Are you seeing the starry quilt at the end of the tunnel? I know I am! I’m really looking forward to putting this sucker together!
This star is pretty straightforward, with lots of repetition, but because there are so many pieces there is also lots of opportunity for little inaccuracies to add up. So a little extra diligence is required with both the cutting and the seam allowances in order to end up with a finished block that is 12-1/2″ unfinished. Also, while I have provided the dimensions for the 4″ star because it’s tradition at this point, I’ll be really impressed if any of you succeed in making one!
There are many ways to arrange the pieces to achieve a number of effects, including the following three (although there are many more if you play around) :
The last option is the one that I picked, since I thought it was the most “shimmery.”
First, use twelve (12) squares from each of the two fabrics to make HST square units. (Save 4 of each to cut in half diagonally for the star points.)
Forgive me for not walking you through each step, but I figure that we’ve done this before, so you probably know what to do, right?! When the HST squares are sewn and pressed, trim them to 2″ (1-1/2″ | 1″) before continuing.
Again, I didn’t take pictures of putting the centre together, since it’s essentially a 16-patch. Just make sure that it’s 6-1/2″ (4-1/2″ | 2-1/2″) square when you’re finished. And you should have eight (8) of the HST squares left over for the points.
Speaking of the points… Which pieces go where will be a bit different depending on the layout you decide upon, but the method is the same no matter what. You’re going to sew two (2) of the HSTs you cut earlier to each of the remaining HST squares, following the steps below:
(I didn’t notice that I had forgotten to clip the overhanging seam allowance until after I had documented this step, but you clipping it will help keep the bulk down, so I recommend it.)
When you have the points sewn and pressed, trim them to 3-7/8″ (2-7/8″ | 1-7/8″) on both sides that create the right angle, and then trim the diagonal to the new “corners.” You should be trimming off an amount about 1/8″ wide.
From here, you can sew up your star point flying geese following the directions we used last time for the Plaid Star, and then put the whole thing together!
One more to go!!!!