I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! She’ll be teaching a new block the first week of every month on The Daily Stitch and the second Monday of the month in our West Hampstead shop. If you’re following along at home, you can read more about this project here and here or pick up a kit here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. Take it away, Charlotte!
Welcome to the Star Block of the Month! We are starting off with a nice, straightforward block made with half-square triangles (HSTs) – the Lemoyne Star.
We will be sewing two 8” blocks (8.5” unfinished) and making them up to 12.5” (unfinished) with sashing. The sashing is identical in both blocks.
This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block, with the specific shades listed in the tables below. The blank areas are sewn from background fabric.
Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the four 3.5” x 3.5” background squares, and one each of colour 1 and colour 3. Put the squares together in pairs as below:
Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of squares, then cut along the line to make two HSTs:
Press the seam towards the darker fabric and trim to 2.5” x 2.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with the seam:
Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram, then sew together to make an 8.5” block.
Add the sashing as below. Attach the 8.5” x 2.5” pieces first, press, then add the 12.5” x 3.5” and 12.5” x 1.5” strips.
Repeat, to make a pair of blocks: