Sunday, November 3, 2013

Starstrip Block {Tutorial}

It's my turn again for Imagine @ Do. Good Stitches Bee!
 This is large block based off of a jelly roll block, however, I've adapted it to use up some of those strips and leftover jelly rolls you have in your scrap stash!

However, if you don't have a stash that you can pull from, you can easily cut some strips off from any of your WOF pieces or fat quarter pieces!



Strips/jelly roll cuts at least 36" long. However, 18" long pieces would work also.
Center star fabric measuring 6.5" x 8"
Ruler with 30 degree measurement or Template A 
Template B (both downloadable templates HERE)


Gather enough strips to stack up to 8.5 inches after piecing with 1/4" seam allowance.   

Stack and piece so that you have a rectangle that is at least 8.5" high by 36" 
or TWO rectangles measuring 8.5" by 18".  You can stack higher and trim the height back if you are one of those quilters that like a little breathing room.

Cut four 8.5 x 8.5 blocks from the rectangle (s).

Cut a 6.5" x 8" rectangle from low volume stash.  I chose one with dark and light blues in it.

Cut into four triangles that measure approx 3.75" wide and 6.5" high.

Using your ruler or triangle template A.

 Cut a 30 degree angle to create the first triangle, then 90 degree cut to cut the second. Another 30 degree cut for the third, and then a 90 degree to complete the set of 4. 
You will have a bit of strip leftover. 

Cut the bottom right block using the 30 degree ruler.  Line up the 30 degree mark along the bottom and have it cross at the 3.5" point from the bottom left.  
You can also use the template triangle B (.pdf here) as a guide.

Line up your low volume triangle along the cut edge. 

Be sure you have some overhang on both ends.

Piece and press and trim any excess so the block is 8.5" square.

Repeat three more times.  The corner will always be the right bottom.

Flip and arrange using the photo above to get the "star" in the middle.  

I think this will be a lot of fun! 
 I have a few mock ups of what this could potentially look like if you do ROYGBIV colors.

or use a ton of low volume and have the centers as colors! 

  Full scrappy could be a lot of fun too!
A LARGE block at 16.5" that can make up a full quilt pretty quickly!

1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love this block in Black, white a and grey!
    The ROYBGIVE is gorgeous!


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