Tips & Hints
For January we're doing a block called Winter Star. The fabrics should remind you of a wintry night sky. If you have blue prints with silver highlights in your stash, by all means use them, but don't buy them especially for this block. Any medium or medium-dark blue and light or medium-light blue print will work just fine. If you have other fabrics that you think are wintry, by all means use them. Blue is just a suggestion. There should be a good contrast between your two print fabrics. The background will be Moda Marble black. Like last year, we'll do three blocks each month. This will allow for any extra swappers joining and will leave some extra sets for comfort quilts. And your blocks don't have to be all the same. This is a good way to use up some of the fabrics in your stash.
Cutting directions for THREE blocks are below:
Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the 4" x 4" light blue squares. Place half right sides together with a dark blue square and the other half with a black square. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press toward the darker fabric. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". You will use four of each unit for each block.
Sew a half-square triangle unit made from the lighter fabric and the Moda black to the end of a Moda Black rectangle. The rectangle will be on the right side and the half-square triangle unit will be on the left, with the light triangle on the lower left hand side and the black triangle on the upper right hand side. Press toward the rectangle. There will be four of these for each block.
Sew two of the half-square triangle units made up of the light and dark fabrics together. On the left, the dark triangle will be in the upper right hand corner and the light triangle in the lower left hand corner. On the right, the light triangle will be in the upper left hand corner and the dark triangle in the lower right hand corner. You may press the seam toward the darker fabric or open. Repeat once more for a total of two of these units for each block. Keep in mind that the graphic representations of the units are for placement only and do not include seam allowances.
Sew the two previous units together so they form a pinwheel. Press the seam open.
Sew one of the rectangle units to the pinwheel center unit. The end with the light triangle will be even with the left side of the pinwheel. Sew the seam about halfway across the pinwheel. This is called a partial seam. The rest will be stitched at the end of the block construction. Press the seam away from the pinwheel.
Sew another of the rectangle units to the left hand side of the block. Since you've already partially sewn on the previous unit, this will be a full seam. (See block graphic above.) Press away from the pinwheel. Continue to sew the rectangle units to the sides of the pinwheel, until you have only the partial seam left. Sew the rest of the seam and you're done.
Repeat for a total of three blocks. The blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. Since it's January, you should also include your Priority Stamp and an address label. Patty will pick up Priority Mail envelopes at the post office, so you don't need to include an envelope. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed.