Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tutorial: July star blocks

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This is probably the most basic star block.   But it is a classic favorite that looks good in any fabric, and is easy to re-size to make smaller or larger. 

You can see my full quilt top here.  Or the finished quilt here.  

My blocks finish at 11"  (10.5" after squaring…if you square them).  

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Start with 8 – 4" background squares, 1 – 4" center square, and 8 – 3" squares for the star points.

On 4 of the background squares place a 3" square in a corner right sides together and sew from corner to corner.  The tape trick comes in handy again on these blocks.  Cut the corner off leaving 1/4" and press open.

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Place another 3" square in an adjacent corner and repeat the steps.

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Layout your squares again and sew the squares into three rows. 

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Press the seams of each row in opposite directions, and sew the rows together.

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The finished block should be 11".  I squared my blocks up to 10.5".

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48 blocks (6 in each row, 8 rows) makes a perfect twin size at 60" x 80". 

46 comments:

Carol said...

Those are great...love the way they float! And no points to match at the center square and the flying geese...great block!

Linda said...

I love the colors you used. This has always been among my favorite blocks. Good tutorial, too!

Sandra said...

A wonderful work!!

danahollis said...

Oh I just LOVE this quilt!

Plum Patchwork said...

I adore that quilt - the red, gray, white, and blue are so fabulous and summery!

Esch House Quilts said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love the way the base of the star points overlap. I hadn't given much thought about how to do this, but the way you do it is so simple. Thanks!

Sarah Craig said...

Great tutorial! I need to make some of these, and had been wondering just how you do it!!

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

Normally I'm not big on red, white and blue quilts or anything of the sort, but I love this. It's so fresh and pretty.

krisgray said...

Very cute! Thanks for the tute.

Karenkay said...

this block never gets old!

Krista Hansen said...

Thank you so much for posting this!!! I love this block but didn't know how to do it. You are my quilting idol as I start trying to become a quilter.I love everything you do.Thank you for sharing your talent.

BECKY said...

thanks for the tutorial!!!

Ashlee said...

Al, that gray flower-y fabric is SO cute, where did you get it?!

Lunden said...

Perfect timing for this post! Thank you so much for posting.

tentenknits said...

awesome tutorial!! now I just need to learn how to sew ... haha!

Brooke said...

Love the colors you chose for this quilt. The pattern is perfect to show them off. Thanks for this great tutorial.

Rachel said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial - this quilt may just end up on my (long long long) to-make list.

iluvmybugs said...

Thanks so much for this easy-to-follow tutorial!

**nicke... said...

i love that red square fabric so much i bought myself some yesterday! hop over to my blog and check out my finished kaleidoscope. i am seriously in love and am thinking of hand quilting... am i crazy?

Cathy said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!!

Sherrill said...

I LOVE that way of making them. Will hafta do one like that for Quilts of Valor..AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!

lindsay's sew trying said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so in love with this quilt!!!

Penny said...

Allison
Thank you for continuing to share your amazing talent & giving us another easy to understand tutorial. You've made it so easy to make my fav star block I know that I will get a star quilt done for this 4th now & I thank you. Happy 4th!
Penny

Theophanie said...

You just rocked my world! You mean to tell me your blocks don't just automatically turn out squared??? All this time I thought I had Patchwork Deficiency Disorder (PDD)! I feel SO much better now!

Karen said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Melanie said...

Wow- you are so generous with your tutorial sharing! Thanks!

Leslie said...

i love a classic star and paired with the red white and blue theme....they go perfectly together. thanks for the tutorial

Sandy said...

Great block/quilt....thank you for sharing the tutorial!

franzif said...

thank you so much for the tutorial. I hope to try it out sometime.

Jamie Lee said...

Great tutorial! This is definitely on my to-do list. I would love to see how you quilt the top when you are all done.

Deb said...

You are magical!! I thought the stars would be much more difficult!! Thanks for showing how!!

Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

notes of sincerity said...

Thank you *SO MUCH* for sharing your tutorial with us!!
Your quilt had me swooning and now I have made a whole row of stars for my quilt and I just love them! :o) I used all my scraps of fabric!!
Have a great weekend!!
Sincerely, Trish

amandajean said...

thanks for the tutorial for this block! i love it! i'm a 4th of july baby, so is my sis. maybe we need matching quilts like this?

yenni said...

thank you for your tutorial...it's so helpful...^^

I am Just One Mom said...

have I told you recently how fabulous you are? well, I shant wait another minute: you did it again! you created a wonderful quilt and shared an easy to follow tutorial, also.
I share your blog addy with all my quilty friends and students.
bravo! and a well wishing thank you.

Elisabeth said...

I was so intimidated by star blocks, but your tutorial was amazing to follow. I can't wait to try another! I posted pictures of the baby quilt I made on my blog. :D

Jen Conlon said...

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pippi said...

i like your work!
i have see that you use a bernina ; ) i too- i'm swiss.
sorry for my english!
bye

SewingSophia said...

This is a great and stunning project!! This tutorial will certainly help a lot!! Thanks!!

Wilma said...

Perfect Tutorial¡¡¡ Thank you for sharing beautiful works¡¡¡

Unknown said...

yay! i am pretty new to quilting & have only done squares & rectangles so far. i have been curious as to how these lovely stars were made & this seems really easy! thx so much! :)

Shirley Tener said...

We used this tutorial for our Sept Liberty and Justice Swap, you can see some on Flicker, mine are on my blog, they are super fun and easy.. Thank you, Shirley from SimpleSew funnymesjc at gmail dot com

Mary Deckert said...

Hi there! Love this tutorial! Such a pretty quilt. I have a question: If I wanted to resize, are the corner star pieces always one inch smaller than the background pieces? Thank you!

alittlebirdmademe said...

I used this tutorial to make my first ever quilt - and my daughter loves it. Thank you so much!

Now I have linked to it on my blog so others can use it too! http://alittlebirdmademe.wordpress.com/tutorials/

Gayle said...

Thank you for your awesome tutorials. I've been quilting for a couple of years, taken classes at quilting conventions, read books and so on. But as far as I'm concerned you have such fresh ideas/tip/quilting methods! (to a newbie anyway) I love your honesty too and sense of humor. Take a look at
Debbie Caffrey Turquoise Trail quilt, sewing all tiny pieces! I have a job...that was hard and it’s now a UFO. Now with this tutorial I think I can make a star quilt, which is a good thing cause I love them. Keep posting and Thanks

Pat Frontuto said...

This was extremely helpful, and thanks so much!

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