February 2018 Block of the Month: Evening Star

February 2018 Block of the Month: Evening Star

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She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month

February: Evening Star

Add two more quilt blocks to the Star of Hope block from January. This month we’re stitching the traditional Evening Star design. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series featuring Nancy’s New Farmhouse Florals fabric line for Penny Rose from Riley Blake!

Evening Star combines 1/2-square triangle units, solid corner units, and a 9-patch mini-block. The 9-patch mini-block is the center of this star design.

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.


 Block A

Block B

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 Evening Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Florals fat-quarter bundle and a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

 

Cut Fabric for Blocks

Block A: 

  • Cut four 3-1/2″ squares blue Farmhouse Stripe fabric.

  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares white Shiplap fabric. (The fabric is hard to see in the image below. Our apologies.)
  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares pink Farmhouse Floral fabric.
  • Cut five 2-1/2″ squares red Shiplap fabric.
  • Cut four 2-1/2″ squares yellow Farmhouse Petals fabric.

Block B: 

  • Cut four 3-1/2″ squares blue Farmhouse Petals fabric.

  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares cream Farmhouse Toss fabric.
  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares yellow Farmhouse Stripe fabric.

  • Cut five 2-1/2″ squares red Farmhouse Petals fabric.
  • Cut four 2-1/2″ squares blue Farmhouse Floral fabric.


 Construct The Units

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.

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

  • To create the center of each block: Layer two 3-7/8″ squares on other two 3-7/8″ squares, matching right sides.

  • Mark each block set diagonally from corner to corner, using a fabric marking pen and ruler.
  • For greatest accuracy, use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. The left side of the gauge is designed to create the 3-1/2″ HST blocks.
  • Depress the button on the sliding portion of the gauge and move to the 3-1/2″ HST icon on the left side of the gauge.
  • Place gauge on the block set, corner to corner. Match corner marks of gauge with corner of block sets. Mark fabric through center of gauge with a fine-point, fabric-marking pen.

 

Note From Team Nancy Zieman    The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.

Stitch Half-Square Triangle Units

  • Attach a 1/4″ Patchwork/Quilting Foot to your machine.
  • Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0–2.5 mm in length.
  • Align foot along one side of the center marked line; stitch a scant 1/4″ from center marked line. Do not cut the threads.
  • Kiss the next block set to the stitched block and chain stitch from one block to the other.
  • Clip threads between chain stitched blocks. Rotate blocks 180-degrees.
  • Align foot along second side of center marked line; stitch. Clip threads between chain stitched blocks.
  • With a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, cut the blocks apart along centerline markings.

  • Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
  • Create a total of eight HST units.

Stitch 9-Patch Unit

  • Arrange the 2-1/2″ squares as shown:

  • Sew the small squares together, as shown, to create three rows.
  • Press seam allowances towards center for top and bottom rows. Press seam allowances away from center for middle row.

  • Join 9-patch rows interlocking seam allowances at each intersection.
  • Press seams towards center block.

 Construct The Blocks

Arrange the Blocks

  • Arrange Block A as shown:

  • Sew row one elements together, joining all four units. Repeat steps for row three (bottom row).
  • Stitch HST’s (right and left sides of second row/middle row) together to create two mock flying geese units.
  • Sew the “Flying Geese” units to center 9-patch unit. This creates row two.

  • Press seam allowances of rows one and three to the right.
  • Press seam allowances of row two to the left.
  • Interlock the seam allowances, pin, and sew the rows together.
  • Press.
  • Repeat steps above to create February Block Two.

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.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman

Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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17 Comments

  • Linda H.
    February 17, 2018

    As a relative newcomer to “fancy” quilting, I’m loving all the tips and ideas I get from these Block of the Month blogs. I have last year’s BOM saved and plan to make it in the garnet fabric promoted last year. This year’s quilt is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a fantastic woman! Thank you!

  • LindaH
    February 17, 2018

    As a relative newcomer to “fancy”quilting, I love the tips and techniques presented in these Block of the Month blogs. I have last year’s BOM patterns and plan to make it out of the garnet bundle I purchased. This year’s quilt is a great way to pay tribute to a wonderful woman who inspired many of us. Thank you!

  • Doris R
    February 17, 2018

    The PDF file did not load the pictures for the February Evening Star block.
    http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/february-2018-block-of-the-month-evening-star/?print=pdf

    Thank you.

  • Beverly
    February 17, 2018

    BOM projects- great way to learn construction of different blocks.

  • Carrie T
    February 17, 2018

    Looking forward to new ideas.

  • wendy
    February 17, 2018

    New block ideas, always fun.

  • Kathy
    February 17, 2018

    What a wonderful way to pay tribute to a wonderful lady that I am sure everyone that quilts is familiar with and has done something that they have learned from her. I am looking forward to this years BOM. Thank you and God Bless you all on the Nancy Team.

  • Brenda S
    February 17, 2018

    Thanks so much for this months block. The file will not save to adobe.

  • Clovis
    February 17, 2018

    Thank you for this months Block of the Month.

  • Patricia
    February 17, 2018

    Thank you for this month’s block. I am already looking forward to next month. So much fun.

  • assurance décennale
    February 17, 2018

    Tout d’abord bonjour…. Ton article est pas mal du tout.
    je voulais notamment des réponses sur le sujet.

    Bonne journrée

  • Glenda
    February 20, 2018

    I was wondering what the purpose was of doing the stitch half square triangle units by attaching a 1/4 quilting foot

  • Gwen C
    February 20, 2018

    My first BOM, but I’ve watched “Sewing with Nancy” for many, many years and had to do it in her remembrance. I plan on adding her legacy on the label of the quilt. She always amazed me by her knowledge and patience. I still have some of her first sewing books. I refer to them from time to time when I begin a clothing project. She was a great woman and a gracious teacher and host. Blessings to the team for carrying on her legacy and sharing her expertise for us quilters, seamstresses and hobbyists. God Bless!

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