I finally made my family a Christmas quilt. YAY! I’ve always had a thing for stars and as soon as I saw the Christmas Dreams fabric from Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio, I knew it was time.
If I’m not foundation paper piecing, I like having a bit more freedom with my blocks. That’s why the wonky star and I are BFFs.
I like to think that my wonky stars walk the line between being wonky and not.
If you’ve ever wanted to give a wonky star a try, here’s how to do it.
Not So Wonky Star Tutorial
They’re really easy. A bit time consuming but at least you don’t have to worry about being too precise!
To make a 9.5″ x 9.5″ block you will need the following:
(8) 3.5″ x 3.5″ background pieces (mine are white)
(1) 3.5″ x 3.5″ print for the center
(4) 4″ x 4″ printed pieces for the points (mine are blue dot)
(1) 3.5″ x 3.5″ ruler (optional but handy)
(To make a 12.5″ x 12.5″ block use 4.5″ squares instead.)
(To make a 6.5″ x 6.5″ block use 2.5″ squares instead.)
Another option for making these blocks is to use 4″ squares and follow the same directions then square up your block with a 9.5″ x 9.5″ ruler at the end. There is more fabric waste but you don’t have to sew with a scant seam and have more room for error. 🙂 If you wanted to make a 12.5″ block then you would use 5″ squares to build your block then square up with a 12.5″ square ruler at the end.
I’ll be sharing details about my Christmas quilt layout soon so you can make one too if you feel inspired! Stay tuned!
- Cut the (4) 3.5″ x 3.5″ blue dot blocks in half along the diagonal. These 8 triangles become your points.
- Place one triangle face down on the white square near the bottom right corner. Make sure the triangle will cover the corner when you flip it over.
- Sew with a 1/4″ SA along the edge of the triangle. Trim the corner of the white block.
4. Flip the triangle over and press.
5. Place another triangle face down near the left corner. Make sure the triangle will cover the corner when flipped.
6. Sew with a 1/4″ SA along the edge of the triangle then trim the white corner of the block.
7. Flip the triangle over and press.
8. Using a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square ruler, line up the white edge of the block and trim the excess fabric from the remaining three sides. You’ve now made one arm of the star.
9. Repeat steps 1-8 using 3 other white squares and the remaining 6 triangles.
10. Arrange your finished, trimmed blocks in three rows as you see below.
11. ***IMPORTANT!*** Stitch your blocks with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance (which means move your needle one space to the right.) This will ensure that your block is the correct size when complete.
12. Sew the blocks in rows, left to right. Make sure your point blocks are facing the correct way.
12. Press your seams outward on the top and bottom rows. Press them to the center on the middle row.
13. Place the top row and middle row right sides together. Sew with a scant 1/4″ SA. Next sew the bottom row to the middle row. Press the seams flat.
And there you have it! You can now make wonky stars till your heart’s content.
Stay tuned for the wonky star Christmas quilt layout.
Have a fabulous day y’all!