She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month

May: Spinning Star

This month we’re stitching the traditional Spinning Star quilt block design—the fifth of 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!

Spinning Star combines simple fabric squares and 1/4-square triangle units to create the illusion of a spinning star at the center of the block. The design is all about fabric placement. This block also gives you some extras to save for another project.

 

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy ZiemanEach month, we will feature one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks are 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.

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

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Block A

Block B

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.

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Choose the Fabrics

For the Spinning Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Floral fat-quarter bundle and use a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

Cut Fabric for Blocks

Block A:

  • Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Cream Main.
  • Cut four 4-7/8″ squares from Yellow Petals.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Petals.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from White Shiplap.
  • Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Red Petals.

Block B:

  • Cut four 4-1/2″ squares from Pink Stripe.
  • Cut four 4-7/8″ squares from White Shiplap.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Blue Floral.
  • Cut two 5-1/4″ squares from Red Shiplap.
  • Cut one 4-1/2″ square from Blue Main.


Construct The Units

Create a 9-patch block including four modified 1/4- squares triangle blocks, four solid square corners and a solid square center.

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 modified  1/4-square blocks.

  • Make two 5-1/4″ block sets from Blue Petals and White Shiplap
  • Mark as a 1/2-square using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and a friction pen.

 

  • Create four 1/2-square triangle blocks from Blue Petals and White Shiplap sets.  Stitch and cut apart.

  • Press the seam to the blue petal side of the square.

  • Align each 1/2-square triangle with a Yellow Petals square, right sides together.
  • Mark as a 1/4-square using a No-Hassle Triangles Gauge and a friction pen.
Note From Team Nancy     The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double-check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.
  • Stitch squares and cut apart.

  • Using a rotary cutter, cut squares into 1/4-triangles.

Note From Team Nancy     The number of block sets creates eight blocks—four each with a mirror image. Choose four identical blocks for the Spinning Star block and set aside for another project.

 

  • We’re setting these four blocks sets aside for another project. Spinning the blocks creates new designs!

2. Lay out Spinning Star block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.

3. Stitch the Spinning Star block together 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 May Block B.

Block B

The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create this block and 11 others. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman

 

Watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Pack by Nancy Zieman for Penny Rose by Riley Blake

For a chance to be the random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack fabric pack, please leave a comment below.

Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack, from the April 21 post is Terry. Her comment was:

This fabric collection is beautiful. It reminds me of my Easter dresses when I was a child. I remember looking at my dress for hours and touching the flowers—as if I could really pick them from the fabric. LOL

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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