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Thread: Boston Star Hotpad -Lesson two - The Quilt Block Top

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    Smile Boston Star Hotpad -Lesson two - The Quilt Block Top

    Today we are going to assemble the Quilt Block Top for your hotpad.

    In the last lesson you learned to make my Boston Blocks.

    Now you need to cut the plain blocks:

    1 med 2 1/2" square
    4 light 2 1/2" squares

    Here is the layout for the Boston Star Quilt Block:

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    You can sew them into rows and then sew the rows together if you like.
    But I like to sew them into sets of 2 and then assemble the sections.

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    My unfinished quilt block is 6 1/2"
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    When I sew seams together I like to use a tack.
    This is just a stitch across where the seams meet.
    I think it is more secure than pins.

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    When you have your quilt block assembled
    You can stop there if you like the size or
    You can add borders to make the quilt block larger and
    to give it a finished look.

    I cut my borders abit larger than I think I need.

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    Then I cut down to the size I want.
    I use a 6 1/2" quilt block and then I add
    borders to get to 8 1/2" unfinished size.

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    Here are some ideas for quilt blocks using my Boston Block shortcut.
    I usually design using 6 blocks across by 6 rows or 36 blocks.
    To get the 6 1/2" size I use a 1 1/2" template.

    If you like the designs but don't want to use a 1 1/2" template you can use a 2 1/2" template and make the quilt blocks 12 1/2" for a quilt. Or use them to make a tote bag or pillow etc.
    You can use any size template and make a larger quilt block if you like. It is all up to you!

    This is one of my original designs

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    If you look at the layout this quilt block is made with Bostons and HSTs
    Easy to do but looks complicated.

    To see more of them check out this thread:
    Rhonda's Sampler Quilt Along - Boston Blocks

    You also can use the Boston Block to make some traditional quilt blocks.
    Here is my version of a Card Trick quilt block made with my Bostons
    Rhonda's Version of Card Trick Quilt Block

    The cut down method allows you to make intricate looking quilt blocks with easy steps!!

    Once you know the trick you can see it isn't hard to make at all. They just look hard!!

    Hope you enjoy the process!! Rhonda

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    Feel free to post a pic of your quilt block if you would like to share!!

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    Rhonda, this ole sewer is going to try the tack method you use. :-) It should make life easier and I'm not too old to learn something..... Thanks!

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    I made my square, but I do not know how to post a picture of it. I am enjoying the tutorial.

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    I'm trying again to attach a picture of my hotpad--hope it works
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIA View Post
    I made my square, but I do not know how to post a picture of it. I am enjoying the tutorial.
    Click on Reply to Thread

    Then click on
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    - manage attachments - you might have to scroll down abit to find it
    - Browse -find your pic in your pc file
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIA View Post
    I'm trying again to attach a picture of my hotpad--hope it works
    You did a wonderful job! Love your prints and colors

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    Rhonda I just love your methods of just not worring about being accurate and ending up with a perfect block.lol
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawsonmugs View Post
    Rhonda I just love your methods of just not worring about being accurate and ending up with a perfect block.lol
    thanks L that is the whole idea! No muss no fuss just a great quilt block!

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