allowances out towards the navy squares.

6 Add a double half-square triangle unit to the left of the central white/yellow square and another double half-square triangle unit to the right. Press the seams open.

7 Repeat step 5. Turn the piece through 180 degrees, so the yellow points are going downwards. Then join the three rows of the block, aligning the vertical seams.

Press well and set aside.


Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

Fiddle Fingers Quilts

While at The Quilters’ Guild Conference and AGM (mentioned here) I stopped at the Fiddle Fingers Quilts stand.

Fiddle Fingers Quilts stand at the QGBI conference 2022

I have mentioned this marvellous charity before on the blog. I first met the founders of the charity, Judy Harris and Karen Perry (pictured below) at The Quilters’ Guild conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2018.

Since the start, Judith and Karen have been encouraging quilters to make small lap-quilts for people with dementia. The charity provides lots of ideas and practical suggestions for how such quilts could be made. Their stand held examples of interesting textural items that could be sewed to the surface and also fabrics know as ‘conversational’ prints. The purpose of these items is not just decorative. They can give agitated fingers something to touch and fiddle with (hence the name) and may also provide helpful prompts for conversation. Certain objects and images (for example of a spade in the earth in a garden, or of a dog, or of an old-style telephone – as seen in the quilt below) may help trigger memories from the past.

Three of my friends have had a parent who suffered from dementia. It’s a terrible, debilitating illness, so the idea of making something that might provide some comfort and relief appeals to me. As you may remember, I wrote a pattern for the charity (mentioned in this post here), which appears on their website, along with other patterns here and is also available directly on this website here.

Can I encourage you to go and visit Fiddle Fingers Quilts’ own website: http://www.fiddlefingersquilts.co.uk/

You will find photos, information, advice, news about workshops and more. Perhaps you could get together with quilting friends to make quilts for a nursing home near you? It can be very satisfying to make a quilt that could be useful in this way.

Also, if you make a quilt for a dementia sufferer, please will you let Fiddle Fingers Quilts know that you have used their resources? It is so helpful for charities run by volunteers to get good feedback! Thank you.


Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

I will be with other local makers, at a Makers Market at Ramsgate Harbour on Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June 2022, as part of the Jubilee celebrations! 

There will be a fantastic selection of artisan makers, vintage stalls and beautifully curated goods.

There’s also live music and a funfair so a perfect day out with an offering for everyone.

If you live nearby, come along and support local businesses, then stop off at one of the lovely cafes along the harbour or wander into town. There is an amazing choice of places for great coffee and cake in Ramsgate! 

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