Christmas Star Quilt Tutorial

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Now onto the tutorial….A post from Kelli–

This post has been updated to add more pictures:

As promised, yesterday and a year and a half ago, I promised you a tutorial for the Christmas quilt I made.  So grab your 2.5″ strip bucket and rotary custter, and without further ado, here it is!

This is the quilt…

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To make it you need to make this block.  I know-you are thinking but that doesn’t make a star.  Trust me, it will.

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Step 1--What you need

1.  To make one block, you will need 2-2.5″ red squares, 4-2.5″ green squares, 6-2.5″ squares, and 4-2.5″ half square triangles.  I used my easy angle ruler to make the half square triangles with 2.5″ strips, however if you would feel more comfortable using a different method, you may. (The most common method other than an easy angle ruler is to cut squares at 2 7/8′, draw a line on the diagonal and sew on each side of the line.  Cut then on the line.)  If you don’t know how to use an easy angle ruler, here is a link that shows you how.

Step 2--Red Points

2.  To make the block, we will be making 2 parts.  The first part is made up of a red square, neutral square, and 2 half square triangles.  Assemble the pieces as shown.  Press to the red or neutral square (path of least resistance).  Join and press.  To make one block, make to of these star point parts.

Step 3--4 patch

3.  This is the second part that will be needed for the block.  Make a basic 4-patch using green and neutral squares.  Press to the green squares.  You will need two of these parts to complete the block.

Step 4--Block Layout

4.  Assemble the block as shown.  The block should finish at 8.5″ when completed and 8″ when added into the quilt.

Step 5--Completed Block
Although you won’t construct and put the blocks together this way, you can see what happens when you turn the blocks and lay them out together.  A star is formed.

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Instead you will make six of each of these different rows.

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I made 120 blocks and set them together in the quilt in 10 block by 12 block layout to finish at 80″ x 96″.  I bound the quilt (a year and a half after it was quilted) with red 2.5″ strips.

Final

It you make this quilt, I would love to see pictures–even it’s a year and a half later!

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