Welcome to the next block tutorial of Diary of A Quilter’s Virtual Quilting Bee!
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Regarding fabric selection, I wanted to add to my current sampler quilt and use red, yellow, and grey.
If you’re still debating on color choices – try this Design Seed, Jessica puts great color palette together.
Today, I’m showing you a brand new block called the Origami Star.
- (4) 1.75 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 1 (Strip#1)
- (4) 1.75 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 2 (Strip#2)
- (4) 2.00 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 3 (Strip#3)
- (12) 2.5 x 2.5 inches squares in background fabric (with a pencil or Pilot FriXion pen mark a diagonal line on each small square)
Block Construction steps:
*If you do “chain piecing” you should have this block done in less time it takes you to make dinner. Chain piecing is sewing your units in an assembly line.
Step 1: Sew strips together – you want the large strip in the middle.
- Sew Strip#1 to Strip#3
- Press seams open
- Sew Strip#2 to the other side of Strip#3
- When you’re all done you should have a block that measures 4.5 x 4.5 (square it up)
Step 2: Sew background fabric to 4.5 x 4.5 block ***W A R N I N G*** Make sure if you’re chain piecing to have each block positioned the same so you don’t mess up on background fabric placement and have to unpick
- Take (1) 2.5 x 2.5 background square block (right sides together) and line it with the top of your 4.5 x 4.5 square and sew on the line that you’ve marked.
- Trim off the corner leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance
- Press the seam allowance open
- Place another background square on the opposite side of the square and repeat the instructions above
- Place the last background square on and repeat
- With a 1/4 seam allowance sew the corner units together.
- Press seams open
Please link up in the flickr group or if you’re on Instagram use the #virtualquiltingbee – I would love too see your versions of this block!!!! The next block will be 4.5.13 can’t wait to see what’s next!
p.s Stay tuned and I’ll update the block tutorial to for a 12.5 x 12.5