Option 2: Friendship Star Quilt BlocksThis option assembles Friendship Star quilt blocks that are made with four Flying Geese-like units and one center square. Geese units have a triangle on only one end of the rectangle.
You'll sew the units together with the easy partial seams method.
- Cut (5) 6-1/2" green/pink strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 6-1/2" x 29" strip; cut (68) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles from the strips
- Cut (1) 3-1/2" green/pink strip from selvage to selvage and one 3-1/2" x 18" strip; cut (17) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips (if you like, use fabric that's leftover from cutting the shorter 6-1/2" wide strip for part of the squares)
- Cut (5) 3-1/2" dark pink strips from selvage to selvage and cut another strip that measure 3-1/2" x 29"; cut (68) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips
Make 17 Friendship Star Quilt Blocks
- Pair a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" dark pink square with a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" print rectangle. Use the quick flying geese method to sew the square to one end of the rectangle, taking care to orient the seam as shown on this page.
To reduce waste, sew a second seam about 1/4" on the opposite side of the line you drew for the initial "geese" seam. When you trim the corner from the square, you'll create a small half square triangle that can be used in another project. (Tip submitted by a member of our online quilting community.)
- Make a total of 68 rectangular units.
- Use the partial seams method to sew the four rectangular units around a 3-1/2" center square. Press the quilt block -- it should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
- Repeat to make a total of 17 Friendship Star quilt blocks.