4.03.2015

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

When I told you yesterday that I was going to be starting this tutorial series I was really excited, because I knew it would take me to new places creatively, but I also knew that I wasn't going to stick to the traditional star blocks. Today I'm proving just that! Today's block is called Navajo Star, this block goes together quite quickly and can create some really cool quilts.

Cutting:
This block will finish at 12" square.

White fabric:
4- 2 1/2"x6 1/2" strips
4- 2 1/2"x4 7/8" strips
(cut 2 with a 45* angle like the illustration below)
(cut the remaining two with a 45* angle like the illustration below)
2- 2 7/8"x2 7/8" squares
(Cut in half diagonally)
2- 4 7/8" squares
 (Cut in half diagonally.)

Gray fabric:
2- 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares
(Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.)
1- 5 3/16" square, cut in half diagonally twice, will make four triangles.

Pink fabric:
2- 2 1/2"x2 1/2" squares
(Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of these.)
1- 5 3/16" square, cut in half diagonally twice, will make four triangles.

Sewing:
Unit 1.
Place one pink 2 1/2" square on the left side of one white 2 1/2"x6 1/2" strip.
Sew along the diagonal line.
Trim 1/4" on the outside of the line.
Press.
Use a gray 2 1/2" square and make one unit exactly like this.
Repeat the process above with a 2 1/2"x6 1/2" white strip and a 2 1/2" pink square, this time the pink square will be on the right side of the unit, refer to the illustration above.
Make one gray unit exactly like this.
Sew the units together, side by side.
Press the seam open.
Make one gray and white unit exactly like this.
Set these units aside.

Unit 2.
Sew one pink triangle, cut from the 5 3/16" square to the left side of one white 2 1/2"x4 7/8" angled strip.
Press toward the dark fabric.
Make one gray unit exactly like this.
Repeat the process from the previous step, this unit will be the mirror image. Make one pink and white unit and one gray and white unit.

Unit 3.
Sew one white 2 7/8" triangle to the right side of one pink triangle.
Press toward the dark fabric.
Make one gray and white unit exactly like that.
Repeat the process above, making a mirror image of the pink and white unit.
Press toward the dark.
Make one gray and white unit exactly like that.

Sew unit 2 & 3 together.
Press.
Then sew a large white triangle to the right side of this unit.
Make a gray and white unit exactly like this.
Press.
Sew one left and right unit together.
Make one gray and white unit exactly like this.
Press the center seam open.
Sew the unit 1 to the bottom of the unit from the previous step.
Make one gray and white unit exactly like this.
Press.
Sew the gray and white units together.
Press the center seam open.

Now, what type of quilt can you create from this block?
 For this cool 96"x96" version I rotated every other block. It's really cool to see the interesting secondary pattern that comes to life.

 This version is like the one above, but for this version I used all pink instead of gray.
And this version the blocks are all set horizontal. It's another cool quilt.

To make this quilt 96"x96" square you'll need the following fabrics:
White fabric -
9 1/2 yards
Pink fabric -
2 yards
Gray fabric-
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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