Quilt Block of the Month: May

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new 8" x 8" finished block will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

Indian Star

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Indian Star

Cutting

From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 A triangles.

    Indian Star


  • Cut 2 (2 1/2") B squares.

    Indian Star

From Medium Fabric:

  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 C triangles.

    Indian Star

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 6 (2 1/2") D squares.

Assembly

  1. Stitch a C and A triangle together along an angled edge (Figure 1); press seam toward C. Repeat on opposite angled edge of A to complete a flying geese unit. Repeat to make four flying geese side units.

    Indian Star

  2. Stitch a D and B square together along one side to make a row (Figure 2). Repeat to make two rows. Stitch rows together referring again to Figure 2 to complete the block center.

    Indian Star

  3. Stitch a D square to each side of a side unit to make a top block row (Figure 3). Repeat to make a bottom block row.

    Indian Star

  4. Stitch the C side of a side unit to opposite sides of the block center referring to Figure 3 for orientation.

  5. Stitch rows together to complete the block.

Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light, medium and dark fabric for this block. Use scraps from other projects, or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps, or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Stitch Guide in the sidebar to access Quilting Basics or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

Choices

Stars are a common theme in quilting. They are easy to make with the geometrical pieces we work with. The Indian Star block has a 4-square center that can be repeated between the stars by replacing the dark D corner squares with light B squares in every other block.

Reverse the mediums and darks in every other block to have a different-color star and square corner in the quilt design.

Change the 4-square center to a 4 1/2" center square in a light solid for a signature block.

Consult a complete quilting guide for ideas on how to do any of these things. If you are a first-time quilter you can learn the whole quilting process from Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts, editor of Quilter's World, available at AnniesCraftStore.com. If you are a sometime quilter who needs a little refreshing of your skills, again consult a complete quilting guide (easily found at your local library, book or fabric store) or the Stitch Guide link at the Quilter's World website.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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