Nine Patch Star
Tips & Hints
This block uses the Moda Best Natural Swirls fabric and three jewel-tone prints.The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for June.
Cutting directions for TWO block are below:
I have provided foundation piecing templates for this block. Be sure you print them out with no page scaling so you get accurate foundations. Click here. Or you can use Patty's foundations in the file section of the Yahoo group. Hers have numbering. My PDF program (Cute PDF) simple wouldn't print the numbers. Or maybe it's an EQ7 thing. Patty has EQ6. Foundations are the easiest method, unless you have a Bi-rangle tool. I will provide instructions for making the star point units using the Bi-rangle and also an easy method for piecing the center quarter square triangle unit. If you are using the foundations, don't use the cutting directions, except the ones for the corner squares. Cut your fabrics large enough to cover the foundation sections and make sure the edges of your units are on the straight or cross grain of your fabric so they won't stretch.
For the center quarter square triangle unit, place a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" natural swirls fabric right sides together with a jewel tone 1 square of the same size. Draw a light pencil line from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of the natural fabric and sew a scant quarter inch seams on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and press toward the jewel tone fabric. Place these two units together matching the seams and having the jewel tone 1 fabric face the natural fabric. Draw a line from corner to opposite corner, perpendicular to the seam. Stitch a scant quarter inch seam on both sides of the line. Cut on the line and press the seams toward the natural fabric. All your seams should be going in the same direction and a little four patch will form in the center of the wrong side. Trim this to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", making sure that the seams come out exactly at the corners. Repeat for the second unit. Now you have a center square for each of your blocks.
Now we'll do the star point units. If you're doing a lot of these, like you want to make a whole quilt of this block, you can cut 2 1/2" strips and sew them together, then use the Bi-rangle tool to cut 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles to sew together. The angle of the strips must match the angle on the Bi-rangle tool. It is not a 60 degree angle. The method I used is for the small amount of triangles you will need for these block.
Take your 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles and put them together, right sides up, a jewel tone 2 or 3 and a natural swirls. Decide which jewel tone you want on the right of the unit and which on the left. On the rectangles for the right of the unit, cut a diagonal line from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. For the rectangles on the left of the unit, cut a diagonal line from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. The measurement of the rectangle (height twice the width) is what gives you the correct angle. Now sew your pairs of jewel and natural triangles together, diagonal sides matching. The skinny triangle points will extend slightly on both ends of the seam.
Press the units with the jewel tone 2 fabrics one way (toward the jewel tone, perhaps) and the units with the jewel tone 3 fabrics the opposite way (toward the natual swirls in this case). Trim these to 2 x 3 1/2" using your Bi-rangle tool. The line on the tool will line up with the stitched line and the tool has lines marking the sizes on it. For one set you will have to turn the ruler over. Cutting these units is a little trickier, as the ruler lines will be on the top, not the bottom, and they're harder to line up. Sew pairs of rectangle units, one with jewel tone 2 and one with jewel tone 3 together. Since the seams were pressed toward opposite fabrics, there will be less bulk. Press the seam open. Now you know what to do with your Bi-rangle tool, if you have one.
For the first row, sew a star point unit between two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" jewel tone 1 squares. Press toward the corner squares. Repeat for the third row. For the second row, sew a quarter square triangle unit between two star point units. Press toward the quarter square triangle unit. Join the three rows, pressing away from the middle row. Make one more block.
The block is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. You will be making two blocks for June. Please mail your blocks so they will be received by Patty before the end of the month.