Newbie Jen PRO 6:32pm, 24 October 2014
Forgive me, anyone who isn't interested, for posting this as a thread. I am having trouble formatting these instructions/pictures in Word and wanted to get them out to you ASAP. Let's see if this works...

Ashley's Star by Newbie Jen


For the Ashley's Star, you will need:
In White/Cream/or Low volume
- One 4.5 inch square for the center
- Four 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles for Flying Geese
- Four 3 inch squares for HST's
- Four 2.5 inch squares
In Navy
- Sixteen 2.5 inch squares, Twelve marked on the diagonal
In Aqua/Mint
- Eight 2.5 inch squares marked on diagonal
- Four 3 inch squares for HST's
In Gray
- Four 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles for Flying Geese

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Step One: Make the HST's using the Four 3 inch white squares and the Four 3 inch aqua squares
- choose one white square and one aqua square
- place Right sides together
- draw a pencil line across the diagonal on the wrong side of one square (please note in my pics, I like to draw lines 1/4 inch from diagonal as my sew lines)
- sew 1/4 inch from both sides of the line
- cut on pencil line and open to reveal HST
- press seams open**
- Trim HST to 2.5 inches square
- repeat for remaining white and aqua 3 inch squares. You should have 8 total white and aqua HST's when complete (yes, the pics below show a navy & white HST, yours will be aqua and white).

Making HST's by Newbie Jen



Step Two: Make Flying Geese
- Pair one white 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle and one 2.5 inch aqua square (marked on diagonal), place square in the corner of the rectangle, aligning edges
- Sew along marked line
- Trim 1/4 inch from sewn line
- open and press seams open
- Align another 2.5 inch aqua square in the other corner as shown in the photo
- sew along marked line
- trim 1/4 inch from sewn line
- open and press seams open
- repeat for remaining white rectangles and aqua squares
- repeat process with Gray rectangles and Eight navy 2.5 inch squares
- You will have 4 white and aqua flying geese and 4 gray and navy flying geese total.

Making Flying Geese by Newbie Jen


Step Three: Making the center using One 4.5 inch white square and Four 2.5 inch navy squares
- Align 2 navy squares with diagonals as shown in photo, in opposing corners of white square
- sew along diagonal lines
- trim 1/4 inch from sewn lines
- open, press seams open
- align 2 more navy squares on the other two opposing corners of the white square as shown
- sew along diagonal lines
- trim 1/4 inch from sewn lines
- open and press seams open

Making Center units by Newbie Jen


Step Four: Assembling the block using HST's, flying geese, center unit and remaining Four 2.5 inch navy squares and Four 2.5 inch white squares
- lay out block as shown
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- sew units together
- press seams open

Ashley's Star by Newbie Jen


You are finished! Your block should measure 12.5 inches.

**Yes, I did ask for seams to be pressed open. I made my first block with seams pressed to the dark, but they got rather bulky when assembling the final block. I was also much more accurate when I pressed my seams open. BUT.....if the thought of pressing open drives you to drink or has you running for the mental ward, then just press how you are comfortable. I will manage just fine and don't want you troubled. :)

Here is another block

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And how they might start looking with my alternate blocks mixed in...

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Please let me know if you have any trouble with these instructions (I am not a professional pattern writer....yet).

If I can figure out the formatting, I will attempt to email the instructions too.

Thanks so much everyone!

Jen
duveltsje Posted 4 years ago. Edited by duveltsje (member) 4 years ago
Oh wow I love the drama of the aqua / turquoise with navy and grey. Going to have to get some grey modern print since i am very low on grey. Low as in pretty non-existant. Thank you for giving me an excuse to get some new fabric! ( I am going to a workshop tuesday so thank you for the wonderful timing too!)

Smart idea to post it here. Maybe that;s a good idea for all of us. That way we each have a topic where all questions about our blocks can be posted and answered and read. Instead of emails getting lost with the rest of the emails and having to search for them.
duveltsje:
an other excuse to go shopping :D lucky duck

I just have one question if we can go scrappy or if you want us just to use three different fabrics for the aqua, blue and grey. I think the LV is ok to be different fabrics.
Cloudberry Quilting PRO 4 years ago
Lovely instructions and great idea to have them centrally located! We can share in the questions and see the answers too. Love this palette and combo, Jen!
Newbie Jen PRO 4 years ago
mail from the cheeky monkey:

I was hoping that you could just use 3 different fabrics for the aqua, blue and grey. The background could be mixed up a bit if needed.
duveltsje 4 years ago
I have some lovely aqua and marine and background fabric for your block. The marine that i like most has scattered red dots in it. It is the fabric i have used for my chickenquilt. quiltenzootjes.blogspot.nl/2013/08/mooi-rood-is-niet-leli... do you mind the red and would you prefer another fabric or can i use it? I have other marine fabric so its no problem choosing another. The reason why i like this one though is because it is the darkest i have. Looking forward to the grey-hunt ... can you believe i only have 1 tiny piece of modern grey fabric????
Laurie L5 4 years ago
Great block and I think this is a great way to give everyone the information, instructions on our blocks. I say we all use this format. Questions and comments can be easily accessed. Good thinking Jen.
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mammafairy 4 years ago
Ok, I tried to find your 'other block' and failed... I am now wondering, do you want us just tyo make the block you give details for, or do you want some of the other block as well??
I love this block, but got distracted...all your fault! I have just spent quite some fun time browsing your tutorials... What fun! Love your approach to stuff... still trying to get the FMQ courage up to scratch... I think I may get somewhere with the help of your tutes... amd of course some actual free time to get up to speed!
mammafairy:
Think we agreed on only one block. Looks like you want to make two for everyone so you can sent one and make an other top for yourself :)

We are looking for a FMQ along and if you find something we might do it together? I need to get started one day so no excuses any more!!!
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mail from the cheeky monkey:

I will do some FMQ today or tomorrow evening so we could chat :-)
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mammafairy 4 years ago
Confessions of a fabraholic:

mail from the cheeky monkey:

no, I was wondering if she was giving us a choice of which of the blocks to make...

Yes, FMQ along might be good... Cindy ( Fluffy sheep) did one a couple of years ago, which got me started.. but I was not good at keeping it up!

Maybe we could organise something AFTER we have done our geese?? What do you think May? Annaliese??
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mammafairy:

Yes of course! I'll check with Cindy how she did it.
mammafairy: Kathinca is looking as well. I never did FMQ so I need to get an introduction first and a slow start. I thought I might use the blocks I made extra to use them up and make a quilt ... one day
Newbie Jen PRO 4 years ago
duveltsje:

If possible, please use a marine without red. However, if that is all you have, then use it. We are supposed to be using our stashes as much as possible, and I can certainly understand wanting to use what we have!
Newbie Jen PRO 4 years ago
mammafairy:

Please make a block from the instructions above. My design has an alternate block for the final quilt, which I wanted to show you to give you an idea of the final project. But, since we are only supposed to be making one block for each person, I am asking you to make the more difficult of the 2 blocks in the design.

I hope that makes sense.

If anyone wants instructions to the alternate block, I can certainly provide them!!
duveltsje Posted 4 years ago. Edited by duveltsje (member) 4 years ago
Newbie Jen:

It is the darkest marine fabric i have the other fabrics go more towards dark blue / blue. I will see with the grey i get and see if there is a pretty alternative. It is not a "popping out red" it is just there and doesn't really catch the eye if you know what i mean. I am really thinking outside of my box on your block it is fun :D

If someone would offer to make an extra block for you i wouldn't say no if i were you Jen *wink*. I just think that 1 block would be sufficient because it should be an easy fit in our usual quilty-stuff and other goings on. But you are free to make someone more blocks if you like. Just ask them if they would like that and they can make you an extra block too.
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mammafairy 4 years ago
I have made a couple for you, Jen... all I have to do now is to post them...
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