This post is about my Sparkle Punch quilt. Read the previous post here.
The piles of cut pieces that I showed you in my last post became sets of block components (1 center square and 4 wonky points squares for each star).
Star blocks, like the ones shown above, are often sewn together with background fabric squares in the corners, making square blocks that come together like a nine-patch. Because I wanted the stars in this quilt to nestle, I omitted the usual corner squares.
This means that each star in my quilt is made from 5 square components that, if sewn together by themselves, would make a plus sign shape. To keep the piecing straightforward, I didn't sew the components of each star together before laying out the quilt top. Instead, I arranged all of the individual block components on my design wall, starting in the middle and working my way out, nestling each star together as I went.
It was at this stage that I started calling this quilt Sparkle Punch. I just thought the little wonky starbursts looked like those "POW!"bubbles that appear when cartoon characters punch each other.
The finished arrangement is made of 480 block components, each 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". I sewed the components in each row together and then sewed all of the rows together to finish the quilt top.