Virtual Quilting Bee 2013

Virtual Quilting Bee: Block#2 Origami Star

March 21, 2013

Origami Star Block

Welcome to the next block tutorial of Diary of  A Quilter’s Virtual Quilting Bee!

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The Virtual Quilting Bee is a great online Quilt-A-Long combined with great tips and tricks. Earlier this month, Mrs. Sherri of A Quilting Life showed us how to make a great Sawtooth Block.

Regarding fabric selection, I wanted to add to my current sampler quilt and use red, yellow, and grey.

4x5 Color Choice

If you’re still debating on color choices – try this Design Seed, Jessica puts great color palette together.

Design Seeds

Today, I’m showing you a brand new block called the Origami Star.


Fabric Requirements:

  • (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 #1 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

Step #2 Step 3: Sewing the Units together

  • With a 1/4 seam allowance sew the corner units together.
  • Press seams open

Step #3
Origami Star Tutorial

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 Here’s the link for a 12.5 x 12.5 block!!!

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  • Reply Jeanenne Nielsen March 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    It is really a cute block and I appreciate the tutorial.

  • Reply Kaitlin @ Wunderbar March 22, 2013 at 4:05 am

    This is such a cool block and really creative. Can’t wait to start mine tomorrow!!

  • Reply Brooke March 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Amy! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this block! I was looking at it before reading your instructions, thinking, How did she put that together?! Then after reading the instructions – GENIUS!

  • Reply Joan Old March 22, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Lovely block. Could you please state whether the measurements are in inches or centimetres?

  • Reply Lynn b March 22, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Love this block! Thanks for the tutorial and being part of the virtual bee! Working on it now!

  • Reply mickey white March 22, 2013 at 7:29 am

    LOVE your block and the COLORS ! wow !!! I’m not doing the bee , but thought I’d leave you a comment about how fabulous it is ! May have to make the block when you post the bigger measurments for the 12.5 !

  • Reply AnneMarie March 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Love this block babe! Your color selection really makes it happen. Adding your tute to my block Library…

  • Reply trish March 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Hi Sukie!
    Fabulous tutorial.
    Will be making my block today.
    Thanks so much!

  • Reply Lee @ Freshly Pieced March 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I seriously love this block! And Origami Star is a great name!

  • Reply Claire March 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Great block, can’t wait to get working on it tomorrow!

  • Reply Barbie March 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

    This is a great block, Amy! I love how you put it together. Nice color choices too.

  • Reply Wendy L March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I just finished mine! Thanks for the great block! It was the perfect quickie project this afternoon.
    (added to the flickr pool:

  • Reply Jenybeth March 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  • Reply Lisa March 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Just made this block for the bee! Thanks for the great tutorial, super easy to follow. Here’s my finished block

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  • Reply Shannon March 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love your block! I’m going to make mine tonight. I miss seeing all you girls at Quilt Guild!!!

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  • Reply Katy March 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Lovely quilt block! I had to try it right away! I didn’t had some precut I thought would work, so I did mine with 2.5″ strips and some 4″ squares I already had in my stash! It turned out pretty cool! Love it!

  • Reply Jan April 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I love your block, it is adorable. This is my first time doing a block of the month online. I am pretty new at quilting, very new. I got my Happy Go Lucky fabric so am just getting started with this. My first block is done so on to #2. A quick, hopefully not silly question, about the white that you used in your block. Is it the white pin dot in the layer cake pack that I bought?
    Thanks so much for your help,

  • Reply carla April 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hi! Can you tell me what the finished size is with the measurements you have? I think it’s an 8″ but I’m not sure.


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    I have read all the instructions and cannot wait to start this block. I have done 1 and 5 so far and am getting into the swing of it! I love the name and the creativity of the strips.

  • Reply Stephie May 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I should have heeded the warning 😛 Great block, looks very pretty made up – thank you 🙂

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    Love this block, very unusual! I love your colors. Thanks for the link to Design seed. It’s really amazing!

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    Hi, Thanks for the great tutorial for this star. I have been looking around your site for the 12.5″ star tutorial. Am I missing it? I think that would be super! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    Mary Malone

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