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Star Block of the Month: March is the Folded 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!

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Folded Star. It’s a slightly more complicated block, but to compensate there is only one of them.

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

We will be sewing one 12” block (12.5” unfinished) and making it up to 18.5” (unfinished) with sashing.
This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric.

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

The cool palette uses Bluebell (colour 1) and Regatta (colour 2):

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial 

The warm palette uses Meringue (colour 1) and Papaya (colour 2):  

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Cut the following for each block:

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

First, we are going to make the centre of the block, which is a simple square-in-square, or economy block. First, cut the two 3” x 3” colour 2 squares in half diagonally. I like to starch them before cutting to minimise the wibbly bias edge effect.

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Sew the triangles to the 3 3/8” colour 1 square as shown below, then 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.

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial 

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

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork 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. 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. You will have a total of twelve HSTs, eight in colour 1 and four in colour 2:

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Assemble the four corner patches of the block using one 2.5” background square, two colour 1 HSTs and one colour 2 HST:

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Now we are going to use the 5.75” squares to make quarter square triangles (QSTs), or hourglass blocks. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the two 5.75” background squares, and put them in pairs with the 5.75” colour 2 squares. Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of squares, cut along the line to make HSTs and press towards the coloured fabric:

 

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Place the HSTs right sides together in pairs so that the coloured fabric is against the background fabric and draw a diagonal line (perpendicular to the seam):

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of HSTs, and cut along the line to make QSTs. Press the seam open and trim each block to 4.5” x 4.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with one diagonal seam:

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Repeat to make four QSTs:

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make a 12.5” block.

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

Add the sashing according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 12.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 18.5” strips to the sides.

 

 

Folded Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

 

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

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Kathy - January 20, 2022

Can we get pictures of the “star block of the month” like were given for January?

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