March

I joined  a quilt block bee, the We Bee Learnin, back in January and I thought I’d show March’s block because it’s kind of nice.  I really like it at least.   March’s leader wanted a wonky star and I can’t remember where I came across this version but I figured out how to do it myself.  It’s very easy because the block is a 12″ (finished size) block.  So, the largest squares are 3″ (fin).  The middle sized star is made from 2″ (fin) squares and the tiny star is made from 1″ (fin) squares.  The little star was a bit fiddly but it all came together pretty easily.

I started out by making the tiny star and trimming it to 3.5″.  Then I made the middle sized star and trimmed it to 6.5″.  All the other squares were 3.5″ (unfinished).  So, the 3 squares around the tiny star were assembled.  That square (trimmed to 6.5″) was sewn to the aqua star.  Then the top half of the block was assembled in rows and then you sew the top to the bottom half and “Bob’s your uncle”, as they say. (That’s pretty goofy way of saying, “all finished”)

I wonder if there’s an easy way to create these points.  I cut triangles and then put them right sides together (with the white base square) where when sewn and folded over I thought they’d fit.  I used a ruler to hold down the long edge of the triangle to simulate it sewn down.  Then I folded over the triangle to see if it covered the white base square.  If it didn’t reach, I adjusted where the triangle was and tried again.  That seems a bit ‘hit and miss’.  I did notice that if you had the triangle points falling off the base square by about half an inch, then folding it over usually worked.  A quilt of only blocks like this would be pretty nice I think.  I wouldn’t be looking forward to all those tiny stars though.

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ps. Here are the January and February blocks I made:

January

February

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10 Comments on 12″ triple wonky star block

  1. Mary Ann says:

    I relly like the wonky star block…:)

  2. P. says:

    I really like that block, Rita. I think it’d make a cool quilt too.

  3. elle says:

    Yes, indeedy. That is a lovely collection of stars!

  4. Holly McLean says:

    The wonky stars is one of my favorite blocks. someday I will make a quilt with it. Yours is pretty.

  5. Mrs.Pickles says:

    Still love that star block. I did take a look at the close up to see the bee…so cute!

  6. sheila says:

    Great block and it sounded like quite a lot of work to accomplish but well worth it . I like the name of your group :-)

  7. Nita says:

    Love this block. I’m going to make one for a stars quilt I’m working on.

  8. Oh I love LOVE the triple wonky colors! mmmmm

    ~Monika

  9. Susan Barker says:

    I think there is a ‘knack’ of doing those stars, perhaps the instructions are in one of Gwen Marsden’s books — I did some of that kind of thing a few years back — well maybe 10 years or more ago and I was using her book…

  10. Régina says:

    Your triple star block is awesome, I put it on my Pinterest board, hope you’ll get a lot of hits on your blog from them.

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