Star Block of the Month: April is the Native Star #starbotm

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. The Native Star class is this Monday, 13 April at 6:30pm and you can sign up here!

If you’re following along at home, you can catch up with March’s blockFebruary’s block and January’s block and 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 back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Native Star, and learning how to make flying geese using the no-waste method.

We will be sewing two 8” blocks (8.5” unfinished) and making them up to 12.5” (unfinished) with sashing.
This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:

Cool palette:

Warm palette:

Cut the following for each block:

Let’s make those no-waste flying geese! First, take your four Colour 2 squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place two of the squares right sides together with the 5.25″ background square, sew a scant 1/4″ from each side of the line, then cut in half as below:

Press the triangle pieces away from the background, so that you end up with two sort of heart shaped things:

Next, sew another coloured square to each of these two pieces, stitching a scant 1/4″ away from the drawn line as usual. Cut each of these in half:

Press the coloured triangle away form the background, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″. You will have four lovely flying geese blocks and no annoying little wasted triangles. Win!

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make a 8.5” block.

Cut the sashing strips as below, then add them according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 8.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 12.5” strips to the sides.


That’s it for this month – see you in May!

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