Let’s finish these up!
Here’s the full pattern for the Rolling Star Quilt Block.
Rolling Star Quilt Block and Quilt Info
Here’s my layout. 🙂 Loving it!
By my calculations for the above layout, I need the following materials:
1.5 yds gray
1.25 yards white
1 yd navy
1/2 yd each of 6 different fabrics for feature colors (2 blocks from each color)
1/2 yd binding (2.25″ strips by WOF)
backing fabric – 3 yards non-directional at 42″ WOF OR 2.25 yards of 54″ wide backing.
batting- same as backing
Measurements are for an 18.5″ x 18.5″ block / 18″ finished.
(4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ yellow (geese corners)
(1) 15.5″ x 15.5″ yellow (HST)
(1) 6.5″ x 6.5″ yellow (center)
(1) 7.75″ x 7.75″ gray (geese)
(1) 15.5″ x 15.5″ gray (HST)
(4) 3.5″ x 3.5″ white (corners)
(1) 7.75″ x 7.75″ white (geese)
(4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ navy (geese corners)
Each 18″ block is made from (9) 6.5″ x 6.5″ units: 4 blocks with geese, 4 with HST and 1 center.
Measurements for the HST blocks will yield 8 HST, enough for 2 Rolling Star Blocks.
The whole quilt has 12 blocks, 18″ each = 54″ x 72″.
Pick 6 feature fabrics and make 2 blocks from each.
See the end of the post for a pdf of this post.
Flying Geese Tutorial
Flying Geese: Inspired by this tutorial, here is how I make them. Yields 4 geese. You will need to make 8 geese per block, (2) sets of 4. One set of geese will use fabrics A/B and one set will use fabrics C/D.
I like my geese to have some wiggle room so you’ll need to trim these blocks.
(1) 7.75″ x 7.75″ square (the geese)
(4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ squares (the geese corners)
- Place the red squares on opposite corners of the larger square. There will be some overlap.
- Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner over the red squares.
- Draw a line 1/4″ to the right and left of the center line. Sew along these lines.
- Rotary cut along the center line.
- Press seams toward the geese.
6. Place a red square on the blue corner of one of the units you just pressed.
7. Draw a diagonal line across the red square from corner to corner. Draw a line 1/4″ to the right and left of the center line. Sew along these lines.
8. Rotary cut along the center line. Press and repeat for remaining unit.
9. Press seams toward red corners.
10. Align your ruler with the point of the goose and the 3.25″ mark. The 3.25″ is the center. Trim the sides of the block to be 3.25″ each then turn and trim the height of the block making sure to keep a 1/4″ seam allowance above the goose point!
The trimmed blocks should be 3.5″ tall x 6.5″ wide.
For the rolling star block, you’ll make 2 sets of 4 geese.
Now, onto the BIG half square triangles for the corners.
Big Half-Square Triangle Tutorial
This half-square triangle tutorial is a quick way to make 8 HST units, enough for two rolling star blocks.
(2) 15.5″ x 15.5″ squares
(8) 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares
- Place the fabrics right sides together.
- Draw diagonal lines using your ruler from corner to corner.
- Draw a line across the middle horizontally and one vertically at 7.75″.
- Pin in place.
6. Draw a line 1/4″ to the left and the right of the diagonal lines. These are your sewing lines.
7. Stitch along the sewing lines.
8. Cut along the original lines you drew in steps 2 & 3.
9. Open your half-square triangles and press seams toward the darker fabric.
10. Use your 6.5″ x 6.5″ square up ruler to align the center seam. Trim your block to 6.5″ x 6.5″.
Add the corner piece.
11. Place a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square on the top left corner. Align edges. Draw a diagonal line from top right corner to bottom left corner.
12. Sew just inside the line (to the right of the line.) This is important! It will ensure that when you flip the fabric, your block will be the right size.
13. Trim the excess leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
14. Flip the fabric and press.
BOOM! HST done!
All that is left is to assemble your block units.
- Sew two geese together ( an A/B goose and a C/D goose.) Repeat so you have 4 geese blocks with 2 geese each.
- Arrange your 9 units in order and sew the top row. Press seams to the left.
- Sew the middle row and press seams to the right.
- Sew the bottom row and press seams to the left.
- Sew the top to the middle and then the bottom to the middle. Press center seams open.
TIP: Adding a little starch or pressing spray will help keep your blocks looking sharp! Flatter Spray or homemade vodka spray are great options.
To complete your quilt top, just make 11 more blocks! You can do it! 🙂
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