Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome back to the “Black & White Delight” Quilt-Along. If you’re just joining us, you may want to have a look at the “Welcome” post to help you catch up.
Today’s block is the “Friendship Star”. This pattern was popular with quilters during pioneer times, frequently presented as a gift to a friend who was moving away. The recipient of a friendship star quilt had a treasured keepsake to remind her of family and friends back home. Enjoy!
Here’s what you’ll need for today’s stitching:
- Fabric pieces from your Block 1 baggie
- Sewing machine (obviously!)
- Iron & ironing board
- Scissors for snipping thread
- Rotary cutter & mat
- Ruler(s), here’s what I use:
- 1″ by 6″ ruler for marking squares
- 3.5″ by 12.5″ ruler for cutting & trimming
- Beverage & snack(s) for hydration and energy!
Here are the contents of my Block 1 baggie:
Let’s begin by making a set of four 4-patch blocks, using Fabric C and Fabric F. If you need a refresher for 4-patch blocks, have a look at the “Fabulous 4-patch” post.
Next step will be the eight half-square triangles (HST’s) made from Fabric B and Fabric A. Use the largest squares of each, and mark a diagonal line in each direction on the back side of the Fabric B square, like this:
Put the Fabric B and Fabric A squares right sides together, matching the cut edges. Sew a scant 1/4″ on each side of the lines that you drew. We sew a scant 1/4″ to make sure that the finished HST squares are large enough. We can always trim them later if needed. Cut the squares apart to make 8 squares, like this:
Press the seams toward the dark side, like Darth Vader, and then trim to the size indicated in Step 2 on page 6 of the pattern packet. Set the eight HST squares aside until later.
Make eight more HST squares using Fabric B and Fabric D, using the process described here. The finished size will be the same as the Fabric B & Fabric A HST squares. You’ll need just four of these squares for your block.
Arrange the 4-patch squares, the Fabric B / Fabric D HST squares, and the Fabric C squares into a grid with 3 rows of 3 pieces each. Sew the squares into rows, and then sew the rows together to make the Friendship Star block center, like this:
Now you’ll add a frame around the center block to finish it! You need the eight 4-patch blocks and four Fabric B squares from your Block 1 baggie, and the eight Fabric A/ Fabric B HST squares.
Start by sewing a HST to both sides of the Fabric B squares, to make four pieces like this:
Sew one of these to each side of the friendship star block, like this:
Now add a 4-patch square to both ends of the remaining two pieces, like this:
And sew them to the top and bottom of your Friendship Star Block! All done! This block will take between 1 and 2 hours to stitch.
Purchase the pattern for the Friendship Star block by clicking the button below.
Time to show off your beautiful Friendship Star block! We’d ALL love to see a picture, so snap a photo and post it on Instagram please.
Next week we’ll sew the Fireworks block! Until then, may your stitches be straight, your bobbins full, and your seam ripper languishing in the sewing basket.