Thursday, March 13, 2014

Star Sampler Block #8

We're back with the second-last star tutorial for our Star Sampler, created by Tammy of Tamarinis. This star shines on a dark blue background! Tammy calls it the "woven ribbon" star, and you'll see how some careful cutting creates "ribbons" that really do seem to weave in and out of the star.

This sampler series of nine star blocks began last week and concludes tomorrow. The star blocks are made using Ro Gregg's Marblehead Venetian Glass fabrics. If you missed blocks #1-7, you'll find links for them at the bottom of this post. Plus, don't miss the chance to enter a giveaway to win a bundle of these gorgeous prints! 

Tammy: I was thrilled to be asked to participate in Fabri-Quilt’s Star Block promotion.  Ro Gregg’s Venetian Glass line is truly spectacular, and any excuse to play with those luscious fabrics is a good excuse, right?

Here’s my block – a woven ribbon star:

Now, before I begin – a funny (short) story.  I was trying to hurry – and we all know what a BAD idea that usually is.  Yep – no different for me.  I pulled up the wrong rendering – and made the wrong block.  Urgh!  I’ll share that one at the end – just so you can see what a different color placement can make!

To begin:

I started with these four beauties – fat quarters of navy with gold, paisley print, mottled blue, and cream with gold.  Strips are cut along the 22” side of the fat quarter.


Navy: (1) 3 ¾” strip
            (1) 4 ½” strip; subcut (4) 4 ½” squares

Paisley: (2) 1 7/8” strips
                        Cut (2) 1 7/8” x 3 3/8” rectangles from one strip

Mottled: (1) 1 7/8” strip
                        Cut (2) 1 7/8” x 3 3/8” rectangles from strip
                (1) 2” strip

Cream: (1) 3 ¾” strip
                        Cut (1) 3 3/8” square from strip
             (1) 2 ½” strip
             (1) 2” strip
             (1) 1 7/8” strip; subcut (4) 1 7/8” squares

Sew the Paisley 1 7/8” x 3 3/8” rectangles to the left and right sides of the 3 3/8” Cream square.  Press to the Paisley rectangles.

Sew the Cream 1 7/8” squares to the left and right side of the Mottled 1 7/8” x 3 3/8” rectangle.  Press to the Mottled rectangle. Repeat to make (2) sets. 

Sew to the top and bottom of the Paisley/Cream unit created above.

Create a strip set by sewing the Cream 2 ½” strip to the Paisley 1 7/8” strip.  Press to the Paisley.  Sew the Navy 3 ¾” strip to the Paisley strip.  Press to the Paisley.

Using your 6 ½” square, place the 45 degree line on the seam line between the Paisley and the Navy strip. 

Cut along the right side, cutting along the navy up to the paisley, then making the second side cut along the Paisley/Cream side.  Now turn that around and square it up, cutting a 4 7/8” square.  It will look like this.


Cut this square in half once, corner to corner.

Repeat with remainder of strip set to create (2) additional HSTs (half square triangles).  Set aside – we’ll come back to these, plus the center block, in just a moment.

Sew the 2” Cream strip to the 2” Mottled strip.  Press to the Mottled strip.

Cut (4) 3 ½” squares from the strip set.  You will be cutting these in half – but not corner to corner (gesh – that would be TOO easy, huh?).  Measure ¼” down from the top corner, ¼” in from the bottom corner, and cut along that line.  Using the picture as a guide, cut (2) squares in half from top left to bottom right, (2) from top right to bottom left.

It sounds odd – but it works.  (And I know because I had to do this twice – to get it right!).  You’ll be using the larger (non-pointed) HST units in your star block construction.

Ready to start putting all these pieces together?  You should have all the pieces as shown:

The Cream/Mottled HSTs  will be paired up with (2) of the 4 ½” Navy squares.

Note the Cream portions meet at the corner.

Fold the Navy square in half, right sides together, to mark the center point.  Fold the Mottled/Cream HST in half along the long side, wrong sides together, to mark the center point.  Match up these finger creases, and sew the first HST to the marked side of the Navy 4 ½” square.  Press to the Navy square.               

Repeat with the second Mottled/Cream HST to complete one corner, pressing to the HST.  Repeat to make the second corner unit.

Remaining (2) corner blocks:
Note that again the cream corners meet at the center.

Lining up the corner, flip one HST unit onto the Navy 4 ½” square and stitch along the strip set side (the side with the two seams).  Press to the Navy square.

Now repeat with the second HST unit, ensure that placement is correct (cream points are meeting in the middle).  Press to the HST.


Repeat with the remaining corner.

Now you should have all sections to create your star.  The block is stitched together on the diagonal.  Lay your sections out in three rows as shown:

Begin by stitching the Mottled corner units to the Paisley sides of the center unit.  Press to the center unit.

Final step (woohoo!) – matching up seam lines, sew the last (2) corner units to the center block unit.  Press away from the center.

And you are done!

And what about that “oops” block, you ask?  Well, here you go.  See what a difference color placement makes?  I forgot about the Navy background when piecing the HSTs, and suddenly the star point is lost.  Oops!!!

Happy Stitching!


      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--what size quilt do you make most (lap, bed, wall hanging, table runners, etc.)? 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 #4: Dawn from Spring Water Designs
     Star #5: Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop 
     Star #6: Fabri-Quilt blog team
     Star #7: Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts
     Star #9: Monica from Diary of a Quilt Maven


  1. Fantastic star block, and a great tutorial!
    I mostly make twin size quilts. I follow your blog

  2. I follow via GFC. Great star! I usually make lap or bed size quilts.

  3. Currently I make lap to twin size quilts. In the past I have made 12-15 full or queen size. I follow with email and GFC.

  4. Great star!
    GFC follower!
    I like lap size quilts

  5. What an interesting star block - wonderful tutorial. Yes, we all make those Oops. I love to make minis or lap size. GFC follower

  6. Very pretty block. I usually make baby quilts although lately I have been making larger quilts for my family. Thank you for the giveaway. I follow via GFC.

  7. Beautiful block and great tutorial.
    Am I bad to admit I kind of like the oops block?

    I am already a follower via email and Bloglovin'. And most quilts I've made have been baby quilts, but I have done a few lap quilts since then.

  8. I love this pretty block!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. I love this pretty block!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. I follow by GFC and email. Lap quilts and baby quilts are my favorites.

  11. Very nice quilt block. I follow via GFC.

  12. Nice star block! I follow by email! I make all size quilts! (Wheelchairs, laps,twin, queen, and wall hanging.

  13. Beautiful block and a great tutorial. Wall hangings, baby quilts, and lap quilts

  14. I follow via email. I generally make lap quilts, wall hangings, and table toppers. Thanks for the chance to win.


  15. I love this block! I even love the oops block as well. :) This fabric line is gorgeous!

  16. This block is beautiful! I follow by email. I usually make lap size or afghan size quilts. Thanks!

  17. Both the correct block and the "oops" block are beautiful! I follow via Bloglovin'. I make mostly crib/playpen quilts and bed quilts (twin and queen sized). I would love to win this fabric bundle!

  18. I like them both!

    And large lap size is the quilt size I find most useful.

  19. LOOOOOVE this Star!!! So pretty!! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial the pic's to help us along! :) BUT...your "oops!" block is way coool!!! Would make a very Interesting Quilt!!!

    I follow thru Email & Bloglovin' both. I like making Throw size Quilts...and right now, Baby Quilts. Kinda new, so haven't made more than Throw size & Wallhangings.

  20. Intriguing star block.
    I follow via email and on Facebook. Have been making a lot of lap quilts lately as well as table runners.

  21. Lovely star block and great tutorial . I mostly make bed size quilts . I follow by GFC. Thanks for the chance

  22. Ooh, I like this one best! What a lovely sampler this project will make. Thank you for putting it together.

  23. I make lap size the most. My machine can't handle much bigger than that. Or I'm too scared to try :)

  24. Awesome tutorial with great tips!! I love to make lapquilts mostly, I think that that are the perfect size to snuggle under and make a great gift!!

    1. Oops, forgot to tell ya that I follow via Bloglovin'!!

  25. I like this star. Really different. I follow via email and bloglovin. I make mostly large laps or bed sizes, but also do table runners and purses. It depends on my mood and the fabrics I have, or the pattern.

  26. I'm a follower with Bloglovin. Most of my quilts are lap sized. Thanks for the tutorial & the giveaway.


  27. The last three quilts I finished have been baby quilts. I did complete a twin sized quilt top that is waiting to be quilted. I follow on bloglovin'.

  28. i am already a happy follower. i mostly make charity baby, lap and twin or full size quilts. that way, i have time to make more quilts. love this fabric, it is so pretty and definetly gender neutral.

  29. I have been following you for quite a while. I usually make full size or larger quilts.

  30. I am a new follower via email at 2bquilting247 at hotmail dot ca. I mostly do table runners or baby quilts. Thanks for opportunity to win.

  31. Thanks for the tutorial! I love the background in this star block. I make aquilts of all sizes, but most often lap quilts or baby quilts.

  32. I follow through Bloglovin.

    I tend to make lap or baby quilts the most, but have several bed size quilts waiting to be quilted.

    Sandy A

  33. I follow on GFC. I usually make Lap size quilts.

  34. I'm following by email. I most often make lap/twin size quilts.

  35. I am a follower. I love this star, the fabric choices are perfect! That's what makes it work so well. I usually make lap to twin, Queen if I have to.

  36. I am a follower by e-mail. I only have done one queen size quilt and looking forward to a nother one soon, but most of my quilts are lap to wall hangings.

  37. I really like this star, it's beautiful. I follow through GFC. Most of my quilts are baby to lap sized.

  38. I get the newsletter via email. I like to make large quilts; twin, full or queen. Thanks.

  39. I am a fairly new quilter, about 1 year. I have made a baby doll quilt with my granddaughter, 2 wall hangings and I am presently sewing the binding on a crib size quilt for my grandson. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks

  40. Bloglovin follower here. I make from mug rug size to throw size so far. But I'm currently working on a twin flimsy.
    Rae (

  41. Following on bloglovin. Nice lattice star, never seen this pattern before.

  42. i am following on bloglovin and I like the first star !!

  43. I'm following my email. I've made a few baby quilts lately. But usually lap/throw size.

  44. I follow with RSS Feeds. I tend to make couch quilts the most, with occasional wall hangings and baby quilts for variety. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  45. I follow in Bloglovin. I thought I would not like this block with it's dark background, but it is beautiful, and blends well with the other blocks.

  46. I follow by email and bloglovin. I seem to make lap quilts most of the time, but I'm still new. Thanks

  47. I have followed by bloglovin and email. I am so new to quilting I have only made a cushion top so far, and am piecing together a table runner.