Friday, November 1, 2013

Star Quilt Block of the Month Tutorial #4 - Shooting Star

Hello!  Welcome to November's Star Block of the Month tutorial.  This month we'll be sewing Shooting Star.  I've posted a tab at the top of my blog where you can view all of the Star Block of the Month tutorials for easy reference.  Please note that all blocks finish at 12" square, and we will be stitching with 1/4" seam allowances.

Here's what we'll be stitching today - Shooting Star!

For this block, you will need four fabrics.  I used purple, light pink, dark brown, and dark purple.  These fabrics are by Robert Kaufman - simply gorgeous!

                                           Purple:  Cut 8 ea. 2-1/2" squares A
    Cut 1 ea. 4-1/2" square C

                                      Light Pink:  Cut 8 ea. 2-1/2" squares A
                                                        Cut 4 ea. quarter square triangles B from 1 ea. 5-1/4" square

                                   Dark Brown:  Cut 4 ea. quarter square triangles B from 1 ea. 5-1/4" square

                                    Dark Purple:  Cut 4 ea. half square triangles D from 2 ea. 4-7/8" squares

Step 1:  Sew 1 each Purple 2-1/2" square A to 1 each Light Pink 2-1/2" square A.  Repeat. 

Sew these two units together to make a four patch.  I thought this would be a good place to talk about pinning for accuracy.  There are a lot of different ways to pin.  This is how I do it, because it works for me.  I insert one pin through the seam, with the seams butted, and making sure it is going through the seam on the back side, too.  Then I add a second pin to the end of the stitching line to help keep the block together.

The four patch should measure 4-1/2" square.

Sew a total of four ea. four patch units.  

Step 2:  Sew 1 ea. Light Pink quarter square triangle B to 1 ea. Dark Brown quarter square triangle B.  The Light Pink triangle should be on the left; the Dark Brown triangle should be on the right.

Sew the triangle unit to 1 ea. Dark Purple half square triangle D to make a triple triangle square unit.  This unit should measure 4-1/2".

Sew a total of four triple triangle square units.

Step 3:  Lay out the block, being careful to orient the four patch units with the Purple squares in the outer corners of the block.  Make sure the points of the triple triangle square units are on the outside edges of the block.  The Purple 4-1/2" square C should be in the center of the block.

Sew the units into three rows.

Sew the three rows together to complete your block.  Smile!

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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