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December 11: Star of Wonder

December 11: Star of Wonder

Written by: 
hlong

I'm Heather of Coffee and Quilts and I'm thrilled to be sharing a block with you today for the Countdown to Christmas. I love star blocks and star quilts. There's just something about them that makes my heart happy. I've titled today's block “Star of Wonder” - I thought the corner units looked like paths leading to the star.

The placement of fabrics can have a huge impact on how this star block turns out – I went for darkest in the center and worked my way to light on the outside. I used five fabrics plus the background, but you can use less – make this block your own! I've including cutting instructions for all four sizes of the blocks – 6”, 12”, 18”, and 24”. Make sure you're following the right measurements throughout. I cannot wait to see all the variations.  

6" 12" 18" 24"
Center Square (cut 1) 2.5" 4.5" 6.5" 8.5"
Medium Pink Squares (cut 4) 1.5" 2.5" 3.5" 4.5"
Light Pink Squares (cut 4) 1.5" 2.5" 3.5" 4.5"
Light Green Half-Square Triangles (cut 4) 2" 3" 4" 5"
White Half-Square Triangles (cut 4) 2" 3" 4" 5"
White Squares (cut 4) 2.5" 4.5" 6.5" 8.5"
Dark Green Star Points Square (cut 8) 1.5" 2.5" 3.5" 4.5"

 

1. Make Half-Square Triangles:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each White Half-Square Triangle Square. Right sides together with Light Green Half-Square Triangle Squares, sew 1/4" on both sides of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line and press towards light green. Trim to 1.5” (6” block), 2.5” (12” block), 3.5” (18” block), 4.5” (24” block). Make 8.  

2. Make Corner Units:

Arrange (2) Half-Square Triangles and (1) Light Pink Square and (1) Medium Pink Square as Shown Sew Squares to Half-Square Triangles, press towards squares. Sew Pairs together. Each should measure 2.5” (6” block), 4.5” (12” block), 6.5” (18” block), 8.5” (24” block). Make 4  

3. Make Star Points

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each Dark Green Star Points Square. Arrange a Dark Green Star Points Square on a White Square as shown. Sew directly on drawn line. Trim 1/4" seam allowance, press towards Dark Green. Align a second Dark Green Star Point square as shown. Sew directly on drawn line. Trim 1/4" seam allowance and press towards Dark Green. Each should measure 2.5” (6” block), 4.5” (12” block), 6.5” (18” block), 8.5” (24” block). Make 4  

4. Assemble Block:

Arrange all units as shown. Sew units together into rows. Press. Sew rows together to make block. Press Block should measure 6.5", 12.5", 18.5" or 24.5" at this point. One 6", 12", 18" or 24" Star of Wonder block. Thank you for sewing along with me. I hope you enjoy this block as much as I do. You can follow along with my quilt adventures at my blog and instagram linked below. Heather Long blog: www.coffeeandquilts.blog instagram: @coffee_and_quilts

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