Monday, January 16, 2012

Ribbon Star Block Tutorial

My 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee blocks really grew on me as I worked on them—I think the ones with the white backgrounds look especially fab. So thanks to everyone who weighed in and gave me some encouragement about this block. Without it, I probably would have moved on to yet another design! And since people seemed to like it, how about a tutorial?

This is my take on a traditional Christmas Star block. It would look pretty great in holiday fabric, but I would hate to see it pigeon-holed as strictly that, so I'm calling it Ribbon Star. The tutorial makes a 12.5" block.

Cutting:
Background (white):
• Cut four 3" squares
• Cut eight 2.5" squares
• Cut eight 2" squares

Star (yellow):
• Cut one 4.5" square
• Cut eight 2.5" squares

Color A (pink):
• Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5"
• Cut four pieces, 2" x 4.5"

Color B (orange):
• Cut four pieces, 2.5" x 4.5"
• Cut four pieces, 2" x 3"

To make the block:
1. Mark the wrong side of all of your 2.5" and 2" squares with a diagonal line from corner to corner.

2. Lay out your pieces before you start sewing. I find it helpful to work from this layout as I sew—you'll be far less likely to get your colors and directions mixed up! Start with the 4.5" square in the center, and then lay out the 2.5" x 4.5" pieces in a cross shape, alternating colors as shown.

3. Now add the 3" background squares in each corner, and the 2" strips around those squares, as shown.

4. Next, lay out the squares that will be your star points. I put these squares face down, so I can see the marked diagonal (this is also exactly how the pieces will be sewn together). Note that to create the star points, the marked diagonals should always go from the center out.


5. Sew each pair together on the marked diagonal.


6. Trim off the excess 1/4" from the seam and press. I always press diagonal seams open—I find it to be more accurate than pressing to the side.

7. Add your 2.5" background squares in the same way you did with the star points. Note that the marked diagonal should always go the same direction as the star-point diagonal that you previously sewed.

8. Add your final set of 2" marked squares in the same way as you did the previous squares. This time, make sure the marked diagonals are angled so that they form the outer star points.

9. Your units should now look like this. Sew the block together, starting with the 2" x 3" orange units to the 3" background squares. Take care as you sew to make sure those points are lined up!


10. Done!

As always, if you make this block (or anything else inspired by my blog), I would love to see it! Please join my Flickr group and add your photos!

Since I made five of these blocks for my 4x5 hive, here it is in other colors:

Aqua, gray, and yellow for Lindsay

Aqua, teal, white and gray for Lyanna

Yellow, spring green, and blue for Elizabeth

Orange, gold, and plum for Deb

And the orange, yellow, and pink block featured in the tutorial is for Wendy. Enjoy, ladies!


66 comments:

  1. love this block Lee! And I agree... thank you for the tutorial! :)

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  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for that great tute!

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  3. I love it!I may have to give it a go and add to my red and white multi star quilt! Thanks. Kxx

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  4. This block is awesome Lee! I'm so glad you stuck with it, thanks for the tute!!

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  5. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I definitely want to use this one soon!

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  6. That is really cool Lee! thanks for sharing the tute!

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  7. Beautiful block! I love all of the different color combinations you've done.

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  8. This block is really great, I love the 3D effect.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  9. Beautiful! I can't wait to try this!

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  10. thanks for the tutorial!! gorgeous block! thanks for sharing

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  11. such pretty stars!! I love them!!

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  12. I must make these stars. Thank you so much for the fab tutorial.

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  13. Love these! Thanks for the tutorial. They turned out so great.

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  14. I'm so glad you stuck with it and thanks so much for posting the tutorial! My favourite is the one for Wendy.

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  15. Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to give this a try.
    All of your blocks are lovely, with the one for Lyanna being my favorite.

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  16. Great block! I added it to my Block Library...

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  17. Nice - I especially love the one you made for Lyanna.

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  18. These are really beautiful. I especially like the colors in the one for Deb. Those are my go to colors often. Great tutorial. Thanks.

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  19. Awesome block! I love the aqua, grey and yellow one.

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  20. I'm a sucker for stars and this one is just right up my alley! Love it and the colors you used are fab! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  21. What an awesome block! Thanks for the tutorial. :-)

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  22. This is so great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  23. Great block thanks for sharing

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  24. Thank you so much, I absolutely love it!! You are just so talented!

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  25. Really beautiful block! What is the final size?

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  26. Great tutorial, as always, Lee! Love how the blocks turned out :)

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  27. Lee these are so beautiful - I've bookmarked the block so I can make it when I'm feeling brave ;) - must work on my corners and points!

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  28. @Natalie The tutorial makes a 12.5" block.

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  29. Great block...Thanks for the tutorial for it!

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  30. Ok another block I totally love. Going to pin this one and come back later and make it.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

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  31. Love this block!! Hope I will have time to try it some day :)

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  32. Great block design! Super fun layout!

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  33. What a great block!!! Thanks so much for a great tutorial :)

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  34. Hooray! Thanks for the tutorial, and I can't wait to get my block. :)

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  35. I'm so making this with the bee block fabric package that's been sitting on my sewing table for 2 weeks awaiting inspiration. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  36. I'm so making this with the bee block fabric package that's been sitting on my sewing table for 2 weeks awaiting inspiration. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  37. These are gorgeous - I will definitely try these

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  38. Great Block. I am going to have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Ooh! I can't wait to see what Lindsay does with hers cause I'm pretty sure she's combining this with the charms she picked up in her Aqua, yellow and gray charm swap! Love the tutorial Lee!

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  40. Such pretty blocks...I really love the colours in you latest one

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  41. Stunning! Thanks for the tutorial! OK... do you know the name of the grey flower print for Lindsay's block? The dandelion one, not daisy. :)

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  42. This looks vaguely complicated.... I'll definitely attempt it though!

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  43. I love this!! Lee, you come up with the best block designs!!

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  44. Which fabrics are you using the in the teal, gray, and white block for Lyanna? Thanks!

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    1. Suzie - the solids are Kona White and Kona Medium Gray. Some of the others are Michael Miller Ta-Dot in Teal, 1001 Peeps by Lizzy House, Taza by Dena Designs, a Free Spirit mini houndstooth, Little Apples by Aneela Hooey, and the smaller dot is Children at Play by Sarah Jane. Then there are a few I'm not sure about (the viney one and the blue/green plaid). Thanks!

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  45. I love the plum and orange! I'm bookmarking this tutorial - because clearly I need to start some more projects!

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  46. This is the next one that I want to do but I am so scared to try...

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  47. Those are really great Lee! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  48. So rich and delicious and yummy! I have yet to exhale!

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  49. I just used your tutorial to make a block for my block exchange. I have to say it was quite time-consuming. It turned out really great in the end though.

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  50. It was love at first sight and seems like the blocks I love are the hard one to put together but I am up for a challenge. I am a new quilter and this will be my 6th block. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.

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  51. Just found your blog. Love this block! Will be trying it.

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  52. My bee group just made this block for a bee member, and I just love how it turned out! Her fabric is all blue and white and it all looks like china or maybe delft tiles. Her quilt will be just stunning! Making the the block was interesting and easy, although I will admit it took me a little while to wrap my mind around laying out the pieces in the right order. Thank you for a really great, very clear tutorial.

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  53. I'm almost done with mine...with all of the triangle scraps I made a chevron baby quilt. Awesome pattern, and I'm looking forward to my finished 90x90(ish) quilt! Thanks!

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  54. Thank you for writing SUCH a great tutorial. I've made two of the stars, now, and the second one went together better than the first, but that's not because of the tutorial - it's because of me. :) But, seriously. I hate to use others' tutorials and patterns because they are rarely written so that everyone, at every level, can make the end product without having to wing it or make modifications.. This time I can! :) Thanks!

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  55. It is so pretty and the tutorial is so clear! thanks so much for sharing!

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  56. Awesome tutorial!!! Im a beginning quilter who has been piecing by internet lessons for a few weeks now and I was itching to do this block for my beginners sampler... only took me about half a day (in btw kids and life) and I am so happy with my final product (even if it is a little bit wonky ;) ) hope its ok to reference you and your tutorial on my instagram and pinterest for my friends that are learning with me.

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