THE STAR’S 2013 QUILT PROJECT

Block 1: It’s a gem of a quilt

Our sparkly block-of-the-month project finds a home in H+H.

Updated: 2013-01-20T03:26:11Z

By BERNADETTE KENT

Special to The Star

A new year means a new Kansas City Star quilt. This new year also brings a new home in the newspaper for the block of the month. Look for new blocks the third Sunday of each month here in the H+H section.

The 2013 quilt has a jewel theme and is called, appropriately, “Rubies, Diamonds, Garnets, Too …” It was designed by Bernadette Kent of Calgary, Alberta. Kent also stitched the finished quilt you see on this page. It was quilted by Laura McDonald, also of Calgary.

Kent has been quilting for 23 years. In 1999, she opened a small quilt shop called Traditional Pastimes in Calgary, and within three years, her store was named one of the Top 10 Shops by American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Kent has been designing quilts, bags and miniatures since 2001.

The finished “Rubies” quilt is 68 inches square.

This is a block-of-the-month project designed to use a wide variety of scrap cream fabrics and red fabrics. The quilt as shown features creamy to white fabrics with dots, checks, ditzies, florals, shirtings and plaids for the backgrounds.

The reds also run the gamut. Kent’s rule of thumb is that the fabric has to read as a red. She did not use solids or batiks, preferring instead a variety of small- and medium-sized prints “so one would look closer and enjoy the individuality of the fabric.”

The quilt actually has 13 blocks, so one month down the road we’ll feature two blocks.

Today, Block 1: “Facet.”

A facet is a flat face on a geometric shape. Gemstones have many facets cut into them to improve their appearance. They allow the light to reflect and give a “sparkly” look to the stone. Gem cutters strive for an ideal facet cutting that displays a pleasing brilliance; strong, colorful dispersion (or “fire”); and brightly colored flashes of reflected light that are called “scintillations.”

Like people, gemstones have natural flaws. Gem cutters try to remove or disguise the flaws when cutting the facets.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE QUILT

7 yards white fabric made up of:

4 1⁄8 yards of a variety of white prints for blocks

2⁄3 yard for center medallion: Fabric 3 (Cupid’s Dart)

1 1⁄2 yards for sashing strip triangles

2⁄3 yard for posts

7 yards red fabric made up of:

4 1⁄8 yards of a variety of red prints for blocks

1 1⁄2 yards for sashing strip triangles

1 1⁄8 yards for sashing strips

1⁄4 yard for posts

5⁄8 yard white print for binding

4 1⁄4 yards for backing

TERMINOLOGY

WOF = width of fabric

HST = half-square triangle

BLOCK 1: ‘FACET’

Block size: 12 1/2 inches unfinished

Notes: Please read all instructions carefully before you begin.

We recommend you pre-wash all the fabrics in the project, separating the whites from the reds. When washing the reds, treat them with a colorfast solution such as Retayne. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

This pattern is designed for 1/4-inch seams.

QUILT SUPPLY LIST

Optional: 1 1⁄2 inches triangle paper for a total of 864 half-square triangles

404 Spray & Fix

Retayne (see notes in Block 1 instructions)

BLOCK 1 FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

Fabric 1: 6 inches by 14 inches, small red print

Fabric 2: 5 inch square, white on white print 1

Fabric 3: 5 inch square, 50/50 print (half red, half white)

Fabric 4: 5 inches by 9 inches, white on white print 2

Fabric 5: 8 inch square, white background with red print

Fabric 6: 8 inch square, red background with white print

CUTTING AND CONSTRUCTION

The letter and number in parentheses, such as (A1), denote the shape and fabric used in each block. The letter designates the piece. The number designates the fabric. For best results, lay out all the pieces you’ve cut according to the diagram before you sew.

Fabric 1: (A1) 1 (4 3/4-inch) square.

( B1) 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares: Cut in half once diagonally to make four triangles.

Fabric 2: (B2) 1 (3 7/8-inch) square: Cut in half once diagonally to make two triangles.

Fabric 3: (B3) 1 (3 7/8-inch) square: Cut in half once diagonally to make two triangles.

Fabric 4: (B4) 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares:- Cut in half once diagonally to make four triangles.

Fabric 5: (C5) 1 (7 1/4-inch) square: Cut in half twice diagonally to make four triangles.

Fabric 6: (C6) 1 (7 1/4-inch) square: Cut in half twice diagonally to make four triangles.

1. Sew two B2 triangles to opposite sides of the A1 square. Then sew two B3 triangles to the other side of the square. At this point the block should measure 6 1/2 inches. See Fig. 1.

2. Sew a B1 triangle and a B4 triangle together. Make four of these B1/B4 units. See Fig. 2.

3. Sew a B1/B4 unit to opposite sides of the block. Sew the remaining B1/B4 units to the other sides of the block. At this point, the block should measure 9 inches. See Fig. 3.

4. Sew a C5 triangle and a C6 triangle together. Make sure that the red fabric is on the left and the white fabric is on the right. Make four. See Fig. 4.

5. Sew a C5/C6 unit to opposite sides of the block. Sew the remaining two C5/C6 units to the other side of the block. The block should measure 12 1/2 inches. See Fig. 5. 

Look for Block 2 here in H+H on Feb. 17.

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