LeMoyne Star

The LeMoyne Star is a traditional block. There are a lot of tutorials out there, so I won’t repeat it. (Here’s one tutorial for an easy reference.)

For mine, I cut 2 inch squares. Sewed these into half-square triangles and trimmed them to 1.5 inches.

My blocks finish at 4.5 inches. These small blocks are starting to grow on me.

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Friendship Star

Now on to the Stars!

This is the first quilting block I ever sewed together and I thought it would be nice to include it.

This block is made up of half-square triangles (HST) and squares. I started out with the HSTs – 2 green 3 inch squares and 2 white 3 inch squares. I drew a line from corner to corner on the back of the white squares, placed a green and white square right sides together, and sewed a quarter inch to either side of the line. Then I cut in half along the line and pressed the seam to the dark fabric. I then trimmed the block to 2.5 in square.

Lay out your block – sew squares into rows, then the rows together.

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Two helpful hints:

  • When pressing the rows I like to press the middle row towards the center block. The top and bottom rows I press away from the center. This way the seams can be nested.
  • Pin when sewing the rows together! It looks wonderful when the seams all line up.

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I did two more friendship blocks experimenting with the size.
HST squares at 2.5 and 2, trimmed down to 2 and 1.5 squares.

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Finished blocks are 6.5, 5, and 3.5 inches.

Tree block #5

I’ve been avoiding this trippy tree for awhile, mostly because I wasn’t sure how to cut the triangles. But then I had an idea today – why not paper-piece it.

So I sat down and drew this.

This does not include seam allowances so I made sure to allow extra fabric as I was sewing. If you’re new to paper-piecing, I like Ellison Lane’s Paper Piecing for Beginner’s video tutorial.

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It turned out well, but when I put it with the rest of the trees…

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I didn’t like how small it was. So I added a top to it. Then squared it off.

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The only other thing I would change would be to make the tree narrower so I could use scraps instead of fat quarters. (Or maybe I just need bigger scraps.)

Tree block #4

I used all the scraps I had accumulated so far; sewing what I could into mini strip sets, subcutting and figuring out a layout.

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I used the equilateral triangle on my cutting map as a guide for size – adding a little more to the bottom rows and making sure it was tall enough

I then trimmed down the fabric to a triangle that was just over 9 inches tall. I cut a 10 inch square in half from corner to corner and sewed the 2 triangles to either side of the tree. I realized after the first side that I needed to align the triangle to the bottom corner of the tree, instead of centering it. Bah! So i had to mend the first corner.

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Now for the last tree…

Tree Block #3

I took my basic idea from Play Craft’s Broken Herringbone tutorial.

I simplified it to one 2.5 inches wide green strip with a 1 inch wide red strip. Then as the block grew I added 3 inches wide  white strip to the ends at a 45 degree angle.

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This turned out a little more abstract than I had envisioned, but it is growing on me. I think this is because of the 45 degree angle with the white. I think had I just sewn it without the angle it would have turned out more tree like.

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