Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scrappy Postage Stamp Star Tute

A while back Mary, sorry I don't know if she has a blog, emailed me asking how to make this block.  I promised her a tute.  I've been very slow getting to it but as promised here it is.
 You will need 36- 1 1/2" squares, 4- 4" squares cut on diagonal once for star points, a 7 1/4" square cut on diagonal twice for flying geese units with star points and 4- 3 1/2" squares for corners around star.

First sew your 36- 1 1/2" square into 6 rows of six.  Press these in opposite directions so the rows can but up against each other. 

Sew rows together to make 36 patch.
Sew one of the 4" triangles to a 7 1/4" triangle as shown. Do this with remaining 3- 7 1/4" triangles.
Next sew the remaining 4" triangles to the opposite side of the 7 1/4" triangles to make 4 flying geese units.

Arrange units into star as shown.  Sew into rows.  Then sew rows together. 
Your block should measure 12 1/2".  I made 12 for this quilt.  I then made two piano keyboard borders that measured 48 1/2" and two that measured 60 1/2".  Then I used this tute to make the mitered corners.  Hope this helps Mary.  Let me know when you make yours.  I would love to see it.

11 comments:

  1. Great block! The mitered corners on the finished quilt are very effective.

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  2. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I have a lot of centers already to go. Love it!! BTW, my blog is meatsmj.blogspot.com (Material Mary) go check it out!!
    Mary

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  3. Hot diggity I love this. Totally 100% appreciate this one. Got my imagination flying…

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  4. Lovely - thanks for the great tute!

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  5. Pretty, I found you over at Stash Maniure and I'm now following. Thanks for the tut.

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  6. Im new to your blog.I came here via Madame Samm's blog.Im learning slowly but surely.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Love this pattern - what a great stash buster! However my flying geese blocks are about an inch larger than the center block. Is this intention or do the blocks need to be trimmed to fit the center block?

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  8. love this block - what a great stash buster! However the flying geese blocks are about an inch bigger than the center block which measures 6" (and I made 36 of them all the same size). Do I need to trim them to fit or do I need to adjust the pattern while cutting?

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  9. Just did a postage stamp swap and have over 2500 of those lil Devils to use. Perfect way to use without the standard two thousand little squares in a row look!
    Thanks for the tutorial! And since we are at negative ten all week, and I am home with a sick grand girl, I can play! Joy

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