Welcome to the Nordic Mini Quilt Along, Row 1! I appreciate everyone’s response to my query about participating in a quilt along. This will be a little casual in style, and evolving as it goes along. At the moment, I have the rows planned out but only two of them are finished. So it’s a little bit mystery and a little bit mini! I’ll be giving instructions for at least one row each week, with a total of 4 rows. The final quilt will definitely be mini at 14 1/2″ square!
For the entire mini-quilt top, you will need 1/3 yard of white fabric, 1/4 yard of red fabric, and 1/4 yard of red/white print fabric. You can also make this scrappy with an assortment of reds and whites. A fat quarter will do for the backing.
We’re starting out with my favorite row which is the Nordic Star. It’s fairly simple to make, but because the components are so small it will take a little bit of patience. I know you can do it!
A note about pressing: It goes against my religion, but I suggest pressing most (if not all) of your seams open for this block (see my post on pressing seams for more information). Pressing seams open is advantageous for such a small block with narrow/small pieces. Your seams will lay flatter and reduce bulk. Shorten your stitch length when pressing seams open (I use 1.8).
Cutting Instructions for EACH Nordic Star Block. There are a total of 3 stars:
- Red Fabric: (4) 2″ squares, (1) 3/4″ square, (1) 1″ x 5″ rectangle
- Red Print Fabric: (4) 2″ squares
- White Fabric: (4) 2″ squares, (4) 1″ x 1 1/2″ rectangle, (4) 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle, (1) 1″ x 5″ rectangle.
1. Make half-square triangle (hst) units. Draw a diagonal line through half of the 2″ squares. With right sides together, pair them as follows: red/white, red/red-print, white/red-print . Stitch 1/4″ on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line and press seams open. Trim to 1 1/2″ square.
2. Make corner units. Stitch the red 1″ x 5″ rectangle to the white 1″ x 5″ rectangle. Press open or towards red. Sub-cut into 1″ wide segments.
Join these units to the white 1″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles.
3. Make the star corners. Arrange the hst’s and corner units as shown in the photo below:
Press seams open. The resulting unit should measure 2 1/2″.
4. Assemble block. Arrange the star corners, the white 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles and the red 3/4″ square as shown below:
Stitch the units together and press open. Your star should measure 4 3/4″ square.
5. Create the first row. Make 3 stars. Join them together with two sashing strips that measure 1 1/8″ x 4 3/4″. The row should measure 14 1/2″ long.
I have a bonus for you. I made this block bigger for those of you who aren’t ready to try such small piecing.
I took a picture of all of them together so you can see the size difference:
Below are the cutting instructions for a 13″ (unfinished) Nordic Star. Assembly is the same, but you can press your seams to the side instead of open! When you make the corner units (step 2), you will sub-cut your strip into 2″ units. The hst’s need to be trimmed to 3 1/2″.
- Red Fabric: (4) 4″ squares, (1) 1″ square, (1) 2″ x 9″ rectangle
- Red Print Fabric: (4) 4″ squares
- White Fabric: (4) 4″ squares, (4) 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles, (4) 1″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, (1) 2″ x 9″ rectangle.
Are you curious to see what I’ll do with this larger star block? I’ll be showing pictures as I go along on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there (thecraftyquilter) and use the hashtag #nordicminiqal to post your own pictures.
Have a great weekend!