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Crazy Stars

Discover the "crazy" way of making stars-no precise matching points and no paper piecing. Just layer fat quarters, cut through all of them at once, and shuffle the deck to easily create stunning stars. The crazy-pieced stars in this quilt are a combination of Marie Osmond's Blanc et Noir Fashion prints for Quilting Treasures set off with fuchsia tone-on-tones.

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Cut and Prepare Block Pieces


Click on "Download this Project" to download the Cutting Template. To make a full-size Cutting Template, overlap shaded areas and tape together.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over full-size Cutting Template. Use a pencil to trace template, tracing all lines, letters, numbers, and dots. Trim freezer-paper Cutting Template roughly 1/2" beyond outside drawn square (Photo 1).

2. Stack the 13 assorted floral, print, and tone-on-tone 12" squares, right sides up, aligning edges. There should be contrast between adjacent squares because in the completed project each print will be in a block with the prints above and below it. There also must be contrast between the first and last fabrics in the stack. Note: Twelve squares will make twelve blocks, but quiltmaker Laura Boehnke added an extra fabric square to ensure variety and contrast in her finished blocks.

3. Position freezer-paper Cutting Template, shiny side down, on stacked squares. Using a hot, dry iron, press template onto top square (Photo 2); let cool.

4. Using a large, sharp rotary cutter with cutting mat and acrylic ruler, press firmly on stack and cut through freezer-paper template and all squares on outside drawn square.

5. Beginning with section C and working backward, cut template and stacked squares apart on lines separating sections A, B, and C. Then cut on remaining lines to separate each section into three stacks each (Photo 3).

6. Remove freezer-paper from stacked fabric pieces. Shuffle top fabric piece from A2, B2, B3, C2, and C3 to bottom of their respective stacks (Photo 4).

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