Hi there!  How was your weekend?  We had a quiet family weekend, which was perfect after the last week of travel, and getting readjusted to life at home again.  I’m thinking about school starting again and working out schedules for me and the kids!  Two and a half weeks before we start back up again – sniff, sniff – I’ve really enjoyed our relaxed summer.


This is our last week of blocks!  I’m so excited to see these quilts come together – I hope you are too!

Our first block this week is a classic star – Aunt Eliza’s Star:

Here’s what you need:

In white/solid –

4 – 4 1/2″ squares

2 – 5 1/2″ squares

In print –

1 – 4 1/2″ square

2 – 5 1/2″ squares

Set aside the smaller squares for a few minutes, we are making hourglass blocks.  Draw your diagonal, sew on both sides – just like we’ve been doing for weeks now, you’re a pro!

Cut on the drawn line, then the opposite diagonal again.  Press your pieces and sew hourglass blocks.

Your center mark for trimming is 2 1/4″, trim all four then lay out in block formation with the pieces you set aside earlier.

Sew your rows together.

Sew the rows into a complete block!

Last block is Mosaic Number 22:

Pretty, right?  I love this one.

Here’s what you need:

8 – 4″ squares from both a solid, and print.

Get your HST groove on!  I hope these are coming pretty easy for most of you now.

Press and trim HST’s to 3 1/2″, then layout in block formation.  This one can be tricky!

Sew your rows together.

Sew your rows together to complete your block!

Here’s all my blocks together –

I just noticed my last block in the corner, is sideways…oh, well!  I’m loving how these all look together.  A few of you have mentioned that your blocks vary in size a bit.  My general rule of thumb is if it’s within a quarter of an inch, I make it work.  Fabric is very forgiving!  Press your blocks nice and flat, then measure each one.  Maybe write down each size so that you can keep track, or stack in piles of same size.  If your smallest block is 12″, you can either add to it to make it 12 1/2″ or just trim ALL of your blocks to 12″ so that they are easy to work with.

I have a 12 1/2″ ruler that makes all of this simple, using 2 rulers that add up to 12″, 12 1/4″ or 12 1/2″ to carefully measure and trim.  Please, please be sure to press your blocks prior to trimming!  I don’t want you to mess any of your hard work up!

**After you make your blocks, post about them on your blog (or flickr), then post a link.  Please post a permalink, do this by clicking on the title of your post, and copy that url, then paste it in the linky.  Thanks!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy quilting!