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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guest Blocker Jera with her Stellar block!

Hi All - it's Jera from www.QuiltingInTheRain.com bringing you an alternative take on the cathedral window block! It reminds me of stars, so I'm calling it a 'Stellar Block.' Thank you, Madame Samm, for challenging me to try something different with this one.

If you've seen any of my tutorials or visited my blog, you'll know that I'm a sucker for pre-cuts. This block uses charm squares only, which are pre-cut 5" squares. There are so many crafting possibilities with this quick and easy block! If you like using pre-cut fabrics, check out my new online shop at www.QuiltingInTheRain.com. Enjoy the tutorial! :)

Materials for 1 block (measures 9.5" x 9.5" finished):
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares in solid white
Step 1 - Start with one printed and one solid white 5 inch square.

Step 2 - Take the solid white 5 inch square and fold all four corners inward as shown below. Press flat with an iron. This will give you a smaller square, where one side has folds and the other side does not.

Step 3 - Place the smaller, folded square on top of the printed square as shown below. The non-folded side should be facing you. Then, secure the smaller square to the printed square by sewing two straight lines from corner to corner of the smaller square. Do not sew the sides down. (I used white thread so you may need to enlarge the image to see).

Step 4 - Since you sewed from corner to corner in the previous step, the sides of the smaller square should be open, almost like little pockets. Fold the sides toward the center of the square and stitch them down, as shown below.
Do this for all four sides:

Step 5 - Repeat the above until you have a total of four.
Step 6 - With right sides facing together, sew the first two blocks in the first row together, then press open with an iron. Repeat for the second row. Then, with right sides facing together, sew rows 1 and 2 together, then press open with an iron.
And there you have it... One stellar block!

Thanks for checking out my very first block tutorial!

-Jera at www.QuiltingInTheRain.com

32 comments:

  1. This looks VERY cool!!! I can't wait to try this!!! Thanks!!

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  2. Very interesting alternative to the cathedral window block. I love how simple you've made this block! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  3. Oh boy!!!! I have an UFO with cathedral windows. If I learned this, before starting that, it would be finished now! What a great way to do a c.w. Thank you!!
    Gun, Sweden

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  4. I love this one... ;o)
    Greetings Roos

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  5. What a great idea!!! I love this. I have made cathedral windows but this is soooo much faster! Love the look.

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  6. I love this block!!! Thanks for sharing! it is fab

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  7. Wow! Wish I thought of this easy block! These are very cool - I love cathedral windows - and these are so fun. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  8. Thank you Jera for sharing your beautiful block. The way you showed makes it so easy, very clever.

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  9. Very smart way to make the windows.

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  10. This looks like such a quick and easy way to create blocks! Thanks for a great tutorial -- I hear some charm packs calling me now.... :)

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  11. Great looking block! I love the look of cathedral window blocks, but don't have the nerve to try them. That almost looks simple enough for me to get the courage to try!

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  12. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

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  13. Great tut! The EASY way to make a Cathedral Window!! Thank you!! NOW I might actually make one! Now, I'm off to your blog!! YEAH!!

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  14. My grandmother made 3 cathedral window quilts before she passed, and I can't imagine doing them all by hand. This is a way, I might actually finish one! Thanks so much!

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  15. Love it! Your tutorial was so great!

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  16. Very nice! Looks like even a beginner could do this one? Thank you for sharing it with us. Nice tutorial! Have a wonderful day!

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  17. Ohhh no its afternoon now...well goodness me Jera...where have I been....? lol YOUR block
    is delightful of course..and how could it not be...you have such lovely designs in that head of yours.....glad to have you in your busy schedule hop on over to see us and share your joy...we will take it x

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  18. I've done this block (the 1/4)before but never with the cross stitching. That appears to make for a much easier block to handle while sewing down the edges. Thanks

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  19. That's a lot faster than my version of the cathedral quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial. I think that this is one that I can accomplish in a flash!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  20. Dear Jera,
    I'm loving this block and can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing and being a guest on Madame Samm!

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  21. I have a ufo with CW also. 10years in the making. I think this would have been easier.

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  22. That was your first!!! I love it and so easy to understand. Thank you!!

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  23. Good job on your first tutorial. Congratulations.

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  24. I love this and it's so easy! I've made many cathedral window blocks but this is awesome and so quick! Yep, will definitely be making this one. Congratulations on a great tutorial. :)

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  25. I love the way this looks -- and your instructions were very clear and easy to understand, which I much appreciate!! :)

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  26. That is a really cool way to do this block!

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  27. Great Job on your tutorial! I'm in the process right now of making them and have two of 4 done! Your instructions were great. Looking forward to adding this to my Sampler I am making of the NOV block party blocks. :)Off to see a fellow Washingtonians Blog!!

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  28. Wow what a great way to make this! I'll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. A Stellar tutorial for a Stellar block written by a Stellar Quilter, Jera!!
    Have a Stellar Holiday Season
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  30. That is a new take on an old pattern....very cool! Thanks for sharing.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  31. Yep, this is so cool! I'm totally into it :-)

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  32. Great block! Like cathedral, but without all the fuss. Thank you!

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