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Twinkle, Twinkle

“Twinkle, Twinkle”, a quilt featuring 3″ Sawtooth Star blocks designed by Jo Morton appeared in the June 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (page 38). I fell in love with those little stars!

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The instructions include traditional sewing techniques AND an alternative method of making the Flying Geese units using foundation piecing.  I chose to use foundation piecing to make my star blocks.

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Click on the “Download this Project” icon at AllPeopleQuilt.com. Page 5 of the download includes 16 Flying Geese patterns.

Use your foundation material of choice to print off the number of pages you need. Make sure your printer page scaling is set to “NONE”. Measure the box on the page to make sure it is 1″.  If it doesn’t, you won’t have 3″ finished blocks.

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I used papers made by That Patchwork Place.

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When making small blocks, use small prints. Although it looks like these two prints make a nice combo, when cut and pieced, the tan in the red print blends into the tan of the background print and you loose the star points.

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A better choice.

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The Flying Geese units before trimming.

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The back side before trimming.

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When making small blocks, I use this trio of tools, a 28 mm Olfa cutter, 6×8-1/2” Omnigrid mat, and a 2½” Olfa ruler.

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The contrast in light and dark and small scale print make this a good combo.

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Fabrics are from the Stafford County collection by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.

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