Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ashley's Star alternate block tutorial - Building Blocks Tuesday

As promised, for this week's Building Blocks Tuesday, I am sharing the tutorial for the alternate block for Ashley's Star Quilt!

Ashley's Star Tutorial - alternate block


This block uses the same components as the Ashley Star block, minus the HST's.

For the alternate block for Ashley's Star, you will need:
   - in White/Cream/or Low volume
          - Four 4.5 inch square for the center
   - in Navy
          - Twelve 2.5 inch squares, marked on the diagonal
   - in Aqua/Mint
          - One 4.5 inch square
          - Eight 2.5 inch squares, marked on the diagonal for Flying Geese
   - in Gray
          - Eight 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles for Flying Geese


Step One: Make Flying Geese
 - Pair one gray 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle and one 2.5 inch aqua square (marked on diagonal), place square in the corner of the rectangle, aligning edges
 - Sew along marked line
 - Trim 1/4 inch from sewn line
 - open and press seams open
 - Align another 2.5 inch aqua square in the other corner as shown in the photo
 - sew along marked line
 - trim 1/4 inch from sewn line
 - open and press seams open
 - repeat for total of 4 grey rectangles and aqua squares
 - repeat process with Gray rectangles and Eight navy 2.5 inch squares
 - You will have 4 gray and aqua flying geese and 4 gray and navy flying geese total.

These photos are from making the Ashley Star block, so the colors are a little different, but I'm adding it again in case you need a visual on how to make the Flying Geese.

Making Flying Geese

Step Two: Making the center using One 4.5 inch aqua square and Four 2.5 inch navy squares
 - Align 2 navy squares with diagonals as shown in photo, in opposing corners of aqua square
 - sew along diagonal lines
 - trim 1/4 inch from sewn lines
 - open, press seams open
 - align 2 more navy squares on the other two opposing corners of the white square as shown
 - sew along diagonal lines
 - trim 1/4 inch from sewn lines
 - open and press seams open

Making Center units

Step Four: Assembling the block using plain white squares, flying geese, and center unit.

- lay out block as shown


- sew units together and press seams open


You are finished!  Your block should measure 12.5 inches

Here are how your Ashley Star blocks and the alternate blocks might look together.


Or in fabric.....


I hope that if you make any Ashley's Stars you might share them here.  I will be sure to share my finished quilt when it is ready.

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  1. Thank you for the tutorial--now to get cutting and stitching

  2. good block, my 2015 list is growing by the minute thank you

  3. Cutting today, sewing tomorrow( for we bee canadian) - the quilt is going to be awesome, looking forward to the final reveal! :)


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