Friday, November 18, 2011

Block Guest....Jane. who is bringing a moon for all those stars.. * 2 guests today, don't forget Jennifer with her Propeller block)

Hi, This is Jane from Jane's Fabrics and Quilts. Thank you to Madame Samm for giving me the opportunity to share a block with you today. Yes, the 9-Patch is one of my favorites but so is the Wonky Star. Many blocks are based on the 9-Patch layout and this is one of those blocks. I love this block because you cannot make a mistake!

First let me tell you I did not design, make up or have rights to this block!
This is just the way I make Wonky Stars!

Here we go...
gotta have a moon with all those stars..


All squares for this block will be cut 4 1/2 inch square.
I picked white for the background, pink and green for the star points and candy dots for the middle.


You will need 8 (4 1/2 inch ) background (white) squares.

4 (4 1/2 inch) print squares for the star points. Since I am doing a two color star point, I will only need two of each of the prints.

and 1 (4 1/2) square for the center. I love to fussy cut this part but it can also be a solid or a print.


First take your star point fabrics and cut them in half. You will now have 8  triangles.


Set 4 white squares on your surface. Pick four of the print triangles, I have chosen the green first.  Lay them on the white background (right sides together) as shown. I like to lay them in all different ways. Some high, some low, some more angled. Just make sure that when you sew them that they will reach a little over the white background square. Sew 1/4 inch along the long side of the triangle.



Now here is where I differ from other tutorials. I learned from the great Mary Ellen Hopkins (The It Is Ok If You Sit On My Quilt Book) of book and lecture fame to not cut off the background piece. This is the piece you will need when putting your squares together.

Flip the green over and iron.


Okey Doke, Next color, the pink. Angle these triangles (right side together) the other way, again be crazy here, overlap, or not, tilt or not, have fun, it will all add to the fun of this block.
Sew 1/4 inch flip, iron both sides.

Your blocks will look like this...



Here is where it is great to still have the background piece.
Flip them over and trim them to match the white 4 1/2 inch square.




The rest of this block is just like a 9-Patch.


Take a star point square and attach a white square on each side. You will do this twice.
Press.
Take the remaining star squares and attach them to you large fussy cut square.
Press.

You will now have these.


Match right sides together the top strip with the middle sew using a 1/4 inch seam.
Press.
 Attach the bottom to the middle strip with a 1/4 seam and then press.

Viola!!!!!!


I love making these blocks and here are a few examples...

These were for Bees I was in......



You can make them all different sizes...


All one color.....


And I so enjoyed making theses with a pieced middle for another bee I was in...




I am going to stop here and hope that you enjoyed and understand my tutorial.
Now, go forth, make stars.
Why are you still here, ?
I mean it, go!!
Have fun!!



43 comments:

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Oooh, I like idiot proof methods! I usually have Spacial awareness problems doing stars like that, but I think even I can manage that method! Thanks for sharing

Britt-Inger said...

Thanks for the tutorial.It´s a super method to get twinkling stars. I think I will play with a charmpack and some white background fabrics.

a.niza said...

Thank you, Jane!! Love your wonky stars especially those tiny 2.5" stars. . . Awesome. !!!

Becky~ said...

Just had to run over when I saw that little pink icon on my blog.Cute pic.How are you Samm?

Blessings!

Mary Beth said...

Love it!!! Wonky is good!! So there quilt police!!! Thank's for tut

Madame Samm said...

Yes I am seeing stars...good morning Jane,.....and they are colorful and bright and I love the pinks and greens..yes a star block these are....
pretty cool!

Mommarock said...

Great tut! You make this look so easy. Which by the way is a REALLY great thing LOL. Love the bright pretty colors.. Momma loves flashy things.. :) Thank you so much!

DebbieM said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. Have a fantastic weekend!!

Anita said...

Thanks for the lovely tutorial!

rutigt said...

Beautiful stars! I love it when it´s easy to sew and still come out so nice!
Thank you.
Gun, Sweden

piece peace said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It looks like a new go to block for me and my stash.

Michele said...

I really love star blocks and want to make tons of quilts with them. Thanks for the tut. Really great.

Britt-Inger said...

Yes!!!! I have made a wonky star block following the instructions. I used pieces from a charmpack and white solid squares. I have blogged about it and there is a picture on my blog.

pinsandneedles said...

Thanks Jane! Love wonky stars too! I will give your method a try!

Snoodles said...

Jane these are adorable! Thanks for sharing your way of doing these...I want to try this right now!

Truffle queen said...

Hey! Great tut! Definitely adding this to my list - the Florida sunbirds will LOVE it! Fun, fun, fun!

Carrie P. said...

Great job Jane!
I thought those blocks were much harder to make than what you showed. I have always like them on your blog. I might just have to give them a try.
Thanks for sharing them.
Love those pink ones.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Jane I've never made a wonky star - can you believe it? But your instructions were perfect and I now understand how to do it so I'm thinking that several wonky stars would make a darling purse for my granddaughter. Christmas is coming... blessings, marlene

Gmama Jane said...

I get it!! I actually get it!!! I can do this Jane!!! I'm going to make one this afternoon as soon as I get back from the Granddaughter's T'giving play at school. She has the lead!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Annie said...

Oh, Jane! These are wonderful stars! And I love how versitle the design can be to change their looks. Great tutorial!

Barb said...

Love your wonky stars Jane....especially the colors!!! OOOOO La La!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Wonkey stars are just so fun - love how you showed a variety of colors and settings.

elle said...

These are delightful blocks and so clearly explained!

Pots and Pins said...

Oh you clever gal! I love this version! Much easier! I'm thinking with all the time you have just saved me that I might be able to whip out a red and white wonky star quilt before Santa arrives!! Love you Jane!! xo, Nan

Denise :) said...

Jane, this is such a darling, darling block and the prints you've used are scrumptious! I love the candy dots print the best; how fun it is! Great job! :)

Linda V said...

Thanks Jane for a great tutorial!

suemac said...

Nice tutorial. I have not had a chance to make any wonky stars yet but this seems like a fool-proof method.

Katherine said...

Okay, wonky stars have been on my sewing list four-evah ;o)... and this lovely tutorial has inspired me to move them to the top of my list.
Thanks, Jane!

♥Duff said...

HI Jane! Love the tutorial--your exuberance shines through! Stars have away of giving me hope ("wish on a star") and bringing warmth on this blustery day☺
And thanks for a kick in the butt at the end--I needed that!!

John'aLee said...

What a great tutorial! Looks like fun...I might have to try one of these!

Cheryl Willis said...

these stars look soooooo gooooood in crumb blocks toooo. thanks for sharing how you do them. cw

matate10 said...

so that's how you make those cute little stars!!! Love the colors! Great tut!

pratima said...

Great tutorial, Jane! And all your star blocks are fun and playful . Thank you :)

Home Designs by Amanda said...

WOnky is not my style...and I always wondered how those stars were made...but your tutorial is great, and makes me think that someday I may actually try a wonky star! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Claire Jain said...

Those are way cute! How fun to make a bunch of differently shaped stars.

evelyn said...

Finally, I get it. Your Stars for Dummies tut was written for me, I know it was. I can imagine this in flannelette. Yep, just the thing for a great grandbaby.

Lesley said...

Jane, what pretty blocks. Love the way you make them, and a real bonus to see the different sizes, colors, etc. Thanks for sharing!

SewCalGal said...

What a fun block. And, I love that candy strip fabric. Have never seen it before. It would certainly make some fun quilts.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Looking forward to trying this wonky star block. Thanks for the tutorial!

Cindy said...

This tutorial couldn't have come at a better time!! I need to make a wonky star block and didn't know how to get going. Thank you!!!

Beth@seasonsofhome said...

I love all of the different fabrics you used. They're all wonderful.

CJ said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm going to have to try this one of these days. There are more and more blocks that keep calling my name to be made. :)

Thanks for the share, and pinterested this! :)

Seems pretty easy to make!! :)

Christine L said...

Both these blocks were awesome! Loved them.. I was excited to try these new techniques!