Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spangled Stars Quilt Assembly

Welcome back to the Spangled Stars QAL! The blocks are made and it's time for the assembly instructions! All that work has been building up to a fantastic quilt top! Yeah!

If you're just joining in, all of the previous block instructions can be found through the pink links below.

Quilt assembly - June 11, 2015
 Completed Quilt, Grand Parade and Prizes - July 2, 2015

There's still plenty of time to quilt along, as the completed top linky party for two grand prizes will open up next week, June 18, and will stay open until midnight June 30, giving everyone plenty of time for assembly. I'll announce the two winners on July 2, and show pictures of quilted Spangled Stars that have been sent to me. Sound good?

As for this week's winner, Mr. Random Number Generator has chosen 

Congratulations Marei! I'll send you an email for your mailing information, so be on the lookout for it.

Now grab all of those lovely blocks, and let's make a quilt top!

The assembly is quite easy, as there's very few seams to match. Essentially, it consists of alternating rows of bar/uneven 9-patch blocks, and stripe and cross/star/bar blocks. Attention is required for orientation, and what row is being assembled, but I've made available for download two pdf pictures for each size that will help. For example, one file, SS Twin View, is what the twin size looks like,

and the other file, SS Twin by Row, has the rows separated and numbered. 

The files are labelled as 'SS' (for Spangled Stars), then the quilt size (Wall, Throw, Twin, Double, Queen, King), and either 'View' or 'by Row'. Print both "View" and "by Row" for the required quilt size to use as reference in assembly. Click on the button below to go to the folder of all the files, which are arranged alphabetically. Then download and print the sizes needed.

A special note for those making a queen size. This size is the same layout as the double, but it has an extra column of bar blocks and background blocks on each side. Cut (14) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares of background fabric to set in between the bar blocks. 

Now for some of the sewing and pressing. I laid out two rows at a time, 

then stacked each row to go to the sewing machine. The first row is easy to put together, no seam matching involved. The second row does require seams to match at the blue bars.

The instructions for these three blocks has the seams pressed toward the blue bar, which means they won't nest with their neighboring blocks. Personally, I'd rather work with un-nested seams than have dark fabric shadow through my quilt. So here's how to deal with matching up those seams.

Lay the blocks right sides together, and lift up the edge of the top block at the seam to be matched, turning it back just 1/4". Line up the seams, and place a pin just before the first seam. Line up the next seam, and place a pin just before it.

By putting the pins in front, it helps eliminate the push of the top fabric by the foot, throwing off the matching. Sew the seam, and check it before moving on.

The blue bars are the only areas that need matching, which makes this top go together pretty fast. The other block to be aware of is the stripe and cross - make sure the red/white/red stripes in the middle go up and down.

Pretty easy! This is how far I've gotten with one of my twin sizes,

and I have four more rows to put together. Then it's on to sewing all of the rows.

And a word about pressing. This quilt really doesn't work well with the one row pressed right, the next row pressed left idea, because of the star points. So I'm pressing mine based around those stars, with the seams pressed out, away from the star, eliminating bulk. The seam above and below it will go the opposite direction. I'm also treating the stripe and cross block the same way as the star. Sorry no pictures - haven't done any pressing yet!!

Now, go sew! Be sure to link up the completed quilt tops next week. I'll be sending out reminders, along with pictures of mine. 

Happy Quilting!


  1. Thanks Susan! Looking forward to playing with my new thread.

  2. What a beautiful quilt, so clear and bright.

  3. I'm not seeing the blue linky icon. Your past QAL posts had it at the bottom of your note.

  4. Your quilt looks great Susan and it will be fun to see everyone else's tops. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!


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