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Assemble the Twinkling Star Quilt Block
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Assemble the Twinkling Star Quilt Block

Janet Wickell

Sew the Quilt Block

  1. Pair a light 2-1/8" x 2-1/8 square with a darker square of the same size. Use the easy sandwich method to create two half square triangle units (HSTs) from the pair. Use a square ruler (best choice) to trim-back the unit to exactly 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (or a hair larger), taking care that each half of the block is the same size (page 5 of the tutorial).

  2. Repeat to make a total of (24) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square HST units. Set aside.

  3. Pair a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" neutral background square with a red square of the same size. Make two HSTs from the pair (not illustrated). Each completed unit should measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". Repeat to make two more identical units.

Make Patchwork Star Tips

  1. Gather (3) of your small HST units and three dark triangles (were cut by dividing 1-7/8" squares in half diagonally). Arrange the pieces into three rows as shown, upper left.

  2. Sew components in each row together. Use scant seam allowances and sew carefully -- don't stretch units as you sew. Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions and join the rows. Make three more units from the remaining small HSTs and dark triangles.

  3. Sew each of the four patchwork units created in step 2 to a larger neutral triangle as shown, upper right. Press seam allowance towards the large triangle.

  4. Gather (3) of your small HST units and three light triangles (were cut by dividing 1-7/8" squares in half diagonally). Arrange the pieces into three rows as shown, middle of illustration - notice that triangles are oriented differently for this unit).

  5. Sew components in each row together. Use scant seam allowances and sew carefully -- don't stretch units as you sew. Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions and join the rows. Make three more units from the remaining small HSTs and light triangles.

  6. Sew each of the four patchwork units created in step 5 to a larger green triangle as shown, middle right. Press seam allowance towards the large triangle.

  7. Arrange all components into four rows as shown, lower left. Sew components of each row together.

  8. Press seam allowances towards the larger, plain triangles and squares. Join the rows, butting seams for a perfect match. Press carefully. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

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