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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75 Comments

  1. Reply

    Debbie

    February 1, 2012

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

  2. Reply

    Gillian

    February 1, 2012

    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. Reply

    Adele

    February 1, 2012

    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. Reply

    Jess

    February 1, 2012

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

  5. Reply

    Anita

    February 1, 2012

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

  6. Reply

    Paula

    February 1, 2012

    Great tutorial and such a pretty block!

  7. Reply

    JustPam

    February 1, 2012

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

  8. Reply

    Lindsay

    February 1, 2012

    This star is super cute!

  9. Reply

    Lou

    February 1, 2012

    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

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    Becky

    February 1, 2012

    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!

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    Cheryl

    February 1, 2012

    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. Reply

    Katie

    February 1, 2012

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

  13. Reply

    Jessica

    February 1, 2012

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

  14. Reply

    Jen of Quality Sewing Tutorials

    February 1, 2012

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  15. Reply

    Charlotte E

    February 1, 2012

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

  16. Reply

    Kim

    February 1, 2012

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

  17. Reply

    Rachel

    February 1, 2012

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

  18. Reply

    Cat

    February 2, 2012

    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.

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    DaMommie

    February 2, 2012

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

  20. Reply

    Marian Griffin

    February 2, 2012

    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. Reply

    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    February 2, 2012

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

  22. Reply

    Jessica Pierre'auguste

    February 3, 2012

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

  23. Reply

    Kathy

    February 6, 2012

    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. Reply

    Carrie P.

    February 6, 2012

    Great looking block and great tutorial.

  25. Reply

    Barbara Orozco

    February 6, 2012

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

  26. Reply

    Mayke Waddell

    February 6, 2012

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

  27. Reply

    Judith

    February 6, 2012

    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. Reply

    kwiltpharm

    February 7, 2012

    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. Reply

    Brittany

    February 8, 2012

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

    • Reply

      Faith

      February 9, 2012

      Of course! I am using Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line for all my blocks.

  30. Reply

    Nancy

    February 9, 2012

    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. Reply

    Carey

    February 10, 2012

    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

      December 29, 2012

      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. Reply

    Celine

    March 13, 2012

    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. Reply

    Nita

    March 22, 2012

    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. Reply

    JL

    April 9, 2012

    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.

    • Reply

      Faith

      April 9, 2012

      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. Reply

    ANN DANKS

    April 9, 2012

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

  36. Reply

    nicky

    April 13, 2012

    can’t wait to try it

  37. Reply

    Barbara

    April 24, 2012

    Thank U soo much. I love this block.

  38. Reply

    Maxine Miller

    June 17, 2012

    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. Reply

    Nancy Nieuwsma

    August 20, 2012

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

    • Reply

      Faith

      August 20, 2012

      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. Reply

    patricia brandmeyer

    August 20, 2012

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

  41. Reply

    janet

    August 20, 2012

    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. Reply

    mary biggs

    August 21, 2012

    Ineed yardage onanother star

  43. Reply

    Cheryl Roberson

    August 22, 2012

    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. Reply

    Louise

    October 16, 2012

    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.

    • Reply

      Faith

      October 16, 2012

      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. Reply

    Janice Kinshella

    April 21, 2013

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

  46. Reply

    Sarah Cureton

    August 19, 2013

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

  47. Reply

    Carlee

    August 19, 2013

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

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      Carlee

      August 19, 2013

      Just great. Thanks

  48. Reply

    anita lansberry

    September 22, 2013

    love trying new star blocks….Thanks

  49. Reply

    Mary

    November 30, 2013

    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. Reply

    elnisi

    December 21, 2013

    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. Reply

    Karen Barrie

    December 21, 2013

    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. Reply

    Lori

    January 30, 2014

    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. Reply

    valspierssews

    February 8, 2014

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

  54. Reply

    Laura P

    February 13, 2014

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

  55. Reply

    Dorothy

    July 13, 2014

    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. Reply

    Sharon Phaagan

    August 19, 2014

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

  57. Reply

    Claudia

    February 2, 2015

    Wonderful. Thanks for share the star I”ve looked for so hard. I’m so happy, you can’t imagine!

  58. Reply

    Pamela Forsberg

    March 7, 2015

    You are a very good teacher. I understand how to make it.

  59. Reply

    Marcia

    September 15, 2015

    I was disappoint you didn’t have a printer friendly version, the first 11 pages were coments, only 7 were pattern, easy to understand but not paper friendly. You need to make them printer friendly .

    • Reply

      Faith

      September 23, 2015

      Hi Marcia – my free patterns and tutorials are a service I provide, digitally only. If you’d like to print a tutorial in the future, when you print, only print the first few pages rather than “all pages”. That selection will be in your print dialog box. Thanks!

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    Joyce

    November 12, 2015

    Love love love love love, this, wish I could print in order to have right beside me when trying to make this block.
    Is it possible to have it printer friendly?

    • Reply

      Faith

      November 12, 2015

      Hi Joyce – Check out the comments above in the tan colored boxes. When your print dialog box comes up, just select to print the first 8 pages or so. That will get you the directions and not the comments. Unfortunately, due to the number of free patterns and tutorials on my blog, I am not able to provide PDF downloads for my all my free patterns. Just not enough time in the day, and also the traffic to my site from these patterns is what funds the site’s existence, and lets me keep writing patterns for all of you. 🙂 Thanks!

  61. Reply

    Edda

    November 18, 2015

    Beautiful block!

  62. Reply

    Eileen

    January 2, 2016

    I love this star. So many possibilities depending on choice of fabrics. Thank you.

  63. Reply

    Karol

    September 17, 2016

    Just came across this page today. I love the star block. Starting with a partial seam on one side of the center square would allow you to piece that all around the square with strips of the same length, thus eliminating that extra square.

  64. Reply

    Anne Pardieck

    March 18, 2017

    How can I get your previous patterns for this quilt along? I need to catch up!

  65. Reply

    Marlene Ambrister

    August 31, 2017

    I would like to enlarge this to make an ~ 36/36 quilt. I will fussy cut the center. The material is of world maps and I will applique on N – S – E – W. Never had to adjust a pattern and I LOVE this one as it is exactly what I need with what I have i mind.

    Thank you in advance!

    • Reply

      Faith

      September 1, 2017

      Hi Marlene – that sounds like it will be amazing! I’d love to see a picture when you are done! Enlarging a pattern like this is no quick and simple task. I would suggest you grab some graph paper and sketch out the size you need and start testing from there. 🙂

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