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.
You can find links for the other rows below:
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!