June 5, 2010

*star sampler* block 1

It's here! The first block and it's super easy! I'm gonna give you a little hint with these, STARCH!!! You will have a bunch of bias edges in this block and it will make your life just a smidge easier and your triangles a little less distorted. All seams are 1/4" and your block should measure 12 1/2" square.

What you will need:
  • 4 - 4 1/2 inch squares

  • 1 - 5 1/4 inch square cut twice diagonally

  • Print 1 (mine is fleur de lis):
  • 2 - 4 7/8 inch squares cut ONCE diagonally

  • Print 2 (mine is the dark color):
  • 1 - 4 1/2 inch square

  • 1 - 5 1/4 inch square cut TWICE diagonally

  • You're going to start by sewing your triangles from the 2nd print to your solid triangles. Make 4 of these. Press your seams toward the darker side or open if you prefer.

    Next, you're going to add the pieces from the above step to the triangles from your first print. Make 4 of these. Press seam toward the print you just added or open.

    Now arrange your block like so:

    Stitch your rows up and press your seams toward the solid square on each row, this will make them nest nicely when you sew them. You can also press them open if you prefer. Your finished block will look like this:

    Since all 16 blocks are going to be different you only need to make one! Block 2 will need a duplicate print, just so you're aware. I would save your favorite prints for block #3, it's pure awesome and would look awesome with all prints, you will need 2 duplicate squares for this block if you choose to do all prints, if not, just one duplicate will be needed!


    1. Looks good! I always use starch for those bias edges. I used to have a tendency to really stretch them out.

    2. Such a cute block -- I can't wait to get started! We're having houseguests arriving today for a week, so I'll have to postpone the start up, but my fabric is ready to go and I'll catch up next week.

    3. oh Audrey....I think you are going to make me cave and do another quilt along...lol. Super cute block! And it's only one per week, right? What's one more thing on my plate....right? You see, I'm trying to talk myself into this, cuz I love my pinwheel sampler so much....ok ok..I think I'm in. I just gotta grab a layer cake..... :)

    4. Audrey! I'm in! I'm not using a layer cake. Going to use some of my Michael Miller fabrics. This this will make a great quilt for my son! Loving that block. This will be my first attempt with triangles. I've never used starch. Does anyone know how to make your own??


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