Traditional Tuesday - Block 19

Block 19 - Star
This star is deceptively easy to piece even though it looks kind of like there should be a Y-seam in there! I like the layered look that you get depending on color placement. Experiment with value when determining what colors to use. You might find a combination that you like better than this!

I used a dark blue print, a light blue print and white for the background. If white is too stark for your quilt, a cream or light tan also looks nice with blue.

  • From the light blue, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square AND 1 - 3 1/4" square cut on both diagonals to create 4 triangles.
  • From the dark blue, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares, cut in half on the diagonal.
  • From the white, cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares AND 1 - 3 1/4" square cut on both diagonals to create 4 triangles.
Here's my fabrics. Seems like the more I use up, the more scraps I have!
Once cut, lay out all the elements as they will look when the block is complete.
First sew the 4 star point units. Sew the small triangles together, pressing to the dark. Then sew this to the large triangle, pressing to the dark.

When sewing triangles, especially if your fabric is a bit stretchy, I find it helpful to use a stiletto to guide the fabric through without shifting. I use an orange stick found in the health and beauty section because it has a beveled edge making it easy to hold the fabric steady as it moves through the machine. Also, because it is made of wood rather than metal, it won't break needles if it accidentally gets too close! This is one of my most favorite tools.
The finished star point unit. It measures 2 1/2" square. Trim dog ears.
Here's the block with all the units sewn together. Oops, I have one turned wrong! That would be a totally different block if they were all turned like that. I wonder....
Sew together with 9-patch construction - sew into rows and join the rows to form the 6 1/2" unfinished block. Press so seams oppose.
This is my last blue and white block for January! Wonder what I'll do for February? Red would be just too obvious don't you think?!


  1. Love this little star. I wouldnt mind a bit of red for Feb.


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