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Nov 15, 2011

Charmed Prints QAL: Star Block

Nov 15, 2011
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To print out this tutorial, go HERE to view the PDF file.

Here we are!  The first feature block!  Nothing beats a classic star to frame a center print.  So I'd thought we'd start off with an oldie, but goodie.   Let's get started...

unfinished block size:  a charm - 5"
finished block size: 4 1/2"


     **Use a scant ¼” seam allowance for all seams.**

To fussy cut is to target and cut a specific motif that's printed on fabric, rather than randomly cutting yardage as we normally do.  From About.com.


Fo1.  Following the table below, cut your selected charm square down to a 2 3/4” square, making sure to fussy cut the elements you would like to include in that reduced size.  Also, cut the rest of the required pieces for the block at this time.  **The sashing or background fabric should not be cut from previously cut strips, instead use the leftover and/or extra scraps.**

Star Block Cutting Requirements
Fabric
Quantity
Dimensions
Charm
1
2 ¾” square
Frame Print
8
1 5/8” square
Sashing/Background
4
   2 ¾” x 1 5/8” rectangle
Sashing/Background
4
1 5/8” square




2.     2.  Make Flying Geese Units:  Take the 8 print 1 5/8” squares and draw a line diagonally from one corner to the other.  
  


3.    3.  Take one 2 3/4" x 1 5/8" rectangle and place a print 1 5/8" square on top right sides together as shown.  Stitch along the diagonal line drawn in step 2.

     4.  Cut the excess fabric from the rectangle unit, making sure to cut 1/4" away from the stitching line.

5.  Press the seam toward the print.

4.     6.   Repeat steps 3-5 on the opposite side of the 2 3/4" x 1 5/8" rectangle, stitching along the drawn line, trimming excess fabric and pressing.  Make sure the diagonal stitching line is positioned as shown..



7.  Make 4 flying geese units.


5.       8.  Layout the star block as shown below.

9.  Sew the block together in 3 rows first.  Then sew the top 2 rows together.  Finally, sew the last row to the top two using 1/4" seams throughout.




 That's it!  Let me know if you have any questions..  Tomorrow the Greek Cross block will post.

Don't forget to add photos of your completed blocks to the flickr group!



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8 comments:

  1. What a cute block! Love the fussy-cut puppy. I really need to get moving on this... Maybe tonight. :)

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  2. Were we supposed to cut some of the sashing into 1 5/8" strips or do we cut those additionally or from the 2 3/4"x 5" pieces? I went ahead and cut a strip of the sashing into a 1 5/8" strip just to cut these faster and I wasn't sure if we would need those other pieces.

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  3. Love this block! Such cute fabrics! I got a little behind on another project (long story), but still intending to join sooner or later.

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  4. To answer Melissa's question: The sashing strips cut in last week's post should be set aside. The background fabric (which may be the same as your sashing) should be cut from leftover sashing or scraps.

    Also, you will need 8 frame print 1 5/8" squares to make 4 flying geese units.

    Thanks M!

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  5. I made a wonky star that I think I'm going to use for this project--I'll add to the gallery when I can snap a pic. :)

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  6. Super cute, AnneMarie! Great block!

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  7. I'm not an orange fan, but I like that block anyway! The star point fabric is uniquely perfect for the dog.

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  8. Thanks for the great tutorial! I make one of these tonight. My first flying geese! My points aren't perfect but I'm really happy with it anyway. I'll post it in the flickr group shortly :)

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