Last week I wrote a tutorial for a Double Churn Dash Block. I enjoyed making it and writing the blog post. Plus, it was for a group quilt so I set about dispatching it. I quickly reviewed the attributes of the contributions - white background, check. Bright colors, check. 9.5" unfinished, check. Star block. What? Oh yes, I did forget to cover that detail. I had to think of something, make it and send that puppy off, STAT.
9.5" star -
- Cut two blue and two white 3 7/8" squares.
- Cut four 3.5" white squares.
- If you are making it single, cut one 3.5" blue square.
- Now cut out small star
3.5" star -
- Cut two blue and two white 1 7/8" squares.
- Cut four 1.5" white squares
- Cut one 1.5" blue square
Whenever you have a square that ends in 7/8 it is probably going to be cut into triangles. You could cut it in half right now and make those. BUT if you sew it first and then cut, your triangles will be true to measure.
Any fabric cut on the bias will stretch and get a bit wonky.
Draw a slight pencil line on the white bigger squares for both stars. Place them on top of a blue square. If they aren't sticking together, iron them. It works for me.
I use my quarter inch seam foot to sew a line on each side of the pencil line.
Now that they are sewed and secure, I clip along the line. I press toward the blue fabric and clip the dog ears.
Sew the rows together in the small block first. Press so seams go in opposite directions. Place the small star as the center block of the large star.
Sew the rows together, press carefully to reduce bulk. Don't have seams with the seam on the same side.
And ta-da! You are finished. This block goes together faster than the double churn dash as there is a bit less piecing.
I was happy that I had read all the directions and could sign my name to the block and mail it off.
The teacher in me hated that I had not done the previous assignment correctly.
I hope it doesn't hurt my grade!
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