Crystal and my niece decided that they liked the accidental version and voted that I leave it as is instead of ripping it out and starting again. So the tutorial is for the Mistake Star instead of Hope of Hartford, which is what I was planning.
Hope of Hartford (or in this tutorial: Mistake Star) is a block that is relatively easy. A few skills you will build while sewing this block include:
- reading 1/8" marks on your ruler
- sewing on the bias (a little Magic Sizing helps)
- and one partial seam (just follow the photos and it will be easy!)
12" finished block, 12 1/2" unfinished.
|Hope of Hartford (the block I was planning on sewing): directions can be found at Delaware Quilts|
Before you cut the pieces on the diagonal, press the square of fabric with Magic Sizing to give the fabric more body and help reduce or prevent the bias edge from stretching during sewing.
Cut from background fabric
(A1) four 2 7/8" x 5 1/4" rectangles
(A2) one 6" x 6" square (cut in half diagonally twice)
Cut from medium fabric (mine is red)
(B1) one 6" x 6" square (cut in half diagonally twice)
(B2) one 2 7/8" square
Cut from dark fabric (mine is green)
(C) two 5 5/8" squares (cut each square in half diagonally once)
|I pressed all the pieces with Magic Sizing because I'll be sewing on bias edges on (A2), (B1), and (C). The Magic Sizing gives enough body to the fabric that it is easier to work with and less likely to stretch while I'm sewing it. I buy Magic Sizing at my local grocery store right next to the starch (which I don't use in quilting). Press with Magic Sizing *before* cutting each piece along the diagonal.|
|(A2) cut in half diagonally twice, (B1) cut in half diagonally twice, and two (C) cut in half diagonally once.|
|Here's where my mistake started! I lined everything up just right for Hope of Hartford, but I when I placed the pieces right sides together I forgot to pin the edge that I was sewing......|
|Pin and sew one (A1) piece to each triangle sub-unit as shown in the photo.|
|Press towards the rectangle (A1) to reduce bulk.|
|Pin (B2) to one unit as shown. (The rectangle piece (A1) is at the bottom.) Match the center (B2) to the red (B1) corner. Sew along the yellow dotted line leaving about 1" of the square unsewn.|
|You can see the white seam and how much is left unsewn. Yep! I started off at the top a little wonky. I fixed it after I took the photo.|
|Next, lay the piece that you just sewed on top of another unit with the reds (fabric B) matching in the corner. The pink dotted line shows the first partial seam sewn. Pin and sew along the yellow arrow.|
|Finger press open. The arrow is pointing to the partial seam.|
|Finger press open. The blue arrow shows the last seam sewn, the yellow arrow shows the partial seam that is still open.|
|Lay the final piece on top of the previously sewn block. Sew along the yellow line. It's usually easier to flip the block over and sew as shown in the next photo.|
|If you sew from this side you can lift the block away from the partial seam so you don't accidentally sew it.|
|This is what your block should look like now. You should have one seam left that will include the partial seam on the center square (B2). This is the last seam you will sew in the block.|
|Place right sides together, matching the unsewn edges of the block. The blue arrow shows the partial seam that was sewn first. The yellow arrow shows where you will sew the final seam to finish the block.|
|Press the block with a hot iron. Here's a photo of the finished block: Mistake Star.|
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Update: 8 February 2015
I just read a post on Barbara Brackman's block that has this same block. The link will give you the history of the block and a little more about it.
It's name was published as "Hope of Hartford" by the Farm Journal in 1945.