Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ashley's Star Tutorial - Building Blocks Tuesday

For this week's Building Blocks Tuesday, I thought I would share a little tutorial!

Ashley's Star Tutorial

Ashley's Star Tutorial

 I came up with this block for the Flying Geese bee that I am participating in next year.  I also have my We Bee With It bee mates making them this month.  So lucky Me will have about half my quilt completed by other people.  Love it!

For the Ashley's Star, you will need:
   - in White/Cream/or Low volume
          - One 4.5 inch square for the center
          - Four 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles for Flying Geese
          - Four 3 inch squares for HST's
          - Four 2.5 inch squares
   - in Navy
          - Sixteen 2.5 inch squares, Twelve marked on the diagonal
   - in Aqua/Mint
          - Eight 2.5 inch squares marked on diagonal
          - Four 3 inch squares for HST's
   - in Gray
          - Four 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles for Flying Geese


Step One: Make the HST's using the Four 3 inch white squares and the Four 3 inch aqua squares
 - choose one white square and one aqua square
 - place Right sides together
 - draw a pencil line across the diagonal on the wrong side of one square (please note in my pics, I like to draw lines 1/4 inch from diagonal as my sew lines)
 - sew 1/4 inch from both sides of the line
 - cut on pencil line and open to reveal HST
 - press seams open**
 - Trim HST to 2.5 inches square
 - repeat for remaining white and aqua 3 inch squares.  You should have 8 total white and aqua HST's when complete.

Making HST's

Step Two: Make Flying Geese
 - Pair one white 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 remaining white rectangles and aqua squares
 - repeat process with Gray rectangles and Eight navy 2.5 inch squares
 - You will have 4 white and aqua flying geese and 4 gray and navy flying geese total.

Making Flying Geese

Step Three: Making the center using One 4.5 inch white square and Four 2.5 inch navy squares
 - Align 2 navy squares with diagonals as shown in photo, in opposing corners of white 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 HST's, flying geese, center unit and remaining Four 2.5 inch navy squares and Four 2.5 inch white squares
- lay out block as shown


- sew units together


- press seams open

Ashley's Star

You are finished!  Your block should measure 12.5 inches

Here is another block for example.


I hope you stop by next week when I share the alternate block I came up with to go with Ashley's Star.

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  1. Jen, what is the finished size of your block? I'm trying to do the math but I figured I'd ask the expert. :)

  2. love it and therefore pinnnnned it :)

  3. very detailed tutorial which I will save the link to so I can come back and have a go, thank you

  4. Fab block - far too many HSTs for me to make, but lovely to look at!!!! Isn't one of your girls Ashley? is it for her?

  5. I am looking forward to doing the Tuesday Blocks. I just love the tutorials. So easy to follow!
    Thank you,Jen.

  6. Sparkly Day ! don't you just love it everybody !!


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