January 14 - Cutting Post
January 21 - Goose in the Corner and Half Square Triangles
January 28 - Flying Geese
February 4 - Building Blocks - At least 2
February 11 - Finish Blocks and Sashing
February 18 - Baste it, Quilt it, Bind It
March 4 - Starburst Parade and Grand Prizes
So here we are at January 14th and this weeks assignment is cutting your fabric!! Now I was hoping to show you lots of fun pictures of my new fabric that I will be using, but there was a bit of a post office mishap and my fabric is a little stuck in transit. (But I should be able to track it down today.) So, for the mean time, I will just show you some fun random fabric pictures :)
THIS WEEKS ASSIGNMENT - CUTTING
Now, before you just jump on into cutting, you have to make some decisions. This is going to determine the layout of your quilt. So, I am going to show you the way I decide a layout. With that said, there are a million ways to do your layout so don't feel like you need to do it this way, it is just a help in getting started :) If you have already done this, feel free to skip down to the cutting directions :)
Start by laying your 12 fat quarters out so you can see all of those pretty fabrics.
Now I like to get an equal balance of tones so I like to separate my fabrics into 3 groups, that each have 4 prints and I separate them by lightest tones, medium tones, and darkest tones.
Lastly, you need to decide which fabric in each grouping will be for which part of the Starburst. The Starburst consists of a Center Star, Star Surround and Burst Points. I find it easiest to label each and then take a photo to refer to when I start cutting everything up, if you don't like referring to photos, just write your groupings and fabric assignments down somewhere to refer to :) For this fabric, I decided that I wanted my dark prints to all be the center star, so they really pop :) Then I decided, I wanted the 2 medium grey's to be burst points, but I labeled them 1 and 4 so that they would be opposite each other in the quilt layout. From there, I figured the other 2 burst points could be done in the lights to contrast. Once you start making a few decisions the rest just falls into place.
So, now that you have your decisions all made, you are ready to cut :) Now, I promise to add some more photos here soon, so if you are nervous about cutting from a chart, just wait a day or 2. I just didn't want to cut into these fabrics as my intended fabrics are stuck at the post office ;)
EDIT - My fabrics finally arrived and these are my groupings ;)
Oh, and if you are having trouble seeing the chart, just click on it, and it will come up larger ;)
Cut your fabrics according to the chart above. Remember to refer to the column of the size quilt you want to make :) And remember, press your fabric before cutting to aid in accurate cutting.
EDIT - I just found out that the post office managed to send my fabric package back instead of holding onto it. So I have gone ahead and made some cutting diagrams as I won't have my fabric until later this week. The blue is the 24" blocks, the pink is the 32" blocks and the green is the 40" blocks. I hope these help and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me!!
Start with cutting the four fat quarters that you have set aside for Burst Points. From each of the 4 fat quarters cut according to the following diagrams. With all of your cutting, the leftover scraps can be set aside for a scrappy binding or can but used for another project.
And now, you have simply to cut your background yardage :) Once again, you will need to refer to column of your size quilt to know what sizes you need to cut. Be sure you cut the designated quantity for each line.
The Weekly Prizes are sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and a huge thanks goes to them for their support of the Starburst Quilt-A-Long.
This weeks prize is a Salt Water Charm Pack by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics
So what do you have to do for a chance to win this beautiful Charm Pack?? Simple . . . Just link up your fabrics all cut up at the end of this post :) You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever. Just make sure to link up by next Monday morning as I will be announcing a winner at the beginning of next weeks post :)
If you don't get your cutting done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long. So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!! Just link up when you can :)
And Don't forget to add your beautiful cut up fabric to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!! I am so excited to see all of your beautiful groupings ;)
So let's get cutting!!! And if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Happy Quilting Day!!