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″).
From your background fabric cut:
-  3″ squares
-  2¼” squares
-  1½” x 4” rectangles. (not pictured. D’oh! Sorry)
From each of your 4 ‘point’ fabrics:
-  3″ square
-  2¼” squares
-  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  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.
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:
September – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
October – Vicki Welsh – Field Trips in Fiber
November – Stephanie Dunphy – Loft Creations
December – Pat Sloan – The Voice Of Quilting
January – John Adams – Quilt Dad
February – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
August – Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side
September – Sarah Fielke – The Last Piece
It’s also a great way to bust some stash.