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Star Block of the Month: May is the Amish 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 Amish Star, which uses no-waste flying geese and half square triangles.

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

We will be sewing two 12” blocks (12.5” unfinished) and making them 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:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Cool palette:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Warm palette:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Cut the following for each block:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

First we are going to make the flying geese using the no-waste method just like last month. Take your four 2 7/8″ background squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place two of the squares right sides together with the 5.25″ colour 1 square, sew a scant 1/4″ from each side of the line, then cut in half as below:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Press the triangle pieces away, then sew another background 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 background triangle away from the colour 1 piece, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Next we need to make half-square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the four 3.5” background squares, and put them in pairs with the 3.5” colour 2 squares. 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:

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

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

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial

Cut the sashing strips as below, then add them according to the block layout diagrams. The sashing strips are the same size for both blocks, only the layout is different.

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial


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

Amish Star Quilt Block Patchwork Tutorial


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

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