Hello, and welcome to the Virtual Quilting Bee hosted by my friend Amy of Diary of a Quilter!
If you are new to my blog please stay a while and take a look around, and thanks so much for visiting!
I was absolutely honored to be asked to join in the Quilting Bee and had fun creating my blocks in two color ways! The block on the left uses 3 prints from Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, and the version on the right uses three different green shades of Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.
I always have fun with these quilt-alongs because it’s a great way to make a set of completed quilt blocks doing just a little bit at a time! Star blocks have been my favorites lately, and so I decided to make one of my favorite stars with accent colors in the corners. If you’re making a scrappy quilt, there are a lot of ways you could change this up…each star point could be made with a different fabric, and the corner accent pieces could also be made from different fabrics. The center block could also be a different fabric…there are lots of possibilities here!
For demonstration purposes, I’ll just be sharing the Kona block, since I thought the dark colors would photograph better, but the Happy Go Lucky block is constructed in exactly the same way.
For each star block you’ll need 1 square 4 ½” x 4 ½” for the center piece, 4 squares 3” x 3” for the star points, 2 squares 3” x 3” for the accent corners, and 6 squares 3” x 3” for the “background.”
Draw a diagonal line on the back of all 6 background squares. Then, you’ll sew ¼” on either side of the drawn line. For illustration purposes, I’ve drawn the center diagonal and the two stitching lines.
After you’ve sewn, cut each block in half on the center diagonal line. Press each seam open.
You will now have 12 half-square triangles. Next trim each half-square triangle to measure exactly 2 ½” square, and trim off the little “tails” at the corners.
I press half-square triangles open, especially when there are a lot of half-square triangles in one quilt block.
The back of your half-square triangles should look like this.
Make 4 sets as shown above. Use a ¼” seam when stitching, and press the seams open.
Now you are ready to lay out the pieces of your block.
Sew the pieces together in rows using ¼” seams. For the top and bottom rows, press toward the accent corners. For the center section, press toward the center square. Your block will measure 8 ½” x 8 ½” at this time, giving you an 8” finished block.
The back of the block…
I hope you have fun creating your block using this tutorial. I can’t wait to see what the next block will be!
Thanks so much for stopping by!