Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stars and more Stars

I love creating patchwork star blocks, especially on Quilts of Valor! It’s not the only block design I do, but when I create stars, I like to do the easiest method possible! Why not?


For example, why not use the techniques learned last week when making Half Square Triangles (HST) rather than cutting out boo-coos of triangles? Why take the chance to stretch the fabric’s bias out of shape?

Keeping in mind the HST techniques, I found this infographic from Quilt Books and Beyond showing 7 easy star quilt blocks: 
I'm hoping when you click on it, the picture will become readable!
If not, save it, then open in something like PhotoShop! 

Look at this lovely:

It's the “Four-Patch” Star block pattern McCall’s Quilting shared! They say it’s “Intermediate” level, but I say it’s easy peasy when following the PICTURED step-by-step tutorial!!! Although it looks like it, there are No HST involved! It’s simply an angle piecing on the ends. They have a free .pdf download, but note the correction. I’ve inserted their corrected directions here:

Cutting Instructions
Cream Fabric ... Color #1
... 1A - Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2""                
... 1B - Cut 12 squares 2 1/2"

Green ... Color #2
... 2B - Cut 4 squares 2 1/2"

Purple ... Color #3
... 3A - Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Purple Print .... Color #4
... 4C - Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Assembly Instructions
{Brackets indicate where I added something to clarify}
I added the Bold to bring attention!

Step 1. On wrong side of {cream} square, draw diagonal line. Sew directly on top of marked line; cut away excess fabric. Press towards triangle (Diagram I). Note the direction of the drawn line for the short half trapezoid (4 1/2" rectangle used) as compared to the long half trapezoid (6 1/2" rectangle used). Make 4 of each.

Diagram I

Step 2. Sew together pieces as shown in Diagram II to make quadrant. Make 4.

Diagram II

Step 3. Sew 2 rows of 2 quadrants each, rotating as shown (Assembly Diagram). Stitch rows together to make Four-Patch Block.

Assembly Diagram

 This is a Must Do for me! Will you create this lovely finished 12” x 12” block?

Oh, my! This is the easiest, my most favorite star block! I’ve done this one many times already… no points to match! No HST!!! Notice it’s a 9-Patch! She calls it the July Star… : 

Note the squares touching the center square! That’s where the magic happens!
I didn’t get a good close-up picture of the stars, but this is the star design I used on the Last Man Standing QOV!

Try it! I think you’ll like it!

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