Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Step 1 of the Sew your Stash Along

If you are following along with the Sew Along that I announced last week HERE. You will notice that it is called the "SEW YOUR STASH ALONG" and is meant to help you use up your stash. I had a birthday recently and I decided to buy the new Christmas fabric bundle from Fig Tree. And while I was at it, I picked up 2.5 yards of the cream with green print for the background and .5 yards of the tiny red check for the binding.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. But aren't we supposed to use our stash!?!?! Technically, if I bought it and then put it in my sewing room, it's now part of my stash isn't it? Hey, I tried to stress that the 'rules' were merely suggestions. I wanted an excuse to buy this fabric and I've always wanted a Christmas quilt for my bed and it was MY BIRTHDAY!!! So now that we've cleared that up...

Let's start with Step 1

I chose the red holly fabric for my center star, the cream for the background and the tiny check for the accent fabrics for the first block. The red stripe is just for background (I bought the rest of the bolt of the stripe, not for this project but just because I love ticking. And did I mention it was my birthday?)


I cut the 4 1/2'' square from the background and accent fabrics (layered right sides together). Then cut them diagonally to create the four triangle pairs.

I then cut the half square triangles from the background and accent fabrics (layered right sides together) for the four corner units.

And I cut the four triangles from the 3 1/2'' strips from the star fabric (shown top left with the triangle unit pieces) as well as the eight triangles from the 3 1/2" strips for the flying geese. They are shown on the 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' background rectangles for the flying geese.


 Sew the corner unit triangles along the long side of the triangles, using a 1/4'' seam allowance. Press toward the dark side. Make 4.

Sew a triangle to each of the flying geese background pieces as shown above. Using a 1/4'' seam allowance from the edge of the red triangle. I have a seam line marked on my sewing machine that helps with this. Trim away the excess, press away from the background. 

 Repeat on the other side. Make 4.

Block Assembly

For the center units. Sew along a short side of the background accent triangles (the ones created from the square that was cut into four triangles) and press toward the dark side. Layer these with the star fabric triangles as shown above. Center the triangles on top of the pieced units so that the corner point lies directly on top of the sewn seam of the bottom unit. Use a 1/4'' seam allowance. Press toward the star fabric side. Make 4.

Trim the units to 3 1/2'' as shown above. Be careful to keep the seams in the corners when trimming.

This is what your four center units will look like once they are trimmed. If your units have the background and accent fabrics place differently than mine, no worries! Your star may spin the opposite direction, but does that even matter? Not a bit!

Arrange the units as shown by spinning them. Now sew them together like a four patch.

Pinwheel press the seam allowances (full instructions on page 95 in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets.)

Voila! The center of the star! This should measure 6 1/2''. Trim if needed.

Arrange the center, corners and flying geese as shown above. Sew these together like a nine patch.

This is how I press the seams.

Now the block measures 12 1/2''. It's ready for the sashing!

Arrange the sashing strips (two at 2'' x 12 1/2'') and (two at 2'' x 15 1/2'') as shown above. Sew the shorter two on opposite sides of the star. Press toward the sashing. Then sew the two remaining strips to the opposite sides and press toward the sashing. It will now measure 15 1/2'' square. Trim if needed.

I hope you like your pretty star block! Again, these are merely suggestions, feel free to make any star block you like, or any block at all for that matter. Have fun and tag me if you share them on Instagram or Facebook. Or email the photos to me at butterflythreadsquilting@gmail.com and I will share them!

Printable instructions for the STAR BLOCK.

The next step will be shared on the first Friday of October. All of the following steps will be shared on the first Friday of each month until we are done. I'm already working on Step 2 but you'll just have to wait.

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. I feel we can justify anything when it comes to quilting. And, Happy Birthday!

  2. Your newer fabric stash fabrics are lovely. It's a sweet block. And a great big Happy Birthday!

  3. Could not download the block as a pdf. The Kelly Michele pattern is great too!


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