Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sapphire Stars Clue #1

By Kevin the Quilter

Here we go folks!  Ready or not!  Here is Clue #1 for Sapphire Stars! I will be showing you the way I made this particular unit. If you have a way you prefer to do things, by all means use it. I still don't know how to do a pdf file, so, feel free to copy and paste from this post into a reader friendly version. Also, if you are playing along, please share on your blog about this mystery and feel free to use the logo.  Alycia has given her permission, and of course you have mine.

Clue #1

Cut 48 3.5" x 3.5" squares from your brilliant royal blues (as many different as possible)

Cut 48 2"x2" squares from your light baby blues (as many different as possible)

Cut 48 2"x2" squares from your navy blues (as many different as possible)

Using a small ruler and marking tool (I used a mechanical pencil) on the wrong side of the fabric, mark a line diagonally down each light blue 2" square, AND each navy blue 2" square.

Placing right sides together, put one 2" light blue square on top corner of a 3.5" bright blue square. Sew on drawn line.

Repeat this step with navy 2" square on top of 3.5" bright blue square on opposite corner of the light blue 2" square just sewn.  Sew on drawn line.

Lightly finger press seams toward the corner ensuring the light and navy corners have been sewn correctly.  If light blue, and navy do not match the edge of the brilliant seam.

Cut 1/4" away from seam with rotary cutter or scissors.

Press 24 units with seams going toward corners, and press 24 units with seams going toward center.

Make 48 units measuring 3.5" unfinished.

If you are not comfortable making this unit, simply make 48 4 patch units from 2" squares of brilliant blue, light blue, and navy blue.
Make the 4 patches random with the various shades of blue color placement.

Please post progress on your blog or send me photos!
I would love to see your versions of this unit!

Until next time,
Keep on Quilting!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sapphire Stars

Hey everybody!
It's time to start thinking about our upcoming mystery, "Sapphire Stars!"
How do you like that, there, logo?????  Pretty nifty, eh?  I love it!  It is courtesy of my good friend,

Alycia of 
Thank GOD for techie friends!!!!!!

So, you have scraps?

You want to make scrap quilts?

You want to make scrap quilts easier?

The key to this in my opinion is......


I believe most quilters view their craft as an art.
Therefore, we are artists.

Most artists that paint work from a pallet similar to this.
Their medium, the paint, is divided by color.
Now, I realize a painter usually mixes colors to make new colors.....
but, they have to start from somewhere?
That "somewhere" is usually a tube or container of paint.
The artist's pallet serves as their resource for their medium.

Stay with me here.......

We quilters are artists that work with colors also....
our fabrics, stashes, and scraps are our medium.

How many of you separate your scraps and stash by colors?

This is an actual photo of some of my scraps.
They are entirely separated by color.
These are my color bins.  Separated like paint containers.
Red is red to me whether is it is bright arrest me red, or brick red.
Purple is purple whether it is lavender or plum.
Make sense?

I separate all colors like this.
Each color has it's own container.

I know there are several quilters that also separate their scraps by size.
I am one of them.

I separate by crumbs, strings, and chunks.
Each color has it's own bin of each and they are full of 
all different types of fabrics, but, they are all the same color in each
individual bin.
I will go farther in depth on these in a future post for 
"Sapphire Stars."

I do have 2 other separate categories of fabric,
those being Civil War Reproductions and Batiks.
These are divided by color family as well.
I personally like working with these fabrics separately,
however, when the piece or scrap of one of these types of 
fabrics has been used repeatedly, or goes down in size,
they do become a part of the color bins.

Sorting scraps is 
I do not view it as a task that I hate doing.
I view it as a trip to the quilt shop.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE receiving a bag or box of scraps
that I can sort out by color family.
It truly aids me in my quilting by having order to my scraps.

try to start sorting your scraps by color family.
You will more than likely be surprised by what you find
you have!

Many quilters I have helped will say they don't have any
of a certain color.  But, upon going through their scraps by
color family, they find they do have some of that color.

And.......if you don't like sorting your scraps.........
ask your friends and family to help?
Kids LOVE doing this sort of thing!
Here is my nephew Curtis helping me sort some scraps.

I would love to see some of your before and after shots if you
choose to start separating your scraps?
Please send them to me and let me know if I can share them
here on the blog?
e-mail photos to:

I PROMISE you, it will make you feel so accomplished
and ready for your next scrap project.....
which may be.........

There's another image from Alycia!

"Sapphire Stars" will measure approximately
70" x 90"
upon completion. about some colors of fabric and yardage amounts?


These are APPROXIMATE yardage amounts!
I will give you an amount that will exceed what is 
actually used, just to be on the safe side.
Again, this is my first go around with hosting a scrap mystery
so let's just have some fun with our scraps here.
I will be offering various piecing options.....
however, if you choose to use the same fabric
for the various colors, I have a feeling
your quilt will turn out somewhat flat in color.
Just my opinion.

Here is the color pallet I will be using:

Bright, brilliant, royal blues!
Approximately 1- 1 1/4 yards

Light to medium blues!
Think baby blues in all different shades of it.
Approximately 1/2 - 7/8 yards

Navy Blue!
Approximately 2.5 - 2 7/8 yards

Yellows......ALL SHADES
Approximately 1.5 - 1 7/8 yards

Reds...........ALL SHADES
Approximately 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 yards

Light Neutrals
Approximately 2 - 2 1/4 yards

1 constant medium gray
Approximately 3/4 yards

Ok, allow me to clear something up you may be wondering about......

We will be using 3 different shades of blue for this mystery.
Navy, royal, an baby blues.
I chose 3 random fabrics in these shades to show you the thing you need to be 
concerned with is contrast between these 3 colors of blue I am using.

With this being said, you may want to change this color scheme up a bit?
I ENCOURAGE you to do this!
You may want your quilt to be
Garnet Stars.......Amber Stars...........Emerald Stars.........and so on.......
I would LOVE to see your versions of this mystery.
Please keep in mind, 3 contrasting colors of 1 color, and don't repeat it
for the other colors in the quilt.

We will also be using the tri-recs tools.
I will be offering easy to follow steps on how to use
these tools.

In other news.........

Last week was a really exciting week for me..........

I was able to meet up with THE Bonnie Hunter!!!!!!
She had lectures and workshops all week in Southern California,
and I happened to have a layover in Long Beach, California.
A few texts after I landed, and there she was with her
friend Debi!  It was a pleasure meeting Debi, and I thank her
so much for coordinating our evening visit!
Visiting, talking quilts, and eating ice could it not be perfect!
Thanks for the visit Bonnie and Debi!


I was able to be with my Dad and family for Father's Day.
I can't thank my Dad enough for all he does for me
not to mention our family.  I hope to be as good a man
as he is one day!


Look what God blessed me with on Father's Day?!?!?!
It truly was God's doing that Lilly came into my life.
She certainly is NO replacement for Gracie Lu......
Gracie Lu could never be replaced.
Lilly Mae has already started making herself right at home.
I can't wait to share her with you all!
She is a Brown Boston Terrier.
She was born on Easter, thus, her name.
She is my little Easter Lilly.
On a side note......My Great Aunt Mae,
who taught me so much about quilting,
was named Lilly Mae.......coincidence?

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coming soon!!!!!



Join me and our Scrap Club in O'Fallon, Missouri for our
Summer Session of:

Scrap Club hosted by
Kevin the Quilter

- One clue a month

- Easy clues

- 4 to 5 clues....(still in the works)

- Clues begin on June 29, 2017

Many informative posts about tidying up your scraps will begin
our mystery this year.
If you have a system that already works for you, WONDERFUL!

I will be sharing my tips for scrap management
along with some things that help me stay on top of 
my scraps and stash.

In my next post, I will be sharing the colors I have used
along with APPROXIMATE yardage amounts.
I wonder if any blues will be used???? HMMMM????
I wonder if there will be any stars?????  HMMM????
(Please understand, this is my first online mystery.....and it uses scraps....
it is almost impossible to share EXACT yardage amounts.)

Let's all just have fun, and not get caught up in perfection!

This mystery will be made using the 
(Please click the link above to see if you
already have these in your arsenal of supplies.)

I look forward to sharing this mystery with you all!
Let's use up those scraps!
See you soon!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter