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Scrapping Star Block Tutorial

This star block is the block I made from this quilt I discussed yesterday.

If you are sitting on top of pile of scraps consisting of 2.5″ and 3″ squares, along with some low volume strips, this one is for you!

I don’t know about you, but my 2.5″ and all even numbered squares, I find very hard to use.

My block was inspired by the floors in this picture.

Encaustic or Cement Tile with a star pattern, black and white, via @himanshuccivil and @ihavethisthingwithfloors:

Credit to this image can be found here.

This block could look quite a bit differently if you are not being quite so scrappy, even maybe have a little pinwheel effect happening, but for my purposes it was about unburdening scraps.

What you need

For this block, you will need.

(HST tutorial can be found here)

(4) 2.5″ HST with print on print

(8) 2.5″ HST with print and low volume

(4) 2.5″ low volume squares

(4) 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles

(4) 2.5 x 6.5″ rectangles

A word about the borders around the block

I prefer this method of making a border around my block over sashing.  My reasoning is I can’t chain piece as quickly sashing than I can these type of borders.  Also, this method of bordering the block allows for more scrappiness and wider spaces of negative space which I usually like, and more than anything it just looks more modern to me compared to sashing.  I’m not saying I never sash (I definitely do), but I prefer this to sashing is all.

Sewing the pieces together

We will make four patches first.

You will need 1 of your low volume squares, 2 of LV/Print HST, and 1 Print/Print HST.

Lay them out as shown in the image above.  Sew the top row together, then the bottom row together, then sew the two rows together.  I pressed all my seams open (I always do when dealing with HSTs).

Repeat this step 4 times until you have (4) 4-patches.

Time to sew on those little borders.

Sew the 4.5″ rectangle on first.  It doesn’t matter what side you sew it on as long as you don’t sew it on the sides that have the print/print HST.

Press your seam towards the rectangle.

Next, sew on the 6.5″ rectangle.  Press your seam towards the rectangle.

Now you should have something that looks like this.

Sew this to to the other pieces that look like this exactly the way you did before.

Sew each row first then sew the rows together.  Press seams open.

And that oughta do it.

If you read yesterday’s post, I told you exactly how many star blocks and all the other details to make this quilt.  Now that you have the Scrapping Star block tutorial you are ready to go.

I have someone on my Christmas list who I will be remaking this quilt for much later this year.  The difference will be I’m going to replace all the low volumes with blues to replicate the color of sky and then the stars in low volumes and pale yellows, so inverted a bit.  I hope I remember!  She’s really into naming stars in the sky and I thought this one might be perfect.

Helpful Links

Quilt Reveal of the Scrapping Star Quilt

How I store my scraps

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