Friday, March 7, 2014

Star Sampler Block #4

Welcome! Today we're sharing star block #4, made by Dawn Stewart of Spring Water Designs. We love her block and think you will too! This sampler series of nine star blocks will run all next week as well and features Ro Gregg's Marblehead Venetian Glass fabrics. If you missed blocks #1-3, you'll find links for them at the bottom of this post. Plus, don't miss the chance to enter a giveaway for a bundle of these gorgeous prints!



Dawn: I was asked by Fabri-Quilt fabrics to make a Star Block for their Star Sampler Blog Hop using their Marblehead Venetian Glass fabrics designed by Ro Gregg.  This is my little offering...

 

I've been loving the combinations of blue & green together lately, so I chose to work with these four fabrics from the line.  
Here is what I cut from them:

     From the Cream cut:   (2) 1-7/8" squares to make four patch
                                         (4) 3" squares to make half square triangles
                                         (12) 2-1/2" squares

     From the Green cut:    (2) 3" squares cut once diagonally to yield four triangles

     From Light Blue cut:  (8) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles

     From Blue/Green cut: (2) 1-7/8" squares to make four patch
                                         (4) 3" squares to make half square triangles
                                         (4) 2-1/2" squares


 First make the center Four Patch unit using the four 1-7/8" squares. 


 Then, center and add a green triangle to two opposite sides of the Four Patch.



 Press both triangles out, and press the seam allowances toward the triangles. 


Then repeat the same process to add the last two triangles to the remaining sides of the Four Patch.  This center unit will measure 4-1/2" at this point.


Next using the four 3" squares of Cream & Blue/Green, make Half Square Triangle (I like to start with slightly larger squares, and when finished I square up my half square triangles to the proper size for the best accuracy).  Start by drawing a line diagonally across the wrong side of the Cream squares.


 Then sew a quarter inch away on both sides of the drawn line... 


 ...then cut them apart on the drawn line. 


 Press the seam allowances of the half square triangles toward the darker fabric...


 ...Then trim and square up your half square triangles to measure 2-1/2". 


Next using the Half Square Triangles and the Cream & Blue/Green 2-1/2" squares, make four of these four patch units for the corners of the block. 


The final unit to make for this block starts with a Flying Geese unit.  Lay a cream 2-1/2" square right sides together on one side of the Light Blue rectangles.  Sew a diagonal line as shown from one corner to the other.
 
 Cut off the extra fabric leaving approximately a quarter inch seam allowance.


 Then press the cream corner out...

 Repeat on the other side of the rectangle...

 Make four Flying Geese units that measure 2-1/2" x 4-1/2"...

...then sew each of the four Flying Geese units to the top of the four remaining Light Blue rectangles.  This unit will measure 4-1/2".


Now take all the units that you've assembled, and arrange them in three rows of three as shown above.


Sew the units together in rows and sew the rows together...and a star is born!

Enjoy all of the star blocks.  I can't wait to see them all together in a quilt project :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thanks Dawn!


For a chance to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles of Marblehead Venetian Glass, sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric (using the "follow" button or the "follow by email" button in the right hand side bar) and leave an email letting us know you did, as well as telling us if you've ever made a sampler quilt before. You can leave a comment to enter once for each post during the Star Sampler hop (9 entries total). The giveaway will be open through Monday, March 17th at 11:59 EST, and we'll randomly pick 3 winners on Wednesday of that week. 

Make sure you catch the tutorials for all the blocks in the sampler!
     Star #1: Connie of Free Motion by the River
     Star #2: Joanne
     Star #3: Fabri-Quilt blog team
     Star #5: Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop
     Star #6: Fabri-Quilt blog team
     Star #7: Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts
     Star #8: Tammy from Tamarinis
     Star #9: Monica from Diary of a Quilt Maven

67 comments:

  1. Love the colors used for this block. Thanks for great tutorial. I follow via GFC.

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  2. I follow via GFC. Love the blues and greens in this star! I have made two sampler quilts so far.

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  3. I love the colours Dawn used!
    I've made one sampler quilt!
    I follow via email and GFC!

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  4. I follow on bloglovin!! I have never made a sampler quilt before, but I love this star block, so may have to start!!

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  5. Love the block. Have always been a fan of blue and green together. I have made a number of samplers, a great way to learn new methods of doing things. I follow on Blogger and email.

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  6. I am following, and my first quilt was a sampler and to look at it now, and what I know now about quilting, I might just do it all again. I love this hop of stars and the fabrics that are being used.

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  7. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  8. I follow your blog by GFC as well as email . Yes I have made several sampler quilts as they are my favorites to make . Thanks for the chance .

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  9. I am a new follower via email at 2bquilting247 at hotmail dot ca. I hsve not made a sampler quilt yet. Thanks for opportunity to win your giveaway.

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  10. Pretty star block! I love the blue and green together. I follow via email. I have my blocks made for my first sampler, I just need to put them together now.

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  11. I have blocks made for a sampler from a LQS class. I still need to sew them into a top and quilt. I follow with GFC

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  12. I follow via email. My very first quilt (a table runner) was a sampler quilt made with six 12-inch blocks. We had to sew them by HAND. I was quite pleased with the results. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Janet

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  13. I am a follower via email. I have made only one sampler quilt.

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  14. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. I've never made a sampler quilt. Thanks for the giveaway & the tutorial.

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  15. I follow with Bloglovin'. I've never made a sampler quilt but look forward to doing so. I would love to win one of these fabric bundles!

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  16. I love the fabric colours and the block design - thanks for showing how you put it together... you make it look so easy! I follow you via Bloglovin' - thanks!

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  17. I'm still following this "star trail" by email. Yes, I've done a sampler quilt. Not my favorite style of quilting.

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  18. I have made several sampler quilts in my early days of learning the art.

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  19. Love your Star!!! & the colors are Awesome too!! (my faves!)

    I follow you already, thru GFC & Email :)

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  20. Love the block! Great fabric and colors!

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  21. Great block. I have made several sampler quilts and loved every one of them. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow by GFC.

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  22. I follow both your blog and get your email. Samplers are my favorites to make.

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  23. I like the colors! I need some color right now, this endless winter is too dreary. thans for the chance to win! dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  24. I love those colours! I have never made a sampler quilt, but it is on my "dream" list! :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  25. I follow via email and GFC. I made a sampler quilt many years ago with some rather intricate paper pieced star blocks. This star is just lovely and the blue fabric with the circles is fantastic!

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  26. I love Dawn's work. Great star and instructions! I've made lots of sampler blocks, and have one top ready to quilt. I need to finish the others. It's fun to see the variety of star designs. I follow via email and bloglovin. Thanks.

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  27. What a pretty block. I have made a sampler quilt before. It was actually my first larger quilt which ended up being slightly larger than a lap quilt.

    I am already a follower via email, Bloglovin', and also on Facebook.

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  28. I am a follower via e-mail, bloglovin and facebook. I have made sampler quilts before. They are a great way to try out many different blocks.

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  29. I follow on GFC. Have not made a sampler quilt, though I have made some embroidery samplers.

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  30. Awesome block! I follow through bloglovin and I love making sampler quilts. I am in the process of hand quilting one now!

    Sandy A

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  31. I follow by email. Love sampler quilts and have made several. I like the green/blue combo too.

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  32. I follow by e-mail. Love the block.

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  33. I've made this block before but not with the 4-patch center - nice change to the design. I follow by GFC. I make many samplers from minis to queen size.

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  34. I follow on bloglovin!! Yes I have made 1 sampler quilt, it was so much fun doing the different blocks! little_grannie@yahoo.com

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  35. Beautiful block! I follow through GFC

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  36. I follow on Bloglovin. I love making samples quilts. Making the same thing over and over tends to get tedious to me. :-)

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  37. I get the newsletter. I've never made a sampler quilt, they seem so busy. I would rather take one block and make it into a quilt top. Loving the stars.Thanks

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  38. This is such a pretty block. It inspired me to get into this blog hop and make the blocks.

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  39. I follow on Bloglovin and I really enjoy making sampler quilts especially in if they are BOM's! I have about 5 going on now and plan on adding more as the year goes on!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  40. I follow your blog via Bloglovin'.

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  41. Nice fabrics and great block! I am a follower too.

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  42. wow what beautiful fabrics you chose for your star. i am a new follwer via email. no i have never done a sampler quilt, but i would really love to make one babscorbitt2gmail.com

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  45. Beautiful. I am going to get the fabric and make this beauty. Thank you for sharing your infinite skills with us. I follow via bloglovin and 'yes' I have made samplers before and love doing them.

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  46. I follow via RSS feeds. I have never made a sampler quilt. Love your star, thanks for sharing.

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  47. I follow Inspired by Fabric via Bloglovin. Thanks for the tutorial! Your block is beautiful. I've never made a sampler quilt and your block is inspiring me to put a sampler quilt on my quilting bucket list! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  48. I follow by email.

    I made a sampler quilt as my very first quilt too many years ago to tell.....

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  49. I follow via e-mail. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  50. I follow through Bloglovin. I have only made one sampler quilt.

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  51. I am a BL follower Love the block.

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  52. Oh I love this block and your colors! pbstrand@msn.com...oh, and I follow on Bloglovin'.

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  53. I follow by email. Yes, I have made several sampler block quilts before. They are great fun.

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  54. I follow by bloglovin' and have never made a sampler quilt

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  55. I am a follower. Yes I have made a sampler quilt in the past. Good chance to learn new techniques.

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  56. I get the newsletter. I've never made a sampler quilt but I can see me making one of stars. Gorgeous.

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  57. Bloglovin follower. Began a hand pieced sampler years and years ago, over 40 now...wow. Never finished it. Not sure what happened to it.
    Rae (nrhaller@aol.com)

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  58. Beautiful fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I follow via bloglovin. I have never made a sampler quilt but I am going to now.

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  61. I have made a sample quilt before. This will be my second!
    Thanks!

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  62. I follow this blog and my history includes quilts of either one or two blocks. I have yet to make a sampler, although it is on my bucket list.

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  63. I follow on bloglovin, Google, and email. I've never made a sampler quilt before but I'm pretty new. I definitely plan to in the near future once I have a little more experience. Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  64. Loving the colors in this block today, follow on email, and I choose 120-7973 today.

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