by Jenna Barber
Create a quilt top card front.
- Grid paper
- Paper cutter, or 3/4" square punch
- Two different types of Patterned paper
- Three pieces of different colored cardstock
- Double-sided tape or glue
Take two pieces of patterned paper and three sheets of cardstock and cut one strip from each of them. The strips should measure 5 3/4" x 3/4".
Cut the 5 3/4" x 3/4" strips into 3/4" squares.
If you have a 3/4" square punch, punch eight squares from each paper.
You should have 40 squares cut, however you will not need all 40. So don't worry if you are short.
You can use this diagram as a reference at any time.
Now that you have decided where your squares will go, let's get them organized a bit!
Starting with the patterned paper which will be the four corners of the outer quilt, count out 8 squares. Four of them are for the four corners of the outer quilt, and four of them are for the inner corners of the quilt.
• Now, choose the paper for the outer points of the star. Count out 4 squares and put them to the side.
• Next, decide which paper you will use for the points of the star. Then count out 5 of those squares and set those to the side.
• Once you have chosen the color for your inner star, count out 4 squares and put them to the side.
• Now you should have a total of 25 squares for your quilt.
Take all 4 of the 5 squares you set aside for the points of the star and cut those 4 squares in half, leaving one whole square remaining.
Take the 4 squares set aside for the outer points of the star, and cut all 4 in half.
To begin making the quilt - take 1 of the 8 squares you chose for the outer and inner corners of the quilt, add adhesive and glue them down onto the grid paper, keeping it as straight as possible
This is what it should look like.
Now you will use the half square for your first point of star. Be sure to adhere it as closely as possible to that first corner piece. Continue with the outer point of star, and adhere that as well.
Adhere a square for the outer star. If at any point you get confused, don’t hesitate to look above at the diagram.
After the first row is complete, the best route to go is up. Start from that first corner and work your way up.
After the two rows are complete, you should have what looks like an “L” shape. Starting from the inside corner of the “L” adhere one of the inner corners as shown here.
Continue to make another “L” shape following the pattern above. You should already start to see your pattern come to life… Neat, right?
After you have finished your second, “L” you will now need the square for the center of the star. This is the square left over from the points of the star. Continue to adhere the pattern, moving towards the right.
Now you will need to work your way back up again.
Continue to use up leftover squares to complete the paper quilt, following the pattern above.
You may have some uneven edges. Using your paper cutter, cut each side of the quilt to make a straight and even line. The paper quilt is complete.
Use the finished quilt on a project.
Add more texture to your quilt by embossing it with an embossing folder.
Try different patterns
There are numerous different Quilt Block patterns available. Check this site and get creative.