Star Block of the Month: November is the Album Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Album Star, on Monday, 9 November, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Album Star, which uses no-waste flying geese with a snowball block in the centre.

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:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cool palette:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Warm palette:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cut the following for each block:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
First we will make the snowball block for the centre of the star. Draw a diagonal line across each of the four 1.5″ colour 1 squares and place them in the corners of the 4.5″ background square. Sew along the lines and trim, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the triangles away from the background, and square up if necessary:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Next we are going to make the flying geese using the no-waste method. Take your four 2 7/8″ 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:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Press the triangle pieces away, then sew another colour 2 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 background piece, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make an 8.5” block:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cut the sashing strips as below, then add them according to the block layout diagrams.
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Attach the 8.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 12.5” strips to the sides:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
That’s it for this month – see you in December!

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