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Solstice Stars Series : Another Star

We are now at week 3 of the Solstice Stars Series! Today we will be making a star with a very unassuming name, Another Star. This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 347 and is attributed to Beth Gutcheon’s Perfect Patchwork Primer.

When I first picked this star, I thought it looked simple enough. I didn’t anticipate any trouble figuring out the pattern. Then I sat down on Saturday and looked a bit closer. Hmmm, look at those pieces around the center, they are all equal length. Which one to sew on first? Looked like a y-seam situation. I weighed the option and decided to allow a bit of cheating for that. (You’ll see in the tutorial, hopefully the quilting purists aren’t too upset with me!)

Then I continued on making the block according to my measurements and at the end, discovered by blocks was 1/4″ to 1/2″ too small. Back to the drawing board. After another failure, I turned to Photoshop to try figuring out the exact sizes that way.

That’s where my “friend”, Mr. 1/8th of an inch came in. Normally when I see a pattern that has measurements down to the 1/8″, my eyes start to glaze over and I begin thinking of happy pursuits…like Downton Abbey. I don’t know why, it’s just another mark on the ruler. But if you want this block to be exact, you will need to use those 1/8″ markings. Once I did, my block did indeed come out to measure 12.5″ and look lovely. So on that note, let’s get started!


Another Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece Fabric
Center Cut 1 4-1/8” x 4-1/8” Background/White
Strips Cut 3 5-1/8″ x 1-1/2” Print/Color
Short Strip A Cut 1 4-1/8” x 1-1/2” Print/Color
Short Strip B Cut 1 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” Same color as Short Strip A
Block Corners Cut 4 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” Background/White
Star Points Cut 4 3-5/8” x 3-5/8” Print/Color
HST Background Cut 2 3-5/8” x 3-5/8” Background/White

Take all of your 3-5/8” x 3-5/8” squares for star points and the HST background and cut them diagonally into half square triangles.

Step 2. First we will sew the strips around the 4-1/8” x 4-1/8” center square. This is the part where I mentioned we were going to cheat a bit. Hopefully everyone is ok with that. :)

Layout your strips around your center square.

Take your shorter strip (Short Strip A, 4-1/8” x 1-1/2”) and sew to the bottom of the center square.

Continue to sew on the left and top strips, as you would a log cabin block.

For the final side, sew the 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ square to the end of the remaining side strip. Then sew the final side strip to the block, making sure you align the matching fabric seams.

At this point your center square should measure 6-1/8″ x 6-1/8″.

Step 3. Since I am a visual person, I find it helpful now to layout the rest of the block pieces before we continue.

Step 4. Let’s sew together the top left and lower right points. Take your corner square. Gently iron press the block in half and then in half again the other direction, so you can see the center of the block. You could also make a mark using a water soluble pen.

Step 5. Place one of your half square triangles (HSTs) right side together with the corner square. Align your point to the center line you marked. Sew together. Make sure you are sewing along the long side of the HST, and not the short side which you are probably used to doing.

This is what your corner should now look like.

Step 6. Repeat with the other HST.

Repeat for the other corner. Your block layout should now look like this.

Step 7. Now we will make the top right and lower left corners. First repeat the previous steps and sew on your HSTs to the corner squares.

Step 8. Take your background HSTs and sew them to the sides of the star point section.

Your section should now look like this.

Step 9. Repeat for the other side. Your layout should now look like below.

Step 10. Almost done! All that is left is to sew on the corners of the block to the center. First sew the top left and lower right to the center.

Step 11. Next sew the remaining top right and lower left to the block. Square your block to 12.5″ x 12.5″ if necessary.

Congratulations! You are done!

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62 Responses to “Solstice Stars Series : Another Star”

  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    Can’t wait to try my hand at this block!

  2. 2
    Gillian says:

    Once you’ve seen how it’s done, it looks fairly easy, I would never have known how to sew this without your tutorial, thanks a million.

  3. 3
    Adele says:

    This is fabulous and I agree with Gillian… I would never have known how to piece this without your very clear tutorial, looks easy peasy!! Thanks for another beautiful star.

  4. 4
    Jess says:

    What a great star block – I was a bit scared of the complexity of the last paper pieced one ;)

  5. 5
    Anita says:

    How adorable! I love that block. =) Thank you for another cute tutorial!

  6. 6
    Paula says:

    Great tutorial and such a pretty block!

  7. 7
    JustPam says:

    I love your solution to that pesky Y seam. Pretty block.

  8. 8
    Lindsay says:

    This star is super cute!

  9. 9
    Lou says:

    beautiful block and you have totally taken ‘most’ of the scare factor away, but there’s no way I could attempt it after watching the last Downton Abbey, I was too distraught by the end of it, I couldn’t even see my TV let alone a 1/8″ seam ha! I will have to do this after I watch ‘Big Bang Theroy”! xo

  10. 10
    Becky says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I am loving these stars! All you need is a partial seam. I just did a tutorial last week that had a partial seam. I’ll try to take pictures and post on my blog about the partial seam, if you don’t mind. They’re really quite easy!

  11. 11
    Cheryl says:

    I am going to use this series to make a set of placemats for my mom. Thanks for creating a link at the top to keep them all together!

  12. 12
    Katie says:

    Thanks Faith, I’ll be making mine this afternoon!

  13. 13
    Jessica says:

    It’s gorgeous – I think this one is my favorite!

  14. 14

    Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

  15. 15
    Charlotte E says:

    Thanks for another fab tutorial. I think this is my favourite star so far and I love the fabric.

  16. 16
    Kim says:

    Pretty!!! I will be working on this and last weeks tomorrow :o) Thanks for the great tutorial!!!!

  17. 17
    Rachel says:

    This is such a pretty and modern take on a star! I can see a whole quilt of these :)

  18. 18
    Cat says:

    I had fun making this one, but am going to try it again this weekend, as my version fell shy of finishing at 12.5 by 12.5. Oh well, I am following your series because, as an infrequent quilter, this is a great opportunity to practice skills and practice that dastardly precision: precise cutting, precise stitching, precise pressing. And precise ain’t exactly my middle name.

  19. 19
    DaMommie says:

    Rachel is right very pretty and modern. Gotta get back to quilting, my first love!

  20. 20

    wonderful! just finished making mine and it turned out great! Thanks for such clear directions to what could’ve been a really tricky block! love it.

  21. 21

    Impressive! I like you you introduced your friend, Mr. 1/8″

  22. 22

    I love this block! I am going to make one this weekend for part of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild block swap. Thanks!

  23. 23
    Kathy says:

    You have some of the easiest tutorials to follow. I checked out the sampler tutorials and now I understand the paper piecing! I’m following you on FaceBook. Thank you so much!

  24. 24
    Carrie P. says:

    Great looking block and great tutorial.

  25. 25

    Thank you for that fantastic tutorial!
    The block is awsome, if I squint it almost looks as if the center were whirling!

  26. 26
    Mayke Waddell says:

    I love the fresh and modern look of the block – and great tutorial too. Thank you for sharing!

  27. 27
    Judith says:

    You are such a clever, creative gal! Your tutorials are so well done and inspire me to “just do it” even though it may look very complex. Thanks so much:)

  28. 28
    kwiltpharm says:

    I have made half a dozen quilts with the Bright Hope block, how come I never thought to “cheat” and put a square in the corner and avoid the partial seams?!?!? Thanks for the idea!

  29. 29
    Brittany says:

    LOVE LOVE your fabric choices for the stars! Would you mind sharing what they are?

  30. 31
    Nancy says:

    If you are doing lots of paper piecing, invest in an Add-a-Quarter ruler. They come in 6″, 12″, and 18″ long. 12″ is what I would buy first. Makes life easy-peasy. I use the Judy Niemeyer method – requires a thin straight edge for the fold back (strip of template plastic or file folder cardboard works). Make sure it is the factory edge.

  31. 32
    Carey says:

    Hi
    An easy way to do the centre square without having to do a rectangle plus square for the pink strip is to cut all 4 strips as rectangles the same size. Start with the pink strip and only sew half way along and do a little back stitch, leaving the part of the strip that would overhang free. Then, working anti clockwise, sew on the blue strip, then the green, then the dark blue, then finally finish sewing the pink strip.

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      Doreen says:

      Precisely the method I use. I don’t “play well” with those tiny pieces…LOL! Absolutely love this block and can see a QOV in my future using this….Thanks so much for the fab tute!!! Hugs, Doreen

  32. 33
    Celine says:

    Thank you very much for a great tutorial, I have just made one star and will be making more for my bee. I have posted a picture of the star I have made while linking back to you. Thanks again. I love how it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is to make.

  33. 34
    Nita says:

    I loved making this star! For the star points I used some leftover 9-patches and just cut them up. It gives the whole square a scrapy/wonky look. Love it! I would send a picture in comments, but don’t know how.

  34. 35
    JL says:

    Why not sew a partial seam on your first “log” put on? That way you don’t have that square to sew on the last “log” & a seam through the first color.

    • 37
      Faith says:

      Yep! You can do a partial seam too! I think there is a link to a tutorial someone wrote for that method at the top of the comments.

  35. 36
    ANN DANKS says:

    Hi Faith As usual you’ve devised an easier way to do a star. I love your fresh fabric choices too

  36. 38
    nicky says:

    can’t wait to try it

  37. 39
    Barbara says:

    Thank U soo much. I love this block.

  38. 40
    Maxine Miller says:

    The tutorial was perfectly done. I made the back ground diagonal insets larger and then simply cut off the excess. I also made the half-square triangles 1/8″ larger and then cut them to size after applying each.

  39. 41
    Nancy Nieuwsma says:

    is there any way of printing just the pattern and directions without all the very nice comments?

    • 42
      Faith says:

      Hi Nancy,

      When you print, select to just print the first 5 pages or so (do a print preview to make sure you are getting all the directions).

      Hope that helps!
      Faith

  40. 43
    patricia brandmeyer says:

    i’d like instructions for this quilt block but don’t want to print all the comments How do I do that ?

  41. 44
    janet says:

    I love this block and have promised a “star quilt” for a newborn. I have 8 bright prints FQs. Could also machine embroider in the center sq. Think it would work for a baby quilt or would the blocks be to big?
    Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!

  42. 45
    mary biggs says:

    Ineed yardage onanother star

  43. 46

    thank you for making the pattern so easy to understand. I am anxious to get started on this quilt. The bigger blocks are much easier to work with for me as I have RA and can’t work very fast any more. Keep up the good work and hope to see more easy quilt patterns to work on.
    Cheryl Roberson

  44. 47
    Louise says:

    I love your patterns and would love to print them out for later use, but do not see a print emblem for doing it. Please include one if you can. Thank you.

    • 48
      Faith says:

      Hi Louise – thank you! I do not offer PDF downloads to print of my free patterns and tutorials. (Only my for-purchase patterns). There is a huge level of effort involved for that and I just don’t have the time, unfortunately. You can print the webpage (File -> Print). Just be sure to only print the first few pages so you don’t get all the comments.

  45. 50
    Janice Kinshella says:

    OK, I just love this star. You got yourself a follower.

  46. 51
    Sarah Cureton says:

    Love your bright hopes star block, it’s beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

  47. 52
    Carlee says:

    This is a really great star block. Not one you see everyday. Tutorial is great and easy to follow. Keep up the good work.

  48. 54
    anita lansberry says:

    love trying new star blocks….Thanks

  49. 55
    Mary says:

    Hello Faith from Chicago, this is Mary from NZ. Brilliant tutorial, have done these ghastly little corners before and you have just opened up a world of possibilities. Thank you, thank you.

  50. 56
    elnisi says:

    this would make a nice table runner, the star is like the various Indian stars
    I have seen, and I have a fair amount of scraps that would work. I think
    I will do some for next Christmas.
    I got this from the Favequilts piecing it together [mail@favewuilts.com]
    love this star ,you did a great job on both the star and the tutorial.
    ever think of going on TV?

  51. 57
    Karen Barrie says:

    YOU JUST SAVED ME FROM HAVING TO SEARCH FOR A PROJECT TO DO FOR 2014 !!! MY HEART IS RACING…JUST THINKING WHICH FABRICS TO USE !!!

    THANKS A MILLIONS….MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH STITCHES OF LOVE TO ALL !!!

  52. 58
    Lori says:

    Hello!
    Wanted to let you know I was looking for a “different” star
    block I needed for a 12.5″ block swap.
    I made this and …BEAUTIFUL! Yes, exact measurements & 12.5″
    Thanks for the great tutorial and ‘easy-to-follow’ directions!
    I am going to add you to my side bar of crafting/sewing blogs.
    Blessings~
    Lori

  53. 59

    Great star. Perfect for the project I am doing.
    valspierssews

  54. 60
    Laura P says:

    Great tutorial for directions. I’m going to make this one!

  55. 61
    Dorothy says:

    To print only what you want, highlight that part-(drag your mouse over it, and will turn darker color) , click on PRINT, and choose SELECTION , and hit PRINT. Then you will print only the part you want….

  56. 62
    Sharon Phaagan says:

    I just found you from a group I belong to Pat Slones I really like the stars Will make a great scrappy quilt

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