My supreme apologies for my disappearance this week. I had an unexpected opportunity to visit my sister, something that we had been trying to make work for ages, so I jumped at the chance. We spent our days chatting, walking the pups, eating yummy food (Rachel is a great cook…I keep trying to get her start up a food blog) and generally enjoying each other’s company. I wish we weren’t four hours apart!
But I’m back, and I have the first of this week’s tutorials ready to go. The other will come later today.
Now, you may be coming down to just scraps of the fabrics you picked for this project, so the remaining four stars are designed to accommodate that possibility. While I decided to make this star using strips of fabric, you could just as easily cut squares from your scraps and achieve the same effect. Similarly, while I used only two fabrics in my star, you could use scraps of warm and cool fabrics, or light and dark fabrics…you get the idea!
Begin by sewing the two strips of fabric together along the long dimension, and then press. (Now you might notice that my strips aren’t a precise 15-3/4″ long. That’s because I wanted to try to avoid the green flower centres since I found them a bit visually distracting in an earlier block. So I left myself a little room to fussy-cut the pairs.)
Next, cut six (6) sets of paired fabrics 2-5/8″ wide (2″ and 1-1/4″ for the other two sizes).
Now we will start to assemble the sub-units for the star. The very centre of the star is made of two of the pairs sewn together:
Next, we’ll move on to the star points. Take the 3″ squares and cut them in half diagonally to create eight (8) half-square triangles (HSTs). Now take two (2) HSTs from each fabric and sew them to the 3-1/2″ squares of background fabric.
Press and then repeat with the remaining four (4) HSTs, making sure that each square of background fabric has an HST of both fabrics sewn to it – two (2) with fabric #1 on the right, and two (2) with fabric #1 on the left.
Trim up the little “envelopes” to 4-3/4″ wide (3-3/8″ | 1-7/8″). Now attach the remaining six (6) fabric pairs that you created earlier in the process to each of the star points units.
At this point it would be helpful to lay everything out to make sure that you have everything in the right place to create the checkerboard effect.
Assemble the star in three rows, as we did with the Woven Star and the Radiant Star. (The large triangles of background fabric are QSTs cut from the 7-3/8″ | 5-3/8″ | 3-1/4″ square.)
Now put the three rows together and voila! I’m really excited to see how everyone interprets this block!
I’ll be back in a bit. ;)