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Block of the Week #51 Eccentric Stars

Block of the Week #51 Eccentric Stars

Week 51 is Eccentric Stars (they remind me of windmills). These blocks are mostly Half Square Triangles. Which we will make slightly oversized so you can trim down for accuracy. This block gives you an opportunity to play with color with your fabrics. I decided to use the same fabric for the middle of all the stars but you could add more color by using 4 different fabrics for the centers of each star. 

You will need 5 colors and a Background

Fabric A - Color 1

Fabric B - Color 2

Fabric C - Color 3

Fabric D - Color 4

Fabric E - Color 5

Fabric F - Background


Fabric A - Cut 4 - 3" squares

Fabric B - Cut 4 - 3" squares

Fabric C - Cut 4 - 3" squares

Fabric D - Cut 4 - 3" squares

Fabric E - Cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares

Fabric F - Cut 16 - 3" squares


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 16 Fabric F squares.

Place 4 Fabric F squares from above right sides together with the 4 Fabric A squares.

Sew 1/4" away from both sides of the drawn line.

Cut apart on the drawn line.

Press toward Fabric A.

Your Half Square Triangles are slightly oversized. Trim them to 2 1/2".

You will have 8 Half Square Triangles.  

Layout the Half Square Triangles from above with a Fabric E Square as shown.

Sew into rows and press out on the top and bottom row and in toward the center for the middle row.

Press seams toward the middle row. This block should measure 6 1/2" square.

Repeat the steps to make the other 3 star blocks. 

Fabric B:

Fabric C:

Fabric D:

Layout the 4 Star Blocks as shown below.

Sew the top 2 blocks together and the bottom 2 blocks together. Press seams open.

Sew the 2 rows together. Press seam open.

Your Eccentric Stars block is complete! Can you believe we only have 1 more block to go. Next week I will have separate blog posts with possible settings for our blocks.

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Posted by Beth Spillane

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