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Finishing the Star Block of the Month Quilt! #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! This is our last post in the series – we’ve completed 12 blocks together in 2015 and now it’s time to put them all together and finish our quilt tops! If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. We can’t wait to see your finished quilts! Take it away, Charlotte!

Hello! We’ve reached the exciting part of our BOTM journey where we finally get to make a quilt top from all our beautiful blocks! Because the quilt uses blocks of different sizes, there are a couple of tricks to getting it all to fit together.

Star Block of the Month Quilt from The Village Haberdashery

The first thing you need to do is cut six 6.5″ squares of your background fabric. These will be used to fill in a few spaces in the design. Next, separate your blocks into five piles, each of which will make up a section of the quilt top. Add the 6.5″ background squares to the required sections.

Section 1:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Section 2:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Section 3:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Section 4:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Section 5:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

The sections fit together as below:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Sections 1, 3 and 4 can be sewn together simply, but Sections 2 and 5 are a bit more complicated because they require the use of partial seams (shown by the black square). This is not as scary as it sounds – it just means that you can’t sew the bits together in the usual way. First, sew the 6.5″ square and the star block together, starting your stitching at least 3″ away from the edge of the seam:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Sew the next star block to the bottom edge, stitching the complete seam:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Then add the next star:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

And the next:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Finally, finish sewing the part of the first seam that you left open at the beginning:

Star Block of the Month Quilt on The Daily Stitch

Stitch all five sections, then sew them all together. Measure the short edges of your top and cut 2.5″ sashing to exactly that length. Pin the strips in place, sew and press. Measure the sides and add sashing in the same way. Taking the time to measure and pin helps to eliminate any waviness that can otherwise creep in around the edges of the sashing.

And that’s it! Thanks so much for joining me this year, and I hope you enjoy your quilt!

Here’s a picture of Charlotte’s finished quilt!

Finished Star Block of the Month Quilt

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Star Block of the Month: December is the Puzzle Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Puzzle Star, on Monday, 14 December, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! We’ve almost reached the end of our starry journey, and are finishing with a nice simple block – the Puzzle Star

This block is made up entirely of half-square triangles, and we will be making two 12 inch blocks (12.5 inches unfinished), without sashing. This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Cool palette:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Warm palette:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Cut the following for each block:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Let’s make those HSTs. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the eight 4.5” background squares, and put them in pairs with the colour 1 and colour 2 squares:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair, then cut along the line to make two HSTs:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Press with the seam towards the darker fabric, and trim to 3.5” x 3.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with the seam. You will end up with eight HSTs in each colour:

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Lay out the pieces according to the block diagram and sew together. Easy peasy!

Puzzle Star Tutorial from the Star Block of the Month

Stay tuned for next week, when I’ll be showing you how to join all your blocks together to make the quilt top.

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Star Block of the Month: November is the Album Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Album Star, on Monday, 9 November, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Album Star, which uses no-waste flying geese with a snowball block in the centre.

We will be sewing two 8” blocks (8.5” unfinished) and making them up to 12.5” (unfinished) with sashing. This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cool palette:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Warm palette:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cut the following for each block:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
First we will make the snowball block for the centre of the star. Draw a diagonal line across each of the four 1.5″ colour 1 squares and place them in the corners of the 4.5″ background square. Sew along the lines and trim, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the triangles away from the background, and square up if necessary:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Next we are going to make the flying geese using the no-waste method. Take your four 2 7/8″ colour 2 squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place two of the squares right sides together with the 5.25″ background square, sew a scant 1/4″ from each side of the line, then cut in half as below:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Press the triangle pieces away, then sew another colour 2 square to each of these two pieces, stitching a scant 1/4″ away from the drawn line as usual. Cut each of these in half, press the background triangle away from the background piece, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make an 8.5” block:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Cut the sashing strips as below, then add them according to the block layout diagrams.
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
Attach the 8.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 12.5” strips to the sides:
Star Block of the Month on The Daily Stitch
That’s it for this month – see you in December!

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Star Block of the Month: October is the Double Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Double Star, on Monday, 12 October, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Double Star, a nice straightforward block made up of squares and half-square triangles (HSTs).

We will be sewing one 12” block (12.5” unfinished) and sashing it to 18″ (18.5″ unfinished). This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

The cool palette uses orchid (colour 1), candy blue (colour 2) and capri (colour 3):
Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

The warm palette uses petunia (colour 1), candy pink (colour 2) and valentine (colour 3):

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Cut the following for each block:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

We need to make a boat-load of HSTs for this star. Sort your 3.5″ squares into three piles: six of background + colour 2, six of background + colour 3, and two of colour 2 + colour 3:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Make HSTs in the usual way by drawing a diagonal line across the wrong side of the lighter square, sewing a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair, then cutting along the line to make two HSTs:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Press with the seam towards the darker fabric and trim to 2.5” x 2.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with the seam. You will end up with 28 HSTs:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Add the sashing according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 12.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 18.5” strips to the sides.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

That’s it for this month – see you in November!

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Star Block of the Month: September is the Another Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Sawtooth Star, on Monday, 7 September, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Hello, and welcome back to the Star Block of the Month. This time we are making the Another Star (yes, it really is called that). We will make two 12 inch blocks and sash them to 18.5 inches (unfinished).

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Cool palette:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Warm palette:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Cut the following for each block:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

First, we are going to make the centre of the block, which is a simple square-in-square, or economy block. First, cut the two 4” x 4” colour 4 squares in half diagonally. Sew the triangles to the 4.75” background square, then trim to 6.5” square, making sure that the points where the seams intersect are at least 1/4” away from the edge, otherwise you will lose them in your seam allowance when you sew the block together.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Now we are going to use the 4.75” squares to make quarter square triangles (QSTs), or hourglass blocks. First, draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the background and colour 2 squares, and put them in pairs as shown:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of squares, cut along the line to make eight HSTs, and press seams to the side:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Place the HSTs right sides together in pairs as below (this is very important!) and draw a diagonal line (perpendicular to the seam):

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of HSTs, and cut along the line to make QSTs. Press the seam open and trim each block to 3.5” x 3.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with one diagonal seam and the 1.75″ mark is in the middle of the block:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Repeat to make eight QSTs:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make a 12.5” block.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Add the sashing according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 12.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 18.5” strips to the sides.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

That’s it for this month – see you in October!

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