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Star block with Jennie Rayment

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Eight Pointed Star - 10” block

Cut from background material
Four 3” squares for the corners
One 6¼” square - cut diagonally into four triangles

Cut Two 3” x 13” strips for the Star sections

1. Lay both 3” x 13” strips R/S or W/S together.

2. Place the 45° line on the rotary cutting ruler along the short edge of the strips and make a 45° cut.

3. Measure 2 ¼” from this cut edge and cut two diamonds. Repeat three more times.

4. Carefully open out the diamonds keeping the correct grains of the fabrics together - bias to bias and straight to straight etc.

5. Sew long edges of the diamonds first. Press seam open very gently if you must.

6. Stitch two sets of the diamonds together to form half the star. Trimming ‘ears’ as you go.

7. Insert one the background triangles cut from the 6¼” square. Remember it is a Y seam or inserting technique. Sew towards the outside edges remembering to leave a ¼” gap at the start of the seams

8. Sew the two halves together - leaving a ¼” gap at the start and end of the seam.

9. Insert the four 3” squares in the corners.

10 Press gently and admire.

For 12” block

Cut from background material
Four 3½” squares for the corners

One 7¼” square - cut diagonally into four triangles

Cut Two 3½” x 15” strips for the Star sections. From these strips cut four sets of 2 5/8” diamonds

 

 

An 8 pointed star can be a challenge with it's inset or Y seams  but as always Jennie makes it all look easy;   very comprehensive instructions (and workshop notes) and if you do it her way you will have a great result.

Jennie gives you alternatives for two different sizes -10" and 12" blocks .

You will also find out how to use your ruler to cut long diamonds and use the angles too. - did you always wonder why they were there!

This star was an alternative block for the corners but really does stand up on it's own.

If you would like to learn more about the Rosebud Fayre quilt, you can enjoy the taster by clicking here: in this Jennie & Val talk about  making this lovely quilt in installments ; it is perfect for beginners but there will also be some challenges for those more accomplished sewers.

The name Rosebud Fayre was taken from the range of fabrics that were used designed by the UK company  Makower - the Henley Quilt Studio

 

We have another workshop on inset seams from Jennie in which she uses the tumbling block as an example. click here to enjoy it

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