Tutorial: Square-In-A-Star-Block

This blog post relates to this tutorial I did for continuous seams…

Look at these pillows I made!  These are for the Halloween season.

Not sure if this block has another name, but I’m calling it Square-in-a-Star!  Lyrical, poetic block-naming talent just flows through my veins, what can I say?

So here’s the block:

If you would like a 12inch finished block, here are the measurements for one block: (16inch block measurements below).

A – One square 3 1/2 inches (3 inches finished)

B – Cut two 5 3/8inch squares into 4 triangles.

C-  Cut one 5 3/4inch square into 4 triangles**

D – Cut one 5 3/4inch square into 4 triangles**

** Do not do a short cut for assembling quick QST (quarter square triangle) blocks.  It won’t work – I tried.  It won’t work because you will always need the C unit to be on ONE side of the D unit.  If you do the shortcut you’ll have mirror imaged blocks like a FOOL.  Just cut out the triangles and sew them together to make the two QSTs into one HST (half square triangle).

E – Four 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles in the same fabric as unit D.

And here are the measurements for a 16-inch finished sized block.

A – One square 4 1/2 inches (3 inches finished)

B – Cut two 6 7/8inch squares into 4 triangles.

C-  Cut one 7 1/4inch square into 4 triangles**

D – Cut one 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch square into 4 triangles**

** Do not do a short cut for assembling quick QST (quarter square triangle) blocks.  It won’t work – I tried.  It won’t work because you will always need the C unit to be on ONE side of the D unit.  If you do the shortcut you’ll have mirror imaged blocks like a FOOL.  Just cut out the triangles and sew them together to make the two QSTs into one HST (half square triangle).

E – Four 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles in the same fabric as unit D.

If you would like to adjust these measurements to make a different sized finished block, just remember… whatever finished size you would like this unit:

…you’ll need to take that number and add  1 1/4 for the QST units.  For example, if I’d like the square to finish to a 4 1/2 square, then I will need to cut make my C and D units from a (4 1/2 + 1 1/4) 5 3/4 inch square.

and you’ll need to add 7/8 inches for the HST units.  For example, if I’d like the square to finish to a 4 1/2 square, then I will need to cut make my B units from a (4 1/2 + 7/8) 5 3/8inch square.

If you’d like, you could make the A square be of the same fabric as the D and E units.  Just another option!

Assembly Instructions:

Sew triangles C and D together, always making sure you keep C on the same side of the D unit.  (Always to the left if you look at the block this way…)

Sew the C/D HST unit the the B unit.

Sew E to the C/D/B unit.

To finish the rest of this block, refer to this blog post.  (Sorry to make you jump posts, but it’s just easiest this way.  I’m not digging for blog hits or anything, I don’t make money off of this blog).

There you go, dears!  Enjoy!

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