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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lucky Stars QAL Star Block

Welcome!  Today is our first sewing day for the Lucky Stars QAL!  We'll be making the star block:

It is not too late to join is in the QAL! If you want to make one using the same fabrics, visit Christa Quilts for a deal.  And then see these links to catch-up.

These are the pieces needed for today.  If you've already completed the cutting requirements disregard below.  We will also be making all the HST's for the patch block at the same time.

Note with the star block you will want to use the same print (or same color of print) twice.  Paired once with a background and once with another print. (the extra hst can be used in another star block, or later on the patch block)

From your background fabric:
3.5 x 3.5 square (72) - Patch Block and Star Block HST's
2.5 x 2.5 square (36) - Star Block posts1.5 x 8.5 (18) and 1.5 x 10.5 (18) -Star Block borders

From your print varieties:
3.5 x 3.5 (90) - Patch Block and Star Block 
*here you want at least 8 different prints so they don't repeat within the star.

Set the star borders and posts aside.  Those will be when we piece the block together.

Star Block HST's:

Ready to construct loads of HST's!  Ready, set, go!  

Following this diagram:
  • Take the 72 pieces of background squares and draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Pair with 72 printed squares.
  • Sew 1/4" from the drawn line on each side.
  • Cut down the drawn line, press open. 

  • Trim each HST piece to 2.5" x 2.5".  This will yield 144 HST's.

Repeat on the remaining 18 printed squares.  This will yield 36 HST's.

Star Block Construction:
Brought to you via pictures. :)

Add in the Background 2.5" squares on each corner. 

Sew first together rows, then top to bottom.

Add on the borders.

Square to 10.5" x 10.5".
Yielding 9 Star Blocks.

Save the remaining HST's.  There should be 72 left over that will be used on the Patch Blocks.

See you on Wednesday for the Square Block!  Let us know of any questions, comments or concerns! :)



Sarah B said...

Can you give some suggestions on how to line up directional prints? (This is my first QAL so I'm trying to do a good job!) thanks! :-)

the gathering girls said...

Thank you! So excited to get started!!

Emily said...

Love this pattern and that you're doing it as a QAL! Super excited to join in :)

Paula said...

Pretty! I love the dots.

Karee said...

Ba Da Bing, Ba Da Boom!

Catherine said...

I'm completely confused. Why did we start with 3.5" squares and then cut down to 2.5"? I'm not sure how to take my 3" squares (after cutting & pressing) and turn them into 2.5" squares and keep both triangles equal.

Can you link me to a tutorial on how to do that? After all that sewing & pressing, I would hate to cut these wrong.

Karen @dixielandcrafts said...

I finished my Star Blocks and blogged my success. I am loving this quilt along. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Karen @ Dixieland Crafts

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this great project on quilting. I love your idea of the lucky star. I think this project will be great for those who love designs associated to constellations and stars. I would love it more if you will give us lots of designs on this project.

from Lara @PhD by Publication

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