Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dazzle Burst - Clue 6, The Final Reveal

This is the clue we've been working towards. I made a video post for this clue so check it out if you want a visual!

It's the reveal! Aren't you excited? I am!

But first things first. There's a few steps to do before the top is together.

Last week, we made a pile if these blocks. Do you know the name of this block? 
It's called Fox and Geese! And we have 42 of them ready for quilt-top action. 

Take two of them and set them up like this. Take the right block and set it on the left one, right sides together of course!

Line up the seams in the center of all the edges. You can pop a pin at those points if you want help holding them in place. 

We will sew that center seam. Starting at the dark blue triangles...

...down the side to the light blue squares. While I sewed this seam, I would stop and made sure the two yellow points were lined up to each other as I approached them, adjusting them if they were not matched up. 

Sew all the pairs of the blocks together until you have 21 sets that look like this. 
That center seam will be bulky where the triangles meet. Press it open to minimize the lumps. 

This is where the magic starts happening! Take two sets and set them up like this! Can you see the burst effect?

Now place the sets right sides together and start at the dark blue triangles...

...and sew down to the other dark blue triangles. Just as before, stop and line up the places where points and seams need to meet. There are 5 to line up this time!

Open it up and look at the beautiful light colored star dazzle bursting inside the dark colored star!
Just like before, press the center seam open. I know it's fiddely to do but it'll be worth it later!

Now keep making these big blocks until you have nine and there will be three of the original pairs left. Sew them together in a row as a final row. 

When you're done, you'll have a top that looks like this-

See how the stars interlock with each other? It's dazzling! 

You can choose to add borders or not. It's up to you. Without borders, your quilt will measure out at 48" X 56", which is a great size for a sofa throw or a crib. Add a 2" and a 5" border around the entire top and you'll have a quilt big enough for a twin sized bed! Or keep making more burst blocks and adding them to the side and top until it's as big as you want it to be! 

This is totally customizable to your liking, just do the math and divide your totals by 16, which is the size of the completed burst block. So if you want your top to be 80" X 88" for a full sized bed, you need 5 burst blocks across (80 divided by 16) and 5 long plus a row of half of the burst block (88 divided by 16) and you're there! We made 9 burst blocks and a row with 1/2 blocks. For a full sized bed, you need 25 burst blocks and a row with 1/2 blocks. So you would need to triple the fabric requirements for that size. 

I hope you enjoyed this mystery project! Please leave a comment and share what you've made. You can leave a link to your blog or photo site or upload one to Pamelyn's Postings, my Facebook page! Thank you for participating and see you next time!

No comments: