Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Quilt Finishing

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Finally we have reached the end of the Halloween Stars Sew-Along!

To complete the quilt, layer the backing, batting and quilt top, and quilt using your preferred method. I machine quilted mine with a stars and swirl pattern using white thread. I had planned to try machine sewing my binding on, both front and back, but chickened out at the last minute. My tried and true binding method is 2 1/2" strips, folded in half, machine sewn to the front of the quilt using a 3/8" seam, folded over to the back and hand stitched down. 

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I love how my little quilt turned out and look forward to using it on my table.

Thanks to everyone who joined me in this sew-along. Be sure to share your finished Halloween Stars quilt photos and tag me!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla



Monday, October 17, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Top Construction

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

We finally get to assemble our blocks to make our Halloween Stars Sew-Along quilt top! 

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

You'll lay out your blocks, alternating the A & B blocks in a grid according to the size you are making. Continuing to pin those open seams when they meet is important for matching seams. It's always so exciting to get to this flimsy stage!

Share a photo of your finished quilt top when you get there & tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see please!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla



Saturday, October 15, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Stripe Attachment

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Yay! We are getting so close to the finish line of the Halloween Stars Sew-Along! Today we are completing our blocks by attaching the last 4-patch and stripe units.

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

You'll be attaching the units to both the A and B blocks. It's pretty straight forward and won't take long. Just remember to pin those open seams to get a perfect match!

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

With the blocks completed, tomorrow we'll be sewing our blocks together to complete our top - or as some quilters call it, our 'flimsy'. (I just love that name!)

If you'd like to make your own Halloween Stars quilt, you can get the pattern we are using (called Valiant) HERE.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla



Friday, October 14, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Star Assembly

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Today for the Halloween Stars Sew-Along, we're assembling the star portion of the blocks. I'm deviating slightly from the pattern and going to make the star portion of both the A and B Blocks today instead of completing Block A today and Block B tomorrow. But you can do it either way, your choice.

I sat down to sew and decided to assemble all the star portions of the block in one sitting while was on a roll. To sew the star units, I laid the squares, 4-patches and star point units in a 9-patch grid, and sewed across to make rows, then sewed the rows together. Easy peasy!

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Tomorrow I'll add the stripes to all the blocks.

How will you sew your blocks together? Will you follow the pattern and make all the A blocks before moving on to the B blocks or will you assemble all the star portions of the blocks, then add the stripes? Either way, we'll be finished soon!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla

P.S. We're using the Valiant Quilt Pattern for this sew along, which is available in my pattern shop HERE.




Thursday, October 13, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Small Star Points

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Today for the Halloween Stars Sew-Along, we are making the small star points and then joining them with the large star points.

The small star points use the stitch and flip technique. Just like the large star points you'll be making both right and left units.

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Tomorrow, we'll be starting the bulk of the sewing, just in time for the weekend!

Again, it's not too late to join in the fun! Get the pattern we are using for this sew-along, the Valiant quilt pattern, from my pattern shop HERE.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: Large Star Points

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

It's day 3 of the Halloween Stars Sew-Along and today we are making half square rectangles for the large star points.

The key to making HSRs is to extend the tips of the triangles past each other when sewing them together. See the red circles in the photo.

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I've included a template in the pattern to trim the half square rectangles. I just cut the template out and taped it to the corner of my ruler to use.

Place the angled line on the template on top of the HSR seam then trim the first two sides. Rotate the HSR 180 degrees, line up the edges of the template with the two trimmed sides and the angled line on the seam, and trim the remaining two sides. 

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

You'll be making both left and right HSRs for the A and B blocks of the quilt.

How are you coming on your Halloween Stars quilt? It's not too late to join this sew-along! You can get the Valiant quilt pattern by visiting my pattern shop HERE. And you really don't even have to make a Halloween quilt. Make a patriotic quilt like the pattern, or a Christmas quilt or a celestial quilt.....the possibilities are endless!

Until tomorrow, Happy Quilting!

~Sharla




Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Halloween Stars Sew-Along: 4-Patches & Stripes

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Now that we have our fabric cut, let's get started sewing for the Halloween Stars Sew-Along! Today we're going to make the 4-patches and stripes. 

Halloween Starts Sew Along Pressing Tips by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
One of the most important things to remember in these steps is to Press not Iron! To get flat, crisp, straight seams on your strip sets, remember to....

    1. Press to set the seam before opening the strip set.

    2. Open the strip set and place on the pressing surface right-side down.

    3. Finger press the seam open.

    4. Make sure seam is straight.

    5. Press seam open with iron.

    6. Spritz seam with starch.

    7. Give seam a final press.

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here's a tip for cutting the 4-Patch and Stripe segments: Make sure your strip set is straight by placing a line of your ruler over the seam of the strip set. Adjust the strip so the seam is straight and lays directly under the ruler line before cutting the segments. This will ensure your segments are square.

Halloween Stars Sew-Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love pressing to the dark side then nesting seams for that perfect match but that isn't always possible. In the Halloween Stars Sew-Along, we'll be pressing some seams open. How do you get perfectly matching seams when there's no seams to nest? Pin, Pin, Pin!

I hope these tips helps to take your quilting up a notch! See you back here tomorrow to sew the large star tips!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla

P.S. It's not too late to join in the Halloween Stars Sew-Along! We're using the Valiant quilt pattern in this sew-along and you can get it from my pattern shop HERE.