Saturday, 4 May 2013

Wonky Star Block Tutorial

This block is easy, fun and quick.  It's also a great block for beginners.

It finishes at 12.5" and is basically a 9 patch.
To make it you will need:

8 x 4.5" squares background colour ( I've used cream)
1 x 4.5" square for the center. (blue)
8 x rectangles in a contrast colour.

The rectangles can measure anything from 2 to 3" wide and any length.  It's a great block for using up scraps and you don't need to be too fussy about measuring the rectangles.

Start by taking a background square and laying a rectangle across as shown in the photo.
Make sure you leave at least 1/2" at the top so as you do not loose your points when putting the block together.   The rectangle can be laid at any angle - in fact vary on each of the 4 squares as it makes for a more wonky star.
Stitch using a 1/4" seam.  Do 4 of the background squares like this. Chain piecing makes the block go together quickly.
Trim the excess on the squares and press the seam.
Square up to 4.5".  Do all 4 squares like this.

Next take another rectangle and lay it across on the opposite side as shown in the photo.
Stitch as before ....

Trim off the excess and press.

Square up to 4.5"

Now lay out the block like this using the other 4 background squares and the center square.

Sew together in rows then sew the rows together.  I press these seams open.

Et voila!  the finished block.

These blocks can be made to any size you wish.

The blocks in this quilt are 12.5" and I've set them on point with simple 9 patch blocks.

I used the same method to make the cute little cornerstone blocks.

I used 2" squares to make up this block and they finish at 5".

This is another wonky star baby quilt I made. .
I snowballed one corner to create the diamonds in the middle and set them straight.
A great block for using up charm packs or scraps.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your stars!


Luz2Quilt said...

As always - beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Your quilting is awesome.

Dar said...

I loved your tutorial and the colors of your wonky stars are great!! What a neat idea for a quick baby quilt. Thanks so much.

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