Saturday, February 1, 2014

Three Fancy Sets for Threads of Memory and One Plain

Fancy Sets

Last week you got the first block for this year's block of the month and some of you are already thinking about settings. (These people are called planners.) I thought I'd show you four digital sketches for ideas to set the 12 blocks into a rectangular quilt.

This quilt is 68 x 84"
The setting strips finish to 4"
There is an inner border of 2" to finish out the stars.
The blue outer border finishes to 6"

The first one is the Star Set from Jean Stanclift's version we did a few years ago, which we called Chords of Memory.

Yardage required for Star Set:
Cornerstone stars: 3/4 yard. Jean used a medium blue.
Sashing Strips & Inner Border: 1-1/4 yards. Above it is a dark blue.
Outer Border: 2-1/4 yards similar dark blue. Jean used two different prints but if you want to use all the same for sash and borders buy 3-1/2 yards.

The second set is the Geese Set, which Becky Brown has finished.
She used a scrapbag of fat quarters of darks, lights and pinks. Here the sashing strips finish to 3" wide (3" x 12"). Right now the top's finishing 48" wide by 63" long.

Number 3 we are calling the Spiky Set, which Becky's working on right now. The tall triangle strips finish to 4" x 12" and at this point the top is 52" x 68".
Again the triangles are a scrapbag of dark prints and light plains. We used a variety of close Bella Solids whites and ivories from Moda for the light triangles.

We picked out about every other one from Fig Tree Cream to Together Tan.

And you may just want to use plain sashing, with or without cornerstones. The basic structure here: Sashing finishing to 4" with a 6" border, 
The finished quilt: 64" x 80".

Yardage required for Plain Sashing:
Cornerstones: 1/2 yard
Sashing Strips: 1-1/2 yards
Border: 1-7/8 yards if you piece the strips.
2 yards if you cut strips the long way.

Cornerstones: Cut 20 squares 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Sashing Strips: Cut 31 strips 4-1/2" x 12-1/2".
Border: Cut 2 strips 6-1/2" x 68-1/2 for the sides.
            Cut 2 strips 6-1/2" x 64-1/2" for the top and bottom.

We'll get instructions for the more complex sets together in the next few weeks so you can start piecing triangles if you want to.


Anonymous said...

Does Anyone know the yardage involved for the blocks as a whole?

Barbara Brackman said...

I can't tell you the yardage for the blocks because I don't know how you are going to color them. But a rule of thumb is you need about 5 yards for the front of a quilt (with all the seams etc.) If like Dustin you are using one fabric you'd need 5 yards of ticking. For a two-color quilt 2-1/2 yards of each. For a ten
color quilt a half yard of each.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Just wondering when the instructions for the Star Setting boarders would be available? Thanks!

Rachael Ferrera said...

I've created a paper piecing template for the Geese Setting option. I'll be happy to email to anyone interested in using it. I fit 3 sets of 4 geese on each page. There are 62 sets of 4 geese (2 facing each other per side of block), so you'd need to print 21 pages to have all of the sets to complete the quilt.

Lisa M. said...

I'm interested in the pattern/instructions for the Geese Setting. How can I get these?

Rachael Ferrera said...


Just send me an email (aggierachael at, and I'll email you the pattern.

Anonymous said...

I am interested in the pattern/instructions for the star setting. How can I get these?

Anonymous said...

Please send me the pattern/instructions for the Geese Setting option, as requested above by Lisa M.


Rachael Ferrera said...

If you would like the flying geese pattern, you'll need to email me (aggierachael @ Since you're posting as an anonymous blogger, I don't know what email address to send it to.

Darla Skinner said...

I would love the instrucs for the star setting Darla Skinner