Easy Scrappy Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make the Scrappy Star Quilt Blocks

    Scrap Quilt Block Pattern
    Make a batch of scrappy blocks to use leftover bits of fabric. Janet Wickell

    Sew Scrappy Star Quilt Blocks

    This easy scrappy star quilt block pattern goes together quickly when you sew just two different types of quick-pieced units. To make a block like the design in the illustration, try to keep the lights, mediums, and darks arranged as shown, but be as scrappy as you want to be when assembling the individual units.

    The instructions are for one 12-inch finished quilt block that's sewn from pieces small enough to find in your scrap basket.

    Suitable for quilters of all...MORE skill levels, beginning to experienced.

    Scrappy Star Block Cutting Chart

    Lightest Fabric outermost edges

    • Cut two, 3-7/8" squares
    • Cut four, 6-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles

    Medium Light Fabric inner portion, four corners

    • Cut two, 3-7/8" squares

    Scrappy Medium Fabric Assortment adjacent to outer edges

    • Cut eight, 3-1/2" squares

    Scrappy Dark Fabric Assortment center of quilt

    • Cut four, 3-1/2" squares
    • Cut two, 6-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles

    The straight grain should run parallel to the outer edges of all pieces.

    Beginning quilters, refer to:

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  • 02 of 04

    Assemble Half Square Triangle Units

    How to Make Half Square Triangle Units
    Make four half-square triangle units. © Janet Wickell

    Make Four Half Square Triangle Units

    Make four half-square triangle units by combining the lightest squares and medium light squares. Use my quick-piecing instructions to assemble the triangle squares.

    Each completed unit should measure exactly 3-1/2" square. If units are too small, make sure pressing was adequate.

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  • 03 of 04

    Assemble Quick Pieced Flying Geese Units

    How to Make Quick Pieced Flying Geese
    You'll make Flying Geese units of differing color value. © Janet Wickell

    Make Quick Pieced Flying Geese

    The next unit you'll need is called Flying Geese. Like half-square triangle units, there are lots of ways to assemble the geese. This method is quick and simple -- and perfect for scrap quilts.

    You'll sew the flying geese in a couple of different color value combinations.

    1. Gather the four lightest rectangles and eight medium squares. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse of each square.
    2. Align a medium square with the end of a light rectangle,...MORE right sides together and diagonal line as shown in the illustration above. Sew a seam directly on the line.
    3. Trim away the excess fabric that extends past the line, leaving an approximate 1/4" seam allowance. Press to set the seam.
    4. Flip the end triangle right side up, pressing the seam allowance towards the rectangle. Repeat, sewing another medium square to the opposite side.
    5. Make a total of eight flying geese that combine your medium light and medium fabrics.

    Now Combine the Dark Fabrics

    1. Make two more flying geese, in the same way, but this time sew with the darker fabric squares and rectangles.
    2. Sew the two dark flying geese units together lengthwise with a 1/4" seam allowance, the wide (center) triangles pointing towards each other. Press the seam allowance either direction.
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  • 04 of 04

    Assemble the Scrap Star Quilt Block

    Create rows, then sew rows together to complete the block. © Janet Wickell

    Sew the Rows Together to Complete the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange the block components into three rows as shown above.
    2. Sew components of each row together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
    3. Press adjoining seams in opposite directions, then join the rows to complete the block.