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About the Twinkling Star Quilt Block
Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern

Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern

Janet Wickell
Twinkling Star is the third quilt block pattern for the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt. The design is very scrap-friendly, and you can put your small pieces to work assembling the little half square triangle units (HSTs) that make up a large portion of the star tips.

About those little units. Technically, you can make the HST units with a pair of 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares, sewing them together and then cutting them apart to produce two HST units (the quick sandwich method of construction). But these units are tiny, with no room for error, so I encourage you to use larger than necessary squares and then trim the completed HST units to 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" after assembly. You'll find that exactly-sized units provide a more accurate quilt block that's easier to assemble.

Trim-back instructions are on page 5 of the Easy Sandwich Method tutorial.

Finished block size: 12" x 12"

My color and value suggestions offer a visual for construction, change elements to suit you.

Look at the quilt block variations on page 2 before you begin -- you might decide to alter your block's layout just a bit.

Medium light to light squares

  • for small half square triangle units: (12) 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" OR 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares (you'll cut back finished HST units after assembly)

  • for individual half square triangles: (6) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

Medium dark to dark squares

  • for small half square triangle units: (12) squares the same size you chose for small light squares, above (you're cutting back finished HST units after assembly)

  • for individual half square triangles: (6) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

Note: Corrected an error in the number of squares to cut in half; original instructions said 12.

Red for star tips: (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

Green for inner "pinwheel": (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

Neutral light for background: can be more than one fabric:

  • (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares
  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

For all blocks in the Scrap Happy Sampler series, see the:
Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Master Index

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