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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

S'more Rows.2 Stars & Diamonds

Stars & Diamonds
(row #5)



This row is made up of 6, 10" x 10" finished blocks.  (If you measure your block from edge to edge it will measure 10 1/2" x 10 1/2."  The extra 1/2" is for the seam allowances.)


The Stars & Diamonds block is a nine patch block made of 5 square patches, and 4 pieced patches that look like open beaks!

Fabric Requirements:
  • Background - 1/3 yard - I used Bella neutral (SKU #9900-12)
  • Diamonds - 1/3 yard - I used S'more Love aqua star bursts (SKU #37075-17)
  • Stars - 6, 10"x 10" squares


Cutting Directions:
  • Background
    • cut 3, 3 7/8" x width of fabric strips (wof)
    • sub-cut 2 wof strips into 10, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares each for 20 squares
    • cut 4 additional 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares from the third strip.
    • set remnant aside for later blocks.
  • Diamonds
    • cut 3, 3 7/8" x wof
    • sub-cut 2 wof strips into 10, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares each for 20 squares
    • cut 4 additional 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares from the third strip.
    • set remnant aside for later blocks.
  • Stars - cut one set of the following from each of 6 squares - one for each block
    • cut 1, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" square
    • cut 4, 3" x 5" rectangles



 
Break time!
It is always good to take a break between cutting and sewing a project.  Cutting always wears me out...except for when I can convince my husband to do it for me!  Taking a break lets my brain relax a little and makes piecing easier.
 
While we are taking a break check out this idea....
 

If you multiply my requirements by 7 and add some fabric for the borders, you could make this quilt.  It is made of 42 blocks in 7 rows of 6.  It measures 70" x 80" finished with two borders.  The inner border is 1" finished and the outer is 4" finished.

Specifically you would need the following....
  • Outer border - 1 1/2 yards
  • Inner border - 1/2 yard
  • Cream Background - 2 1/4 yards
  • Diamond background -  1 1/4 yard
  • Stars - 42, 10" x 13" rectangles
  • Binding - 5/8 yard
  • Backing - 4 1/4 yard
and back to the directions.....
Sewing Directions:
  • Make one block at a time.
  • Gather
    • 4, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares cream background
    • 4, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares diamond background
    • 1, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" square star fabric
    • 4, 3" x 4"  rectangles to match star fabric square.
  • EDGE BLOCK CONSTRUCTION
    • Gather
      • 4, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares diamond background
      • 4, 3" x 4" rectangles
    • On the right side of diamond background squares
      • Mark 3/8" from the bottom of each square on the sides.
      • Mark 3/16" on either side of the top center of each square.
      • Draw a line connecting each lower edge marking with the nearest top marking.
        • These lines mark the edge to which you align the star fabric.
 
This is only a sample - you block should be 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"
 NOT 5"x5" like the one in the picture.
    • Sew one point
      • Align star fabric, right sides together, so that the fabric falls to the larger side of the square.
      • There will be "bunny ears" sticking out beyond the edges of the square.
      • Sew 1/4" from the line you aligned with.
      • Iron star fabric up and over edge of square.
      • Trim star fabric along the longest axis.
        • Use this scrap to add the star point to the other side of square.
    • Sew the other point
      • Align star fabric, right sides together, so that the larger end is at the larger end of the triangle you are going to cover on the background.
      • There will be "bunny ears" sticking out beyond the edges of the square
      • Sew 1/4" from the line you aligned with.
      • Iron star fabric flap open.
    • Trim to size
      • Making sure that there is 1/4" star fabric beyond the intersection of the two triangles, trim piece to 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" square.
    • Repeat to make 4, 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" edge blocks

  • Assemble Block
    • Gather 9, 3 7/8" blocks (4 corners, 4 edges, 1 center)
    • Arrange blocks so that star triangles meet beside the center block.  The diamond triangles should be pointing toward the center.
    • Sew blocks together to make three rows.
      • Rows 1 & 3: cream square; edge block pointing down; cream square
      • Row 2: edge block pointing to the right; star square; edge block pointing to the left.
    • Sew rows together to make block.
    • Trim to 10 1/2" square
  • Repeat 5 times for a total of 6 Stars & Diamonds blocks.
  • Sew 6 blocks in a row to complete the Stars & Diamonds row of this project.

4 comments:

Canadian Abroad said...

Great tute for the block Cindy.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Fab block ( very similar to the one you made me for my Star of Africa quilt! I'm reading on Bloglovin and it's done something wierd with your formatting - some paragraphs are only a word wide - some are only a letter wide!!!!

Jessica said...

Sooo pretty! I love this!

Janine said...

This is a really pretty block and I love the way it repeats :)