Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dots on Dots Blog Hop




                        Sew we quilt

 Thanks for joining me today for my contribution to Corrie's (from Quilt Taffy) and Mdm Samm's Dots on Dots Blog Hop. I hope you've been following along and enjoying yourself as much as I have. 

Thanks Corrie and Mdm. Samm for all the work you put in to organizing and preparing this blog hop. You two are awesome!

Here's a list of other bloggers who are posting today. Be sure to check them out.











Joanne 9of12 (this is me!)


So without further adoo, here's my block.  A Wonky Star!


I love this block and thought the dottie fabric would be perfect!

Have you ever made one? If not, here's a tutorial to help you create your own .

First I started with a 2 1/2" square and added 1 1/2" sashing strips.

 
 
Sew the sides on first and press to the sashing strip. 

 
Next add your top and bottom sashings. I like to have the sashing strips on the bottom close to the feed dogs. This allows me to control the seam allowance in the first seams. (I really hate it when they get sewn in the wrong direction and cause bulky seams.) I've used red thread so you could see the stitching lines. Normally I would use something more neutral. 

 
 
Press these toward the sashing strip as well and trim to 4 1/2", as needed.
 


It's time to create your wonky star points! Cut 8- 4 1/2" squares of your background fabric (white). Set aside 4 of these squares to use for the block corners. Also cut 4 - 4 1/2" squares of your star point fabric(dottie fabric).


 Cut the star point squares one time on the diagonal to create 8 triangles.

 
Stitch one triangle to the right side of each of 4 background squares, at any angle you want, but.....(there's always a but, right?)
 

Make sure that when the triangle is flipped and ironed to the correct side, it extends past the edge of the background square. I cut a small piece of heavy duty template plastic and marked 1/4" lines on both of the long edges. I use this to "audition" my angle and make sure it extends past the edge.


Check out the picture below.You don't want this to happen to you. You will have to rip out the seam and resew it. After doing that a couple of times, I decided to use the template plastic.  :-)

 
Much better!
 
 
 
Here are four triangles added at different angles. (Changing the angle of the triangles will help create the "wonkiness" of the star and make these really fun!)
 

Trim the excess background fabric, flip the star point to the right side and press the triangle out. The star points will extend past the edge of the background fabric and look pretty ragged.

 
 
Follow the same technique and add the second triangle, only this time add it to the left.
 
 
These 4 are ready for trimming! 
 

Trim background pieces and press as before.


Trim this unit to 4 1/2" square. Here's the first cut.



And the last cut.



Now you have the necessary 4 star points. Don't they look fun?


Lay out your star as follows:


Sew the pieces together to create three rows.


 Sew the rows to create your wonky star block. Trim to 12 1/2", as needed.


 I made eight of these blocks and put them together to make this small quilt (about 49" x 49"). Isn't it fun?


Here's a close up of the quilting in the center. It's the only non-wonky star in the quilt.



Now for the giveaways!
I'm feeling quite generous right now so there are three giveaways!

I'm giving away two sets of fat quarters of some dottie fabrics. Aren't these fun?


Here's what you need to do to try and win.
1) Leave a comment, any comment.
2) For a second chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment telling me you have done so. If you are already a follower, leave a comment to tell me that.

Winners will be randomly selected Saturday evening, Sept. 22nd.

But wait...
One lucky winner will receive this block, quilted and bound.


To win this block (quilted and bound), you need to leave a comment with a name suggestion for the completed quilt. My husband usually names my quilts, but he suggested we let you do it.

He will pick the winner on Saturday evening, Sept. 22nd.

 
 
Thanks for looking and wading through all of these pictures.
Enjoy the hop and have a dottie day!

187 comments:

sew.darn.quilt said...

"Star Light, Star Bright".
This quilt is absolutely spectacular. Thank you for sharing.
I'm a new follower 'cuz I like what I see. ;)

Judy B said...

Love your wonky stars quilt. Thanks for the giveaway, I like the name Heaven's not Perfect
jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Judy B said...

I am a new follower, love you stuff.

Sunshine Girl said...

Loved your block and great tutorial too and then your finished quilt was just stunning - love the quilted star in the middle. I would call it "Spot the wonky star". Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

How about Polka Wonky Stars Dance? Thanks for the give away!

Nati said...

Love the quilt and the block, would love to have it at home. I would call this quilt twinkle little star! Hope to see you around my blog on Friday for the last hop :)

Nati said...

Now commenting for the chance to win the fabric :)

Nati said...

I am a follower!

Cynthia said...

I love your little quilt! Thanks for the tutorial.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love dots. I love wonky stars. In sum - I love your dotty wonky star block!! Looks amazing!!! I am now a new follower :)

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Yay I am follower. Super block for todays hop :)

Heleen Groot said...

That looks wonderful. Thank you for the tutorial. I added you to my google reader list, so I can come back and use that tutorial. I'm thinking Christmas......

mahoo said...

Great tutorial! Well laid out, easy to follow. Thanks. Love your quilt and quilting.

mahoo said...

I'm following you with bloglovin'.

Sue said...

That is a great quilt! Love it!

Sue said...

I am a new follower.

Sue said...

How about This Little Star of Mine?

Pam said...

I love this quilt and would call it,
"Starry Nights".

Britt-Inger said...

I love your blocks and the quilt is amazing. Why not Twinkle wonky star as the name.
Thanks for sharing

Britt-Inger said...

I am now a follower
Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

charlotte said...

How about seeing stars? Love the arrangement of stars in a circle.

mtnquiltr said...

What pretty wonky stars! I love the circle layout.

mtnquiltr said...

I'd call it Star Light, Star Bright.

gpc said...

Beautiful - my head is spinning from your tutorial, can't wait to try it!

Barb said...

What a fabulous tutorial!!! Loved your star!

Fiesta said...

Great block and quilt. You make the stars look so easy.

Thearica said...

Your block is so cute! And thank you for showing the tute! That is so easy... who would have guessed! NO math! yay!

Lisa Marie said...

Love your wonky stars quilt and your dotty fabrics!

Madame Samm said...

Good morning Joanne..you have it all..perfect block, perfect tut, perfect completed project...Yep Iove it as much as you ...lol

Anita in Florida said...

Dots make me weak! Thanks for the giveaway.

Anita in Florida said...

I am a follower.

Michele said...

Love your wonky stars.

Karen M said...

Love the wonky star. Thanks for the chance to win some dotty fabric.

Karen M said...

New follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Rosa said...

Love your wonky star and fabrics choice,just beautiful quilt and I`d call it Dancing stars!

Rosa said...

I`m a new follower.Thanks for the tutorial!!

Cindy Staub said...

Your wonky stars are wonderful! Love the finished quilt, your quilting is beautiful!

Cindy Staub said...

I'm also a new happy follower :) Thank you for the chance to win!

Dorothy Thornton said...

I am a new follower

Dorothy Thornton said...

Love your wonky stars. Thanks for sharing

Mommarock said...

Oh how lovely! I really want to try those wonky stars. There are just so many different things that I want to try as a new quilter the list is SOOOOO long! I don't think I will ever get everything done.

Homemaker Honey said...

Your wonky stars are so fun!

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

JoyceLM said...

Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing your block construction tips. And thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

littlelixie said...

I'd love to win those fabrics! I'm going with "Dial-a-star" as my name for your quilt. Hope you like it!

Ellyn said...

very cute! this has been a fun hop

Laura VanVleet said...

Love your little star project!

Abbigail said...

I love wonky stars! this is the first one that I have seen with a square in the center! interesting!

krislovesfabric said...

Here's my entry Dotty Stars in a Wonky World...nice job on your project

JCnNC said...

Wonky Twinkles - love that you turned your block into a quilt. Just perfect and polka dot stars are fun. Judy C in NC

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great block! Love the contrast!

Joanne Lendaro said...

new follower, thanks for the fun!!

Pierro said...

ROSEMARY B here: I am a new follower.
Love your star and the finished product. Sweeeet, adorable color choices too. Thanks for sharing your creativity

Pierro said...

ROSEMARY B here: I am a new follower.
Love your star and the finished product. Sweeeet, adorable color choices too. Thanks for sharing your creativity

Kathy H said...

Very pretty dotty block. I like your choice of dots. Thanks for the tutorial on the wonky stars. I have wanted to make one because star blocks are my favorite but couldn't figure out how to get them uneven. Now I know. Your instructions were very clear.

Kathy H said...

I am a follower.

Pauline said...

Your wonky stars are great, thanks for the tutorial.
How about: Catch a wonky star...
(you know like in the song Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day)

StitchinByTheLake said...

A great tutorial and a cute star! I love the stars on the white background - I think I'd name it Stars All Aglow! blessings, marlene

pinsandneedles said...

What a cute mini quilt! Love the wonky stars...thanks for the tutorial!

Linda said...

What a pretty block! I love "wonky".
Great tutorial, too!

Linda said...

I'm a new follower, by the way!

giddy99 said...

Love the quilt and the block! With the center star, the quilt has movement and the wonky stars appear to orbit. I would name the quilt either In Orbit or Orbiting.

giddy99 said...

I'm a new follower! :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, how lovely. Love the simple placement/layout of the quilt and the straightline quilting - took forever didn't it!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!! Love your blocks!!! Your quilt is heavenly and that is what I would name it too!!!!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!! I am a new follower and thanks for the give a way!!!

Just Carol said...

I love your wonky star and your tutorial was just great! The whole wonky star quilt turned out beautiful. Thanks for hopping with us.

Ariane said...

I love this block!! Your quilt turned out so beautiful!!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!

Ariane said...

I'm a new follower!!!

Denise :) said...

I love this ... the wonky stars are such fun! :)

Denise :) said...

And I'm already a follower, too! :)

Laurel09 said...

Thank you for the chance to win -- I love black, red and white together -- it's classic and it's always good! And I love the circle design of your mini quilt. I am working on some wonky stars right now and hadn't decided how to put them together... I might draw inspiration from what you did here! Thanks!

Denise :) said...

After careful consideration ... "Wonky Constellation" is what I'd name it! :)

patchouli moon studio said...

I like wonky stars and other wonky things too. Nice colors too.

Des said...

I love maverick stars~! They are my favorite!

Prima Donna said...

Love your wonky stars. My name suggestion is "Square Dancing with the Stars".

Carrie P. said...

wow! great tutorial! I have added to my favorites. I will have to try this some time. Your quilt is fabulous!

Lori said...

What a very pretty quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce Carter said...

I love star blocks and your quilt is so beautiful. The quilting you did on it is amazing. I love how you arranged the stars also.Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love wonky and your stars are so great! Thanks for the tutorial!

Kim said...

Love your wonky star quilt. It looks like it's floating on the quilt. Very pretty. I am afraid I can't help you with the name. I have trouble naming my own patterns :-)

Needled Mom said...

I have always loved wonky stars and your setting of them looks fabulous! Thanks for a nice tutorial too.

Needled Mom said...

I am a new follower.

Gill said...

I love your wonky stars! How about calling the quilt 'squared stars'?

Gill said...

I'm a new follower!

Patty said...

Very pretty wonky stars. Love them.

dhia said...

very cute block, love the placement of the stars on the quilt

suemac said...

Love your wonky stars. I just finished a Wonky Circle of Stars quilt from the Very Kerry Berry QAL. Wonky stars are fun.

Phyllis said...

I really like how you did the stars. THanks for sharing the tutorial.

Phyllis said...

I am a new follower!

Phyllis said...

My name for the quilt would be
"Star Crazy"! Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda said...

My suggestion for a name is "Seeing Stars".

Connie said...

Great block and how about Just Star Wonky!!

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm a new follower!

Kathy MacKie said...

I love your great tutorial, thanks for the giveaway.

Linda said...

HI! BEAUTIFUL STAR BLOCK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA GFC!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Mimi said...

Love this wonky star block!! Thanks for a great tutorial... I think that I can try it!!

Mimi said...

I am a new follower!!

Julie C. said...

That's the cutest wonky star I've seen! Your tutorial is great - the picture of the 4 different star point angles was really helpful. I usually like everything so symmetrical, but I'm thinking my dots probably like wonky better!

rutigt said...

I have a name for your quilt: Stardancer or in swedish: Stjärndansare
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Teresa said...

Great dotty post. I like the wonky stars.

Patty D from NC said...

What a very nice quilt - love the wonky block!

Teresa said...

I read through your blog and it is certainly worth becoming a Follower.

JanesQuilting said...

I am new to your site, but now a follower. This is a beautiful star block. I love the idea of making it like this. I am all for different.

sandra said...

Love Love Love your wonky star quilt it is really stunning. Thanks for sharing and the tutorial and give away.

Shirley Tener said...

Simple Star Tonight is the name..

Shirley Tener said...

following

Shirley Tener said...

I have enjoyed Dotting with you and love what you have done with those stars, I love simple and open space on quilts. Shirley from Simplesew.blogspot.com

Barbara Woods said...

love your dot stars

Barbara Woods said...

i follow you

Barbara Woods said...

shine stars

♥Duff said...

What wonky fun you have here! And thanks for the too-easy too-torial!

♥Duff said...

A name? Hmm..
Stardom
OH my Stars
Everything Points to Wonky

BizyStitches said...

Love the way you make your stars. I'm always so concerned about matching points etc. Love it.

BizyStitches said...

I'm now a happy follower number 72, do you think that will be lucky?

BizyStitches said...

Star in the Spotlight

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely dotty stars thanks for sharing

blueberrymoon said...

This quilt is amazing!! The wonky's are stellar and I love the quilting too.......

Lesley said...

Your wonky star is terrific! Great colors! Thanks for the chance to win your dotty fabrics!

Wendy said...

I love the sashing round the centre block, it looks great!

Rebeckah Austin said...

I love the simplicity of the quilt :)

Rebeckah Austin said...

I am a new follower :)

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

Love your wonky stars!

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

I'm a follower!

Lyn said...

I really enjoyed your wonky star dits, fun!

Lyn said...

I am a follower in my GR thanks

MaryBeth said...

Really like your dotty star! Thanks for the tutorial.

MaryBeth said...

How about Dot to Dot Constellation for a name?

Lyn said...

dotty dotty star

edyB said...

Sweet wonky stars quilt!
Thanks for sharing with us!Adding you to my Google reader!

Kay said...

Thank you for the giveaway and tutorial, bein gfairly newto sewing I love a tutorial with lots of pictures. I am terrible at coming up with names apart from the obvious, so I would call the quilt Starry, Starry Night, I am sure that is a line from a cheesy song, oh well.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

edyB said...

As for naming the block:
Dotty Dancing Star!

Julie said...

Thanks for showing how those wonky stars are done. This is a great quilt!

Jeanne Gwin said...

You could call your quilt Winkin' Blinkin' Stars. Love what you have done.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I am a new follower and oh my gosh I hope I win this sweet giveaway.

Cindy said...

Love the quilt. Putting them in a circle was brilliant!

Vesuviusmama said...

I love wonky stars. What a fun little quilt!

Vesuviusmama said...

OK, my name suggestion. Keep in mind that I am visiting Quito, where the air is much thinner than I am used to, so I'm a bit lightheaded. And wonky. Assume a thick, random, woman's accent, and pretend you are talking to someone else, commenting on the quilt you see before you... "Starling, dot's a bit wonky."

Diann said...

Neat block. How about naming your quilt Dots Around the Block.

Sheila said...

Love your wonky blocks that turned into a beautiful little quilt. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Katherine said...

Super! Those wonky stars in dots are truly "Dot Heaven". Love them!


Thanks so much for sharing.

Corrie said...

Wow, very generous with your giveaway. Your blocks are fantastic. Love the overall quilt & the quilting!

Sheila said...

Wonderful wonky stars , they intrique me . I am a new follower but as for a name I am at a loss there , perhaps
Stars can Be Wonky !

Farm Quilter said...

Wonky Winter Stars! I love how your set them on a snowy white background!!!

Farm Quilter said...

I am a follower!

Catherine said...

I`m a big fan of wonky stars! Yours are great!

Catherine said...

I am a new follower.

Catherine said...

I would name your quilt "starlite". The stars seem to dance on the white background and they light the quilt with joy.

evelyn said...

I love your dotty fabrics. The quilting is lovely.

evelyn said...

I am a new follower.

MoeWest said...

You could call it Wish Upon a Wonky Star. Thanks for sharing your project and for the giveaway.

Susan said...

I am a new follower and look forward to what you are doing in the future!

Susan said...

I love Wonky Stars and yours are wonderful. I really like the plastic to make sure that the placement is correct. I am going to try this since I just recently had to unsew a bunch of block pieces that were too short to cover the block, ugh. Thanks for the great idea!

Rhonda D. said...

Love your wonky star block. Thanks
for the tutorial & giveaway!

Rhonda D. said...

I am a new follower. Glad that
I found you!

Karen said...

I love those wonky stars! Thanks for the great tutorial and for the chance to win. :)

Sewgirl said...

Nice job on the wonky star tutorial. I love it when folks so generously share their work.

Sewgirl said...

I am a follower!

Sewgirl said...

i would call the quilt "Dots All Folks" !!

LJ said...

Great quilt! I have made wonky stars - I love wonky - but your addition of the sashing in the center was wonderful - I'll try that for my next wonky star.

Name suggestion: Dots of Stars

LJ said...

I am a follower now.

Nancy Angerer said...

I have just signed up and am looking forward to seeing more of your stuff.

Nancy Angerer said...

love your Polka Wonky Star!

Susan said...

Excellent tutorial! The finished product is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Ohhhh beautiful block and the tutorial was very nice too! Thanks for sharing.

Smiles,
Kelly

Rose E. Glasses said...

Love this dot to dot blog hop. Very easy to view. Thank you for your tutorial. It was very good! Thank you.

CeLynn said...

Wow,your star quilt is awesome! How about Polka Dot Rock Star?

Quilt n Queen said...

Joanne, love your wonky block and your quilt is gorgeous. Love the white background, definitely makes the stars 'shine'. How about 'Dottie Stars Gone Wonky'. Thanks for sharing in the hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

Quilt n Queen said...

I'm a new follower, thanks for the chance...have a wonderful Wednesday, Pauline

Chris said...

Gorgeous quilt!

auntdebbiequilts said...

Love your blocks and quilt. So modern. Fantastic tutorial, too. Debbie

Suze said...

I am a new follower.

Suze said...

Name for quilt:
MAGIcal Stars

Suze said...

I love your tutorial. It looks easy to follow. Thank you for pointing out the pitfalls before I do them. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wanted to suggest a name for the quilt something about the star in the east but it kept coming out eastern star and that was just all wrong. Then I saw you live in Ohio. I grew up in WV so I was steering away from the Eastern. Thanks for sharing with us and getting your husband involved, too. My husband likes to go to the LQS with me. He has a good eye for fabric and loves to see WIP. Again, thanks for taking time to share with us.

Debuko said...

Beautiful quilt!!! Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop!

TheaM said...

love your tutorial - who knew Wonky could be sew easy?

I would call the quilt "Ring of Stars".

Leah said...

I love star blocks and this one looks spectacular in dots!

Maria Kievit said...

Title for quilt: "Stars in my universe" Love the work you've done for the block hop. Nice to see the tute, and the finished product! Thanks for sharing.

TheMugglePuggle said...

I really love your quilt! Thanks for the tutorial as well :)

TheMugglePuggle said...

I am a follower of your blog! :)

Judith said...

Love your tutorial for the dotty star! Sweet Star it is...Thanks for sharing. Judith, Texas

tink's mom said...

That is a stellar block no pun intended.

tink's mom said...

I would name your quilt, which by the way is wonderful, "Winkle Winkle Wonky Star"

Bobbie said...

Thank you for the tip! I made wonky stars for my day too and have had to rip out quite a few. when I work on them tonight I will be making a template like yours!!
delightful dotty stars

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Wonderful quilt and tutorial... thanks so much!
Generous give-away. Thanks for the chance.
Great hopping along with you!

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

I'm a new follower to your blog, too.