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WEEK 8: Stack of Stars

WEEK 8: Stack of Stars

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This is part 8 of a 13 part quilt-along series.  Find the rest of the posts in this series by clicking on the links at the end of this post.

Just in under the wire here we are at Week 8! This is one of 3 remaining blocks to make in this quilt-along. Can you believe it?!

This block is a combination of half-square triangles and easy corner triangles both of which we have encountered before. The standard is to cut 7/8" larger than the unfinished square size for HSTs but many of you on the Facebook chat mentioned cutting a full 1/2" larger so go with what makes you comfortable (if you go with the extra 1/2" you will be cutting 3" squares from your Layer Cakes).

Some notes:

  • Use a scant ¼” seam.
  • Depending on your cutting method, you may have extras each week of common sizes used throughout the quilt. I suggest you label a couple of plastic bags for “2½″ squares” and “2⅞” squares” so you can make use of the extras another week.

{from Stacks of Stars Quilt by Heidi Gwinn}

From 3 Layer Cakes, cut:

  • (12) 2⅞” squares
  • (8) 4½” squares

From background fabric, cut:

  • (2) 4½” squares
  • (12) 2⅞” squares
  • (40) 2½” squares



Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs)


  1. Pair (1) 2⅞” print square with (1) 2⅞” background square.
  2. Draw a line along the diagonal of the wrong side of one square.
  3. Sew ¼” away from each side of the drawn line.
  4. Cut apart at the line. Press towards the darker fabric and trim to 2½” square.

Repeat to make 24 HST units.

Make Easy Corner Triangles (ECTs)

  1. On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a pencil line along the diagonal of each 2½″ background square.
  2. Align background square with one corner of the 4½″ print square. Sew on the diagonal line.
  3. Trim 1/4″ away from the stitched line and press.
  4. Press.
  5. Repeat with the remaining corners.

Make 8 ECT units.

Assemble block corner units as shown. Make 8.

Assemble blocks as shown.

Make 2.

(2) 12 1/2" square unfinished Stack of Stars blocks.

WEEK 1: Intro to QAL + Fabric Reqs
WEEK 2: Prairie Rose Garden + 8 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 3: Tropical Punch + 6 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 4: Churn Dash
WEEK 5: Figgy Pudding + 6 Applesauce Cross
WEEK 6: Delectable Flowers
WEEK 7a: Alternate Delectable Flowers
WEEK 7b: Applesauce Cross
WEEK 8: Stacks of Stars {this post}