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Stars from a Square in a Square

Those of you who subscribe to the monthly Maxie Makes boxes (Maxie Makes website) will be familiar with the Sawtooth Stars like the ones in this quilt:

Blue and cheddar
Blueberries and Cheddar – about 44″ square

These 4″ finished stars are made easily by starting with my quick and accurate method for making a square in a square block. In Blueberries and Cheddar I switched it up a bit by swapping the various parts of the stars around so that I have all light backgrounds and different colored centers than the star points.

By the way – the Goose is Loose border is also in the “wait…what?” book. Clear instructions and multiple sizes are offered.

When making these stars using my square in a square method, you end up with mirror image units which I used to make this little quilt:

blue and cheddar mirror image
Olde Blue Calicoes – about 33″ square

I set the mirror image stars in a circle of nine setting plus one in each corner. I don’t know why they call it a Circle of Nine – it’s really a circle of eight with one in the middle.

By adding another border or two this could be used as the backing for Blueberries and Cheddar. Or they could be made into pot holders, a table runner, pillows, the decorative cuff on a pillow case, any number of things. The bottom line is this: the square in a square technique used to make the stars is so fast and accurate that having the mirror image stars is a small price to pay for your time.

Just one more picture. I want you to see that even little tiny stars are extremely fast and accurate using the instructions in the “wait…what?” book.

tiny stars from sns

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Well, with a bit of help from my pal Norma, the information for the three classes in Vicksburg is posted! I owe her. I owe her bigtime!  I have more stuff to post on other classes but this is a good start. I’ll also be working on some tutorials so stay tuned – I only have 2 hands and 24 hours in a day! The trouble is – there are so many ideas! So many ideas, so little time. The quilters’ whine, or wine as the case may be.

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Here we go again…

Ten months later – trying again! I’ve got to get this up and running before June 1. There are bound to be glitches and errors but I will win! I’ve added a page for Lectures and Workshops. Now I’ve got to figure out how to link to yardage charts and pre-class cutting instructions. Maybe by the end of the week? Oh wait – today is Thursday already. Time flies when you’re having fun. Expect more of this uncertainty, ladies. But I’ll get it sooner or later!

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ya gotta start somewhere!

In order to keep up with the times and keep up with you all, I’m going to try blogging – again. The goal is to post something once a month or so about what’s going on in the wonderful world of quilting and to post tutorials along the way. The first step is to get this up and running and to make sure it’s user friendly. I have not yet decided whether or not it is “post-er” friendly. We shall see. Most of the gals I know follow lots of different blogs. Here’s hoping I don’t get lost in your shuffle.