When I was an ambassador for Island Batik, I shared many different quilt projects that I did for my monthly challenges. For many of them, I never took the time to write a tutorial or pattern. I am slowly going back through those quilt projects and putting together something for those of you who have asked about them.
Many of you have read my Vintage Reimagined post where I made a quilt using the Maple Star quilt block have asked me to do a tutorial. This is a tutorial for a 12-inch block and also an 18-inch block.
Download a PDF of this post from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
If you are wondering why I picked those two sizes…well…..the tutorial was just going to be for the 12-inch block but I accidentally made my half-square triangle blocks too big because I grabbed the wrong AccuQuilt GO die.
There was no sense in wasting the blocks so I just cut out larger sizes of the rest of the blocks. I have to say that the 18-inch block is big! It wouldn’t take long at all to make a quilt with a block this size.
This photo shows you the difference between a 12-inch block and an 18-inch block.
Always use a 1/4-inch seam allowance when piecing. I haven’t included yardage for the blocks as I just used the fabric in my stash. I am mixing batiks and premium muslin.
- 4 – cream 2½” squares
- 4 – cream 2½-inch x 4½-inch rectangles
- 4 – cream 2 7/8-inch squares for HST blocks
- 1 – print#1 (purple print) 4½-inch square
- 4 – print #2 (lavender) 2½-inch x 4½-inch rectangles
- 4 – print #3 (dark purple) 2½” squares
- 4 – print #3 (dark purple) 2 7/8-inch squares for HST blocks
The following diagram for the block is showing the half square triangle blocks already pieced so they are 2½-inch unfinished.
I really like the colors of the batiks in this block. Now I have to decide what I will make with the blocks and how many more I will want to make.
Many times I change the colors in a block while I have the pieces laid out on my table. I originally picked the blue center but decided the teal/purple batik looked nicer. If I wanted to do some applique or fancy quilting, then the cream center would be perfect.
A printable of this post is available in my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
18-inch quilt block
I really like how big this block is!
- 4 – cream 3½” squares
- 4 – cream 3½-inch x 6½-inch rectangles
- 4 – cream 3 7/8-inch squares for HST blocks
- 1 – print#1 (purple print) 6½-inch square
- 4 – print #2 (blue) 3½-inch x 6½-inch rectangles
- 4 – print #3 (dark purple) 3½” squares
- 4 – print #3 (dark purple) 3 7/8-inch squares for HST blocks
My granddaughter was over for the day and we spent time in my studio where she did some painting. I worked on cutting out several Maple Star quilt blocks on one side of the table and she worked on the other. It was a lot of fun!
The day before both of my granddaughters were over with their puppy Velma. She at least 6 months old but hasn’t slowed down a bit! She is too much for poor Mr. Mickey. He couldn’t wait to get back in the house by himself.
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