Solstice Stars Series : Two Colors Star

Welcome to week 5 of the Solstice Stars Series! This is our last star and I really hope everyone has enjoyed the series. Don’t forget you can catch up on all the previous tutorials by clicking on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of the page. Later this week I plan on posting some ideas for quilt tops, just to get those creative juices flowing.

Today we will be making the Two Colors Star. This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 454 and the original source of the design is Comfort, a periodical from Augusta, Maine that was published from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.

I had several thoughts when deciding how to make this star. In the end, I wanted this block to be accessible to all skill levels of quilter, so I opted for half square triangles (HSTs) and squares. I know this adds more seams, but again, I think this was the best method to reach everyone out there, including beginners. Let’s get started!

Two Colors Star Quilt Block Tutorial

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

Step 1. Cut your fabric. When cutting fabric for paper piecing, you will be cutting rectangles that will be larger than needed.

Pattern Piece Fabric
Corners Cut 4 4.5” x 4.5″ White/Background
Background Cut 6 3” x 3”, cut
Star Color 1 Cut 4 2.5” x 2.5” Color/Print 1
Star Color 1 Cut 4 3” x 3”, cut
Color/Print 1
Star Color 2 Cut 4 2.5” x 2.5” Color/Print 2
Star Color 2 Cut 2 3” x 3”, cut
Color/Print 2

Step 2. Take your white/background half square triangles (HSTs) and your print HSTs and sew them together into squares.

Step 3. Trim your HSTs to 2.5″ squares. Tip: Use the diagonal line on your quilting ruler as a guide down your seam. This ensures an equal trim on all sides of your square.

Trim first two sides:

Turn and trim other two sides:

Step 4. Layout your star as below:

Step 5. We will now assemble the tiny squares into larger squares, creating a nine patch square. Sew the sets of four, 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares together. This will create 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares as seen below.

Step 6. Sew your blocks together into rows.

Step 7. Sew your rows together. You’re done!

Be sure to post your block photos as well as any questions in the Flickr group.



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    February 15, 2012

    I liked each of your tutorials of the solstice stars series. I thought the name was wonderful, too. I’ll give them a try sometime. I’m curious to see what you will do with your blocks. Thanks for the tutorials.

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    Marian Griffin

    February 15, 2012

    Yay! Excited to make this today! Thanks again!

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    Marcia R.

    February 15, 2012

    I’m sad to see this series end! Fortunately I bought a different color series of my fabrics so that I can make them all over again!

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    February 15, 2012

    Ok, now to figure out how to do this one without using hst’s! That darn polka dot fabric I bought is making me work harder 😉

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      February 19, 2012

      I think that you could use the Pat Speth Nickel Square technique for this one.

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    Sue Bone

    February 15, 2012

    I’m going to use 4.5″ rectangles of 2 and 6.5″ rectangles of 1 and some 2.5″ squares of background to make double half square triangles.

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      February 15, 2012

      Sounds great Sue! I can’t wait to see it!

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    February 15, 2012

    Another lovely block!!!! Unfortunately I have run out of grey fabric!!!!, Imaging the drama!, So I couldn’t finish last week block and can’t even touch today’s block!. To make matters worst I have received today the grey fabric I ordered and I chose the wrong tone!. So, i will be watching how you are having fun with this block on the Flickr group! I am so sad!!!!!!!.

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    February 16, 2012

    I’m looking forward to your ideas for the quilttop!
    Lovely block once again and such good pictures for every tutorial you have made.

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    Charlotte E

    February 16, 2012

    Thanks for making this accessible to beginners. The paper pieced stars seem a bit too hard for my skill level but this is perfect!

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    February 17, 2012

    Thank you for your wonderful patterns. You do a fabulous job on the tutorials.

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    February 19, 2012

    This has been fun. I think I am ready to tackle a paper pieced block tomorrow.

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    Brenda Sturges

    February 22, 2012

    Nice block and great colors! Can’t wait to see the rest.

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    July 6, 2012

    In the quilt lay out ideas there are a few more stars than you show how to make, are they all from the same book?

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    October 15, 2012

    Step 5. We will now assemble the tiny squares into larger squares, creating a nine patch square. Sew the sets of four, 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares together. This will create 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares as seen below.

    Lost me here, I am ashamed to say. I don’t see sets of four 2.5 x 2.5 I must admit I am somehow confused with this pattern. The idea is right in my head (feeble as it is), but the dimensions have me confused as well.

    Brain Dead in Wyoming

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      October 16, 2012

      Hi Terry – if you see the photo just above Step 5, that shows the sets of 4, 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares. Top row, middle set. Middle row, all sets. Bottom row, middle set.

      The photo just below the text you pasted (in Step 5) shows the “after picture”, after you’ve sewn those little squares together to form the 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares.

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    Kimberly Ann Ledesma

    January 17, 2016

    Love quilting


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