Welcome to my weekly check in post for my Happy Quilting's Star Surround QAL! I will be sure to post my weekly progress here so please come back to see how it's going! If you don't know yet, I am making my quilt a giant size block at 64" square! I give all the cutting details below!
You can read all about it here:
Happy Quilting Star Surround QAL - INTRO
Happy Quilting Star Surround - Cutting
My Fabric Relish's Fabric and Declaration Post
Well, after realizing I didn't have big enough pieces to do the 40" 3x3 lay out I was intending I had to rethink all of my lofty plans. 1) I didn't have the heart to cut up the sweet bird prints that made me fall in love with this bundle. 2) I couldn't let go of my Hand Drawn Garden choice but I also didn't want to buy any more. 3) I didn't want to make a baby size quilt (don't need a baby quilt) or make 16 blocks (that's a lot of cutting a piecing!). So......I thunk and thunk and thunk....then I did some math...gasp....and then made a plan!
I'm making a GIANT star surround block! Yeah, A GIANT size block! The biggest block Melissa (not me) has configured is a 46 incher. I'm going up two more sizes to 64! It didn't take long to do the math for the bigger size. I've been eyeing those big giant block quilts like the one Jeni Baker at In Color Order has a tutorial for and then Amy Smart's version at Diary of a Quilter here. So I thought...two birds one stone!
If you are interested in going GIANT, then here is the math for ya (on the picture) but be sure to read below since there is a minor correction! Keep in mind that I'm using a fat quarter bundle to make my block. I am also doing it scrappy scrappy. Not just scrappy like the examples Melissa gives, but scrappy scrappy!
UPDATE! You need to cut 10 not 8 for the 9x9 print blocks on the bottom right. I REPEAT, you need to cut 10 not 8 for the 9x9 print blocks on the bottom right. It's really hard to do all the math correctly when you go rouge. Sorry!
You will need 2 yards for the background fabric...be careful when cutting since it's just enough!
And as you can also see, I went with a charcoal grey for background. I hope I made a good decision with both the background and the GIANT-NESS!