June 2018 Block of the Month: Friendship Star
She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month
June: Friendship Star
This month we’re stitching the traditional Friendship Star quilt block design—the sixth and final of the 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!
The Friendship Star block combines 1/2-square triangles, a solid center square and simple four-patch corners. This block showcases a unique 4-pointed rotating star.
Each month, we have featured one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks were 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 Friendship Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Floral fat-quarter bundle and a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.
Cut Fabric for Blocks
- Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Red Shiplap.
- Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Cream Toss.
- Cut two 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips from Cream Shiplap.
- Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Pink Shiplap.
- Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Blue Main.
- Cut one 4 1/2″ square from Cream Floral.
- Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Red Petals.
- Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Pink Floral.
- Cut two 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips from Pink Petals.
- Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Blue Stripe.
- Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Pink Toss.
- Cut one 4 1/2″ square from Blue Main.
Construct the Units
Create the June block with 4-patch corners, four 1/2-square triangles, and one solid center square.
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 1/2-square triangle blocks from Pink Shiplap and Blue Main.
- Chain stitch on both sides of the marking, with right sides together.
- Cut apart, using a rotary cutter.
- Press the seam to the Blue Main side of the square.
2 . Create 4-patch corner blocks.
- Stitch the Red Shiplap and Cream Shiplap strips along one long edge, with right sides together.
- Chain stitch the Cream Toss and Cream Shiplap strips together along one long edge, with right sides together.
- Cut strip sets apart.
- Press seams towards Cream Toss, and towards Red Shiplap.
- Cut strips into four 2 1/2″ sections, using a rotary cutter..
- Place the Cream Toss/Cream Shiplap section over the Red Shiplap/Cream Shiplap section, right sides together.
- Chain stitch each section along one long edge.
- Cut strip sets apart.
- Press seams towards darker fabric.
3. Lay out Friendship Star block as below. Rotate squares as necessary.
4. Stitch the Friendship Star block, joining squares to form a block.
- 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 June Block B.
The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create twelve additional 1/2-Square blocks. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
For more ideas, 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, tell us what your favorite star block is in the NZP She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month Series.
The winner of the The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew book and DVD set from Nancy’s Notions, in the June 9 post, is Lani.
Her response is: I would love to have The Absolutely Easiest Way to Sew book and DVD set. I live in FL and my granddaughter lives in GA. I am teaching her to sew but am not with her all the time. This set would be a perfect reference guide for her when I am not there. (She is 13.) She is the only one in the family who has expressed interest in sewing and I am anxious to pass this craft on to her!
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