Sunday, May 11, 2014

Block Tutorial: Builder's Star

Today, I'm sharing a tutorial with you for a block that is similar to a Carpenter's Star:

Builder's Star Tutorial

This block is 12.5" square, so it will finish at 12" square when sewn in a quilt.

For one block, you'll need:
White
(16) squares 2" x 2"
(12) rectangles 2" x 3.5"
(1) square 4.75" x 4.75"

Floral (center star)
(8) squares 2" x 2"
(1) square 3.5" x 3.5"

Purple Solid
(4) squares 3.5" x 3.5"
(4) rectangles 2" x 3.5"
(8) squares 2" x 2"

Pink Print
(8) squares 2" x 2"
(1) square 4.75" x 4.75"

Builder's Star Tutorial

Chevrons - Make 4

Each Chevron is composed of a pair of flying geese made with the white and purple fabrics.

Builder's Star Tutorial

With your favorite marking tool, mark lines diagonally on the backs of 8 purple and 8 white 2" x 2" squares. You'll also need 4 white rectangles and 4 purple rectangles.

To make the flying geese units, follow these instructions:

Builder's Star Tutorial

Builder's Star Tutorial

Sew pairs of flying geese together. Press seams open.

Builder's Star Tutorial

Builder's Star Tutorial


Star Points - Make 4

The Star Points are simply flying geese units with the white fabric and floral print. To make them, follow these instructions:

Builder's Star Tutorial

As before, repeat steps on the other side with another floral print square to finish flying geese units.

You're getting there!!

Builder's Star Tutorial

Corner Units - Make 4
The corner units are made from a number of pieces. You will start with the 4.75" x 4.75" white square and 4.75" x 4.75" pink square.

With your favorite marking tool, mark lines as shown on the white square. Mark two lines diagonally, corner to corner, and two lines vertically/horizontally through the center of the square.

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Pin the white square to the pink square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal lines.

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Cut along the straight lines.

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Cut along the diagonal lines. 

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Press open. You'll now have 8 half-square-triangle units (HSTs).

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With your favorite marking tool, mark lines diagonally on 4 white 2" x 2" squares. Mark lines diagonally on the back of 8 pink squares. Then follow these instructions to create 4 square units:

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For final assembly of each corner unit, you'll need (1) square unit, (2) HSTs, (1) white square 2" x 2", and (1) white rectangle 2" x 3.5".

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Sew the HSTs to the white background pieces. Then sew to the square units.

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Final Assembly

Sew the chevrons to the star points.

Builder's Star Tutorial

Builder's Star Tutorial

Lay out the pieces as shown:

Builder's Star Tutorial

Sew pieces together in rows, then sew rows together.

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Builder's Star Tutorial

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful Builder's Star.

Builder's Star Tutorial

12 comments :

  1. must try this, such a detailed tutorial and the fabrics you have used look sooooo good

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  2. Nice tut! Thanks for sharing. The block looks really neat.

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  3. Love your fabrics/colors. Great tut.

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  4. Very pretty star block. Thanks for sharing. I am going to give it a try.

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  5. Beautiful block and gorgeous colors. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  6. Lovely block and I love the fabrics you have used!

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  7. Amy, this is gorgeous! Great work with the tutorial, too.

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  8. Beautiful and clear tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  9. This is a gorgeous block and your tutorial is excellent. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

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  10. This is a beautiful block! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  11. I think I have to try this one. Thank you for such a great tutorial, the pictures and write up are very helpful.

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  12. Magnífico tutorial para una preciosa Estrella.
    Gracias por mostrarlo!!
    Abrazos.

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