4.21.2015

How to: Morning Star Quilt Block - 30 Days of Sewing Quilt Blocks- Star Version

It's time for star quilt block #20! Today's fun quilt block is: Morning Star! I love this one, this is another one that would be super duper fun made giant, like the Christmas Star.

(I have included giant cutting instructions at the bottom of the tutorial.)




Cutting:
This block will finish at 12"x12" square.

White fabric:
4- 3 1/2"x3 1/2" squares
1- 4 1/2"x4 1/2" square
4- 2 1/2"x4 1/2" strips

Gray fabric:
4- 2 1/2"x4 1/2" strips
8- 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.
4- 1 1/2"x3 1/2" strips
4- 1 1/2"x4 1/2" strips

Red fabric:
8- 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.

Sewing:
Sew one 1 1/2"x3 1/2" gray strip to the top of one white 3 1/2" square.
Press.

Sew one gray 1/2"x4 1/2" strip to the left side of the unit from the previous step.
Press.

Repeat the previous 2 steps, make a total of four corner blocks.

Place one red 21/2" square on the upper left corner of one gray 2 1/2"x4 1/2" strip.
Sew along the diagonal line.
Trim 1/4" on the outside of the draw line.
Press toward the darker fabric.
Place one red 2 1/2" square on the upper right corner of the gray 2 1/2"x4 1/2" strip.
Sew along the diagonal line.
Trim 1/4" on the outside of the draw line.
Press toward the darker fabric.

Repeat, make a total of four gray and red flying geese units.

Repeat the previous steps using one white 2 1/2"x4 1/2" strip.
Make a total of four of these units.

Sew the two flying geese units together.
Press.
Make a total of four of these units.

Sew one corner block, one flying geese unit and one corner block.
Press.
Repeat, make two of these units.

Sew one flying geese unit, one white 4 1/2" square and one flying geese unit.
Press.

Sew the three rows together.
Press.

Now, if you want to make this a giant, 72"x72" block you'll need to cut the following fabrics:

Gray fabric:
4- 24 1/2"x12 1/2" strips
8- 12 1/2"x12 1/2" strips, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.
4- 6 1/2"x18 1/2" strips
4- 6 1/2"x24 1/2" strips

White fabric:
4- 18 1/2"x18 1/2" squares
1- 24 1/2"x24 1/2" square
4- 24 1/2"x12 1/2" strips

Red fabric:
8- 12 1/2"x12 1/2" strips, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.

To make this into a 96"x96" quilt you'll need the following fabrics:

White fabric:
5 yards

Red fabric:
1 5/8 yards

Gray fabric:
5 1/2 yards

Hope you all enjoy! 
 If you're sewing any of these quilt blocks make sure to share them on facebook and instagram using #pnq30quiltblocks
Make sure to check out our books for more inspiration and patterns: Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion QuiltingModern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.

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