Quilt Block Cutting InstructionsAlways cut enough fabric to make a test block before you cut all of the fabric for a quilt.
Neutral Fabric for Background
- Cut (3) 2" strips from selvage to selvage. Square up one end of each strip and cut as many 2" x 2" squares from strips as possible. You'll need (64) squares -- cut a few more from remaining yardage if necessary.
- Cut (3) 2" strips from selvage to selvage. Square up one end of each strip and cut as many 3-1/2" long segments from strips as possible. You'll need (64) 2" x 3-1/2" bars -- cut a few more from remaining yardage if necessary.
- Cut (1) 3-1/2" x 28" strip. Square up one end of the strip and cut (16) 1-1/2" wide segments from it (1-1/2" x 3-1/2" bars).
- Cut (8) 2" x 2" squares from each fabric (sixteen sets of eight squares)
Dark for Star Centers
- Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" bars from each fabric (sixteen sets of two bars)
Assemble the Friendship Star Quilt Blocks
- Gather four 2" x 3-1/2" background bars and eight 2" x 2" star tip squares. Use the quick flying geese method to sew a square to the end of each bar, taking care to configure the angles as shown on this page.
- Repeat with the remaining 15 star tip fabrics, making four geese units per block.
- Make a block center by sewing a 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" dark bar lengthwise to opposite sides of a neutral bar of the same size. Press seam allowances towards the dark bars. Make a total of 16 block centers.
- Arrange four geese units, four 2" x 2" neutral squares and a center bar unit into three rows as shown. Press seam allowances in top and bottom rows towards the outer squares. Press center seam allowances towards the pieced center.
- Sew rows together, matching seams carefully. Press. The block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
- Repeat to assemble the remaining friendship star quilt blocks.