Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Album Star, which uses no-waste flying geese with a snowball block in the centre.
We will be sewing two 8” blocks (8.5” unfinished) and making them up to 12.5” (unfinished) with sashing. This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:
Cut the following for each block:
First we will make the snowball block for the centre of the star. Draw a diagonal line across each of the four 1.5″ colour 1 squares and place them in the corners of the 4.5″ background square. Sew along the lines and trim, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the triangles away from the background, and square up if necessary:
Next we are going to make the flying geese using the no-waste method. Take your four 2 7/8″ colour 2 squares and draw a diagonal line across each one. Place two of the squares right sides together with the 5.25″ background square, sew a scant 1/4″ from each side of the line, then cut in half as below:
Press the triangle pieces away, then sew another colour 2 square to each of these two pieces, stitching a scant 1/4″ away from the drawn line as usual. Cut each of these in half, press the background triangle away from the background piece, and trim each flying goose to 4.5″ x 2.5″:
Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make an 8.5” block:
Cut the sashing strips as below, then add them according to the block layout diagrams.
Attach the 8.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 12.5” strips to the sides: