Saturday, February 25, 2012

Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello and welcome to any new friends. Today is my turn to share a block tutorial for the 
I was so excited when Jackie asked me to participate. Fun times!
This block is the 6th block in the series. If you haven't joined the fun yet, it's definitely not too late! You can find out more about this free Block of the Month party here.

I'm going to share a tutorial for this very traditional star block. I certainly don't claim any credit for making it up, but I'll show you how I made this classic design into a finished 8" block (unfinished 8.5").
Cutting list:

From your background fabric cut: 
  • [4] 3" squares
  • [4] 2¼” squares
  • [4] 1½” x 4” rectangles. (not pictured. D'oh! Sorry)
From each of your 4 'point' fabrics:
  • [1] 3" square
  • [1]  2¼” squares
Center square:
  • [1] 1½” x 1½” square

Start this block by making each of your 'points'.  Begin by matching up a 3" colored square with a 3" background square.  Draw one diagonal line on the back of the lighter fabric.  Carefully sew a scant 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line.

Using a rotary cutter, carefully cut directly on the drawn line.  Press both blocks open, pressing seam toward the 'point' fabric.
Carefully 'square-up' both half-square triangle blocks to 2¼”
 
Take both half-square triangle blocks and match them up with the coordinating 2¼” colored square and 2¼” background square in this layout.
Sew top two squares together and bottom two squares together. Press seams away from the half-square blocks.
Now sew two rows together, butting the seam allowances up against each other to help line-up that center point.  *Optional: when pressing this portion, 'pop' the first couple of stitches in the center seam and open up where those four seams intersect to make it lie more flat. Press the seams as shown.* 
Repeat the same process to make all four of the points.  Take your [4] 1½” x 4” rectangles and your center 1½” x 1½” square and lay out the block like this. 
Sew the blocks together in three separate rows as pictured. Press the seams toward the center rectangle on the points rows, and press away from the center square on the middle row.  Sew three rows together.
Voila!
And here is my version in a very different color scheme.  I love how versatile this block can be - modern or traditional, depending on the colors and fabrics used.
I have loved ALL the blocks so far. To see more block versions - or to upload your own - visit the BBOM flickr page.
Here are the other designers and their corresponding months: 

It's also a great way to bust some stash.

Have fun!

34 comments:

Andy said...

Love it Amy!

Linda said...

Too cute! Love this month's block. Thanks Amy. Also, your 6 blocks look wonderful.

Lesley said...

I love your block and tutorial! It's a wonderful way for me to bring together the contain colors in my quilt. Your blocks are beautiful as are your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

Great tutorial, Amy! Thanks for being part of the BOM!! Love the block!

Katy Cameron said...

Fun block, and looks like it would be a good scrap buster

Nedra said...

It's so fun to see that you are the designer this month! Great job on the block. I'm looking forward to making these ( I make 2 of each one) and having it be part of the line up. I will think of you every time I look at it!

Mama Bell said...

Love the block and your tutorial. I am especially impressed by the way you lined up the stripes in your color scheme block! I tend to be OCD about that...looks like somebody else might be too :) But, it looks soooo good, it's worth it! Awesome!

quiltretreat namawsbuzyquiltn said...

Yes I do love your block and wait anxiously for the 25th of the month to roll around. I also make 2 blocks, Time to get started

Mary said...

YES, I like your Block. I had to come back to see what you came up with to share with all of us. THANKS!

Kim said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I came by to get the BOM and had a nice visit at your bloghome. I like the superhero cape idea and I'm thinking of ways to make it into a "princess" cape for my granddaughter :0).

Happy Sewing

fiberchick said...

Beautiful block! Am going to have fun making this...

Claire Jain said...

Such a pretty block! Thanks for sharing the how to.

Venus de Hilo said...

Love this block, and how you've used Jackie's fabrics.
Look forward to playing with this one.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thank you, your block is lovely!
Liebe Grüße
Bente - Germany

ecuakim said...

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I’m trying to help my friend win the American Family Go Get Your Dream contest. Thank you!

Yolanda said...

Bonito tutorial,no dudare en hacerlo servir. muy bien explicado.besos yolanda

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cute, can't wait to make mine! Love all your blocks!

Jay said...

Love it!! going to look great!!! Starting tomorrow!!

Karen (nybird) (KMello) said...

Looking forward to making this block!

Kimberly said...

I really love these and want to make a set too... I'm thinking of using my Ruby layer cake! I clicked over to Pat Sloan's site but can't find her block. Do you know where it might be over there? Thanks!

Miriam said...

Great tutorial. Thank you Amy. I just finished my blocks.

Valerie said...

Hello Amy! Thank you for the warm welcome. I discovered your blog late Friday night...sometimes my only "alone blogging time" and have instantly fallen in love!!! I am totally new to quilting. Long time lover and purchaser of quilts, but until recently had never tried the art of quilting myself. At the coaxing of some friends and neighbors and a super sweet "Intro to Quilting" Valentine's Day gift CLASS from my hubby, I recently completed my first BLOCK! Yup, I've got a lot to learn, but your blog is amazing! Even my 7-year old is hooked...or should I say stitched! ;)

Looking forward to learning from you and following your artistic quilting journeys!

Debbie J said...

I really love this block. This is one star block I've never made before. I really love the floral/pastel fabrics you used.

Thanks, Debbie J.

Jytte R said...

Thank you. I look forward to make this block.
I just returned from England yesterday evening.

daisy and jack said...

cool block - thanks !

Melody said...

Somehow, even though I follow some of the previous blogs, I'd missed this. I love your block. I finally used my sweetwater cuts for the last bloggers quiltalong. I have the perfect one for this. Can't wait to start and get caught up.

Drucilla's Stitches said...

I love this block...thank you for sharing. I made two Friday night...yahoo!

Nicole said...

Have you tried making half square triangles using this method? I just discovered this and made a video for it. Hope this helps! The blocks are great!

http://www.buzzellis.com/2012/02/so-few-weeks-ago-i-posted-how-to-on.html

You get 8 HST at one time!

Jay said...

I think this may be my favorite so far of the BOMs!!!

Maria said...

Thank you Amy. Great eay to follow tut for your lovely block.

Sharon Dawn said...

Your block and samples in your choice of fabrics have inspired me to make a set of my own. I have one more to go and I will be caught up!

Thanks for sharing them,
Sharon
dexterdays-sdk.blogspot.com

Mila@Rimbun said...

Thanks for the tutorial... seems complicated but after trying it once, I love this block pattern.

Deuzuite Ardasse said...

Fiquei encantada com teus trabalhos. Sou apenas uma iniciante, com vontade de prender. Obrigada pelos lindos trabalho.
Bjs ITE

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

Such a pretty block Amy! Thanks for linking up to my quilt block round up! :)