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Star Block of the Month: February is the Ribbon Star!

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. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. Take it away, Charlotte!

I can’t believe it’s February already! This time in the Star Block of the Month we are sewing the Ribbon Star, which is made up of half square triangles and a simple economy block in the centre.

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

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, with the specific shades listed in the tables below. The blank areas are sewn from background fabric.

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Cool palette:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Warm palette:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

For each block, cut the following:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

First, we are going to make the centre of the block, which is a simple square-in-square, or economy block. Begin by drawing a diagonal line across the wrong side of the four 3” x 3” coloured squares:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Line up one edge of the 3 3/8” background square with the diagonal line drawn on the colour 1 square, and sew. Trim 1/4” away from the sewn line and press seam towards the coloured fabric:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Repeat with the other coloured squares, making sure that they are in the correct order:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Trim to 4.5” square, making sure that the points where the seams intersect are at least 1/4” away from the edge, otherwise you will lose them in your seam allowance when you sew the block together.

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Next we need to make half-square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the four 3.5” x 3.5” background squares, and put them in pairs with the 3.5” x 3.5” coloured squares as below:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

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:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Press with 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:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

You will have a total of eight HSTs, two in each colour:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram, then sew together to make an 8.5” block.

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Cut sashing strips from background fabric:

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

Add the sashing according to the block A and B 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.

 

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

 

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

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