Saturday, July 12, 2014

Constellation Quilt Along Part I: Wonky Stars

Welcome back to the Constellation Quilt Along.

Today, we are going to make some wonky stars. For the Constellation Quilt, the finished blocks will be 4 1/2", but you can also make wonky stars in other sizes for other projects. For this project, cut four strips of the background fabric and 3 strips of the star fabric 2" x the width of fabric (42"+). Cross cut these into 72 2" background squares and 45 star fabric squares. Cut 36 of the star fabric squares once on the diagonal.

Lay a triangle of the star fabric right sides together on a background square. The longest side should extend from one side to a neighboring side with the corners sticking off the sides. Stitch with a 1/4" inch seam along the long side of the star fabric triangles.

Press the star fabric toward the corner.

Flip the square over so the wrong side is upward. Cut off the portion of the triangle that extends beyond the square.

Flip the square back over so the right side is facing upward. Fold the star fabric triangle away from the corner it was covering. Lay a ruler along the longest edge of the star fabric triangle, and cut off the background fabric corner, leaving a 1/4" seam.

Repeat the process with a neighboring corner by first placing a second star fabric triangle.

Then, press toward the corner.

Flip over, cut of the fabric that extends beyond the square, and flip back over again.

Remove the extra background fabric from the corner.

Lay out a nine patch made from four double stitch and flip triangles, four background squares in the corners, and a star fabric square in the center. Sew it together with 1/4" seams.

See you next week for the continuation of the Constellation Quilt Along.

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  1. Super cute and great description and supporting photographs! So your directions make 9 of these blocks? Also, what a perfect background fabric. :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, the directions make nine 4 1/2" finished blocks. However, you could make any amount of stars in any size by cutting eight background squares and five squares for the star (Cut 4 on the diagonal.) To figure the size, take your desired finished size, divide by three, and add 1/2". Cut each square this size. As to the background fabric I used, I love it when my hoarding pays off.

  2. Wonky stars are my favorite of the Wonky Family!

    1. The Wonky Family, tee hee, I never thought about it that way before.