January 30, 2012

Modern Monday - Block 19

Block 19 - Star
This is a double star block turned slightly to give it a vague-Mariner's Compass look. I was playing around with how to make this block "wonky" in the normal way we think of wonky and I just couldn't do it without either using templates or having a lot of waste leftover. So I decided to make it over-sized and trim it cock-eyed rather than making each unit wonky. I like the results and is something a little different!

I chose an orange, orange print, dark gray and white for my version.

  • From the orange print, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square
  • From the orange solid, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares. Cut each in half on the diagonal.
  • From the gray, cut 1 - 3 1/4" square. Cut in half on the diagonal twice to form an X.
  • From the white, cut 4 - 3 1/2" squares AND 1 - 4 1/2" square. Cut in half on the diagonal twice to form an X.
Here's the fabrics I chose. I'm running out of that orange print, I love it so much!
Lay out all your shapes as they will look once sewn.

First make the 4 star points. Sew the gray triangle to the white triangle, pressing to the gray. Since this is over-sized, the white will be quite a bit bigger.

Then sew on the orange, pressing to the orange.

Trim off the dog ears so the unit looks like this.
You can see it starting to take shape.

This is classic 9-patch construction. Sew in to rows, pressing so seams oppose.
Then join the rows together to make the block.

To trim, lay your 6 1/2" ruler cock-eyed on the block, making sure all four corners are not cut off. I pushed mine to the outer limits, but I realize that the orange star points will be cut off slightly by doing this. If that bothers you, don't rotate the ruler so far and pay attention so the seam allowance is a minimum of 1/4" beyond the points. Trim to 6 1/2" unfinished.


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