May 2018 Block of the Month: Spinning Star
She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month
May: Spinning Star
This month we’re stitching the traditional Spinning Star quilt block design—the fifth of six star-based blocks in NZP’s 2018 Block of the Month series. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series featuring Nancy’s New Farmhouse Floral fabric line for Penny Rose from Riley Blake!
Spinning Star combines simple fabric squares and 1/4-square triangle units to create the illusion of a spinning star at the center of the block. The design is all about fabric placement. This block also gives you some extras to save for another project.
Each month, we will feature one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks are created using Farmhouse Floral fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) and background fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to easily create Block A.
Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Print two and make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.
Choose the Fabrics
For the Spinning Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Floral fat-quarter bundle and use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.
Cut Fabric for Blocks
- Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Cream Main.
- Cut four 4-7/8″ squares from Yellow Petals.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Petals.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from White Shiplap.
- Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Red Petals.
- Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Pink Stripe.
- Cut four 4-7/8″ squares from White Shiplap.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Floral.
- Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Red Shiplap.
- Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Blue Main.
Construct The Units
Create a 9-patch block including four modified 1/4- squares triangle blocks, four solid square corners and a solid square center.
All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of BLOCK A. Block B construction is identical.
1. Create four modified 1/4-square blocks.
- Make two 5-1/4″ block sets from Blue Petals and White Shiplap
- Mark as a 1/2-square using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and a friction pen.
- Create four 1/2-square triangle blocks from Blue Petals and White Shiplap sets. Stitch and cut apart.
- Align each 1/2-square triangle with a Yellow Petals square, right sides together.
- Mark as a 1/4-square using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and a friction pen.
- We’re setting these four blocks sets aside for another project. Spinning the blocks creates new designs!
2. Lay out Spinning Star block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.
- Place squares from first row onto second row, right sides together.
- Chain stitch from one block set to the next. Clip threads between blocks.
- Place squares from row three onto stitched section; chain stitch. Clip threads between blocks.
- Press seams open, or press seams to alternate sides.
- Stitch rows together to create a complete block.
- Repeat steps above to create May Block B.
The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create this block and 11 others. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to be the random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack fabric pack, please leave a comment below.
The random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack, from the April 21 post is Terry. Her comment was:
This fabric collection is beautiful. It reminds me of my Easter dresses when I was a child. I remember looking at my dress for hours and touching the flowers—as if I could really pick them from the fabric. LOL
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