Dreaming of Stars Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hi friends! Today is finally my day for the Dreaming of Stars Blog Tour and I am so excited to share with you my star block - Star Crossed

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Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the tutorial for your chance to win a 1/2 yard of each fabric used today!

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The inspiration for this block came from two quilts I made last year: Starry Night - that was all wonky stars and my favorite - Japanese X and Plus.

This block measures 12" and can be made using the same fabrics block after block creating a fun lattice effect or using all of the Dream Solids from Timeless Treasures creating a rainbow of colors! (Be sure to visit the Sew Timeless blog this Friday for a chance to win the entire 30 piece set!)

Materials needed:

  • Sewing Machine and notions (thread, rotary cutter, cutting mat, fabric marker/pencil, acrylic ruler, iron & pressing mat/board)

Fabric Prep per 12" block: ( I am listing the colors used with the cutting instructions)

Step 1:

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  • Begin by taking 1 - 4.5" Aqua square and laying it on your cutting mat facing up, place 2 - Black 3" squares on two opposite corners right side facing down. Draw a line running from corner to corner like shown with your fabric pen - pin in place.

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  • Sew along the drawn line.

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  • Using your acrylic ruler and your rotary cutter cut off the ends outside the sewn line leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance - do this to both sides.
  • Using your iron -iron your seam allowance down, turn over and press.

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  • Complete this step 3 more times - you will now have 4 complete blocks that look like this.

Step 2:

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  • Take 2 - Black 2" x 4.5" rectangles and 1 Citrus 2" x 4.5" rectangle to your machine. Start by laying a Black and a Citrus right sides together - sew along one one side of the 4.5" length. Open your square now and place your other black rectangle down on the orange rectangle and sew along the other side - this will look like a Black square with a Citrus line running down the middle. Press open your seam allowances, turn over and press.

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  • Using your rotary cutter and mat, trim around your block to make a 4.5" square
  • Complete this step 3 more times - you will now have 4 complete blocks.

Step 3:

  • Take 1 Black and Citrus square that you just completed and 2 - White 2.5" squares to your machine.

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  • Place a White square at the bottom of your Citrus/Black square like shown. Using your acrylic ruler and your fabric pen, draw a line from one corner to the other - pin in place.
  • Sew along the drawn line (Note: Complete each step fully for the white square before starting a second one - do not sew both on at the same time, it will make the overlap of the star points difficult).

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  • At your cutting mat, trim away the end point on the outside of the sewn line. Iron open ( I like to iron towards the darker colors so that they will not show through the front, like shown)

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  • Now at your machine, place the second white square on the opposite bottom corner and repeat the steps to sew - cut - and iron.
  • Complete this step 3 more time - you will now have 4 complete blocks.

Step 4:

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  • Take your 8 sewn blocks and layout in this formation including the 4.5" solid White block.

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  • Sewing row by row, be sure to iron open your seams as you finish.

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  • When lining up your complete rows use straight pins to line up your seams.

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  • Press open the final seams, turn over and press the front
  • You are finished! If you plan on making several of these for a pillow or for a full quilt many of these steps can be shortened by using an assembly line method.

I hope you will enjoy using these steps to create your own Star Crossed block and if you do please share your creations with me!

Just leave a comment for your chance to win 4 - 1/2 yard cuts of the fabrics I used today: Dream Basics in White, Black, Aqua & Citrus.  I will select a name via random number generator, please make sure that I have a way to contact you. This giveaway will close on Wednesday January 22nd at 6pm Central.  

Congrats to Kim M. our big fabric winner!!!  Thank you to everyone that commented and I would love to hear if you make the block! Please send me a picture of your own version and I will share it here in a later post. 

Be sure to check out the entire week's lineup: (more chances to win!!)

Thanks for stopping by friends!

-Nicole