Please post photos of your blocks here, and use this as reminder of swap partners and preferred colours!
Here are the swap partners for January.
Please post your Friendship Star photos in the album here
The block I have chosen for February is called "Starflower" and uses half square triangles (HST) again. This time you need 16 squares to complete the block so each HST needs to be 3 1/2 ins before joining. I would start with 4 inch squares and again trim them to size and square them up if necessary!
Here are the swap partners for February.
Please post your Starflower photos in the album here
This month we are moving away from "half square triangles" and having a go at "flying geese" They are used in lots of different ways, in block making (as in Winnie's heart blocks) or as pieced sashings and borders etc. We are going to make them into stars.
This month you have a choice! Go to "quilterscache.com" and look at the following patterns: Austin, Cluster of stars, Sawtooth, Square and points and Two patch star. They are all made in exactly the same way, the only difference is how you place the colours within the block!!
Here are the swap partners for March
Please post your Geese Star photos in the album here
This month we are using "Flying Geese" again. Eight pointed star 4 and Star of Virginia. Again the only difference is colour placement so make your choice and enjoy your sewing!
Here are the swap partners for April
This month we are going to make "Quarter square Triangles"(QST's) and make them into stars. 3 blocks for you to look at........
Go-Along-Star, Ohio Star and Tippeecanoe and Tyler too. All very similar so have a look and make your choice.
Again the differences are in the placement of the different colours within the block!
I am not very good at QST's so again I think I will cut them slightly oversize and trim them once each square is complete!
The swap partners for May are
Please upload your May photos to the album here.
This month we are going to make stars with different shapes of different sizes. Look at the following blocks, Solomons Star, Solitaire, Dewey's Victory and Martha Washington Star. Decide which one you are going to make and get sewing!
Here are the swap partners for June.
Please upload your June photos to the album here.
We are now halfway through this swap and so far all our blocks have been traditionally pieced ones. We have 6 blocks still to make July, August, September and October will all be foundation pieced stars! November is for you to select a different star block to make and swap and in December you will make a block for yourself!
This month the block I have chosen is "Sunny stars". Look at quilterscache, or our album below to see what it looks like. On quilterscache it is a 10in finished block, we have resized it so it now measures 12in (finished). The file is here for you to download and print, you will also need to cut 4 x 3inch squares for the corners.
Please upload your July photos to the album here.
Here are the details for August in our Astronomical swap. This month the block I have chosen is "Uneven star". If you look at quilterscache.com you will see that it is only 9 ins so once again Katy has resized it for us! The file is here for you to download and print
The centre square of your uneven star will be 4 1/2 ins square cut ( so 4 ins when completed) but because it is an uneven star you may chose any size for the corner pieces!
This block is called "uneven star" so if you wish you could "free piece" it to make it really uneven!!
Margaret and her group apologise in advance....... they don't have a meeting in August so those of you swapping with them will have to wait until after their first meeting in September! It will be worth the wait!!
Please upload your August photos to the album here.
Please upload your September photos to the album here.
This month is the last one for which I'll be giving instructions. I have chosen "Galaxy star" as our block of the month. If you look at quilterscache.com you will see that it is too small so once again Katy has resized it for us. Here is the pattern, you will see that you need 4 copies in order to make the block.
Here are the swap partners for October.
Please upload your October photos to the album here.
This month, the last in the swap, you must find your own 12 inch (finished) star block to send to your partner. You may choose any block you wish as long as it NOT one we have made already.
The final block, to complete your quilt, is one you must make for yourself in December.
Here are the swap partners for November
Please upload your November photos to the album here.
|Astronomical Friendship Swap 2015|
A star block swap open to all! By rosemary Rosenfeld
by rosemary Rosenfeld
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