• Making a Mouse Pad with the Star Point Block

    Making a Mouse Pad

    with the Star Point Block
    By Rhonda Woodsmall

    Mouse Pad 8" x 8" finished

    This tutorial is an introduction to my Star Point Block.

    You can find an in-depth explanation together with sample projects and designs in my Star Point Blocks e-book.

    And yes you can run the mouse over this pad with no problems!!

    This tutorial focuses on how to make the block. In my upcoming Ebook you will find more information on using this block in a lot more of my original designs. 6 more projects are included in the Ebook with lots of pictures so you can use the Star Point Block in more designs than I can show here. I am almost always available for answering questions or just chatting about quilting! Just let me know if I can help!

    You will need:

    - Basic sewing supplies.
    - Fat eighth to fat quarter of each color.
    - Or use scraps - you will need a piece large enough for the back fabric.
    - Ruler with a 30 degree mark and a 2 1/2" template.
    - 1 layer of med to thin batting about 8 1/2" square.
    - I use traditional from Fairfield Co.

    Making the Star Point Blocks

    OK, now lets start making a Star Point Block.

    1. Cut swatches (pieces of fabric).

    2. Sew two together-one dark and one med.

    3 Cut a 30 degree angle on the med swatch.

    4. Sew on the other dark swatch.

    5. Lay on cutting mat and cut out a square with a template.

    You will need to make 4 each of these -- paying attention to where the colors (light/med/dark) go in each block.

    Cut swatches, Sew two together

    Use ruler to cut a 30-degree angle

    30 degree angle cut, Third swatch added, All three swatches sewn together

    Use the lines on the template to center the point, You need to have a 1/2" seam allowance Between the corner and the point

    Template on the swatches, Recycle the leftovers, Star Point Block

    Making the Pieced top

    After you have all of your blocks made just lay them out as you see in the layout picture below. Sew blocks together into rows and then sew the rows together.

    Quilt block, Layout

    Making the Mouse Pad

    Lay your pieced top face down onto the backing fabric. Pin in place. Lay it on a cutting mat and trim the back to match the top.

    Lay your pinned fabric(pieced top goes in the middle) onto the batting. You will have to remove the pins and replace them on the backing which should be on top of your sandwich.

    Trim the batting even with the pieced top.

    Top on back fabric, Batting

    One edge, Sew edge

    Sew around the edge

    On one edge fold the back fabric back out of the way and sew along one edge to sew(basting) the top to the batting - This will catch the seams and keep them from fraying when you turn the pad right side out. Fold the back fabric back in place and repin.

    Make sure you start on the edge you just basted.

    Starting at the bottom sew around the edge until you get back to the bottom and leave a 2" opening to turn the pad with.

    Now turn the pad right side out and poke the corners out. Iron.

    Repin across the whole pad to quilt this pad down.

    Turn right side out and pin

    Closing the opening

    Finished seam & quilted

    I put the bottom right corner of the pad under the machine needle and put the needle down. Hold the left corner and pull it taut. Use your small scissors or a turning tool and push and straighten the opening until it is even with the rest of the edge. If you hold it taut this helps pull the opening into line and you can continue to sew over it as you do make sure you use your scissors to keep the fabric of the opening in place so it doesn't move.

    Now continue to sew a seam around the edge until you get back to the bottom.

    Quilting your Mouse Pad - Optional

    Quilt in the Ditch

    You can quilt your mouse pad or leave it as is. I quilt in the ditch because that is the extent of my quilting skills!! Just sew close to or on the seams. I choose which seams I want to highlight and which ones I don't want to sew over. I may not want the thread to show there.

    Invisible Tie

    I sometimes use what I call an invisible tie. I use regular thread(not yarn) and needle and starting on the backside I run the needle up through the fabric. Then go back down through the fabric but make sure the needle is not going through in exactly the same place it came up or it will just pull out. I go down just off a little from where I came up and then do this several times. End with your needle on the back side and I clip the threads really close to the fabric. If you sew through several times it will cross over itself enough to hold the tie in place without having to leave a long tail. 3 or 4 times should work.

    If you match your thread to the fabric this will help to hide the tie. So you get an invisible tie!

    I have a lap size quilt I made this way several years ago and it is still just fine.

    Iron it flat. I like to spray with Magic Sizing because it makes it lay flat and gives it a little stiffness when it dries. This is up to you however.

    Now you have a finished Mouse Pad!

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    About the author:

    Rhonda has been a quilter for 30 years. She writes tutorials for the Quilted Paradise Newsletter and is a member of the Quilting Message Board. She offers templates in hard-to-find sizes that will help you make beautiful miniatures or full-size quilt blocks. She authored the following e-books: Playing with Boston Blocks, Dresden Kaleidoscopes, Star Point Blocks, The Wings Block. Be sure to check them out, you won't be disappointed.
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