Variable Star Quilt Block ( 12.5 inch )
Found another STAR block to use in our guild STAR BLOCK CHALLENGE. I am making a quilt from the MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW on You Tube.
MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW .. VARIABLE STAR QUILT
I often make a trial block when I am using a new/ different technique. Since we are making STARS for the guild challenge I decided to make a block using fabric selected for the challenge. If the block turns out okay I plan to donate to the challenge.
YOU can make your HsqTri patches any way you want, but I used the method shown on YOU TUBE and I give the measurements for that technique. The measurements can be used so you can figure out how to make the block using your favorite methods.
NOTATION: STARCH THE HECK OUT OF YOUR FABRIC … I LIKE MINE AS STIFF AS PAPER … MAKES THE CUTTING EASIER AND KEEPS THE PATCHES NICER THROUGH OUT THE PROJECTS.
Match a focal fabric with a second fabric then with the background patch. ( See picture.)
SEW around the block using a generous quarter inch seam. This is an over sized block and you will be trimming the HsqTri patches to 3. 5 inches.
I marked the diagonals to show where I will be cutting the sewn patches to make the HsqTRIs. REMEMBER the outsides of the block is on the BIAS and will distort if handled roughly.
There will be 3 sets of FOUR half square triangles. They need to be squared to 3.5 inches. As I said earlier these patches were over sizes so you have at least a quarter of an inch of fabric to trim off.
When pressing your triangles BE SURE TO SET THE SEAM then open the triangle. I pushed the seams to the dark side, but I found that sometimes I had to reverse the seam press in order to get the intersections to lock.
It is up to YOU to decide if you want to press your seams to one side or to press open all the seams. IT IS IMPORTANT WHAT EVER METHOD YOU USE YOU ARE CONSISTENT. ( Watch out for burned fingers when you press open your seams.)
Once all your half sq triangles are squared up lay out your block. I did not mention earlier you will need 4 patches of 3.5 inches of your background fabric for the corners.
I like sewing the pinwheel first then I add the star points on the side. I sew the top and bottom rows adding the 3.5 inch patches on the ends of the star points. I press as sew each section together.
Surprise, surprise my block came out to the correct 12.5 inch block ( 12 inch finished) I do not think I will have any cut off points.
This block took two hours to make …. because I was taking pictures of the process…. the other blocks I made using this method was a lot faster… but not as fast as ANGELA WALTERS.
I have been sewing a lot this past couple of weeks. I did Darla’s, the Scientific Quilter’s March along. I started sewing 15 minutes a day but that usually stretched into an hour or two so I have made progress on my quilt projects… not my UFOs very much but the quilts I have started assembling since January. I need to sew binding on my daughter’s quilt then I will have a finish.
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