This month I’ve been dreaming of a long overdue trip back to the state of my alma mater, and where my sweetie and I met and were married- the good ol’ land of lovers- Virginia. That lush, green moss that hangs from the trees along the roads…a barn over every hill…lightening bugs and no bake cookies and late nights chatting at the kitchen table. Oh how I miss that place. I ache to hear a symphony of ciadadas on a warm summer night.
So I decided to use the traditional Virginia Star block as my inspiration for the club this month, and stitched up a new version– Shenandoah.
It’s a simple block, really, but that’s what I love about it. Just those eight bold star points- the quintessential quilt classic- with a pop of color at the corners and in the center, which I really think adds depth and interest to it.
Here’s the full quilt that I’m working on…it’s 61” x 73” and what I call a “new traditional” throw. I’ll be posting the pattern in my shop this week (and Premium members will also receive it).
So here’s the block pattern! Enjoy! If you stitch it up, be sure to post a pic on Instagram and tag @sugarblockclub and me, @SticheryDickory.
Finished Size: 12” square
1/4 yard of white
1/4 yard of green
1/8 yard of navy
1/8 yard of gold
- Cut (4) 6 ½’’ x 3 ½’’ rectangles
- Cut (4) 3 ½’’ squares
- Cut (4) 2 ½’’ squares
- Cut (1) 6 ½’’ square
- Cut (8) 3 ½’’ squares
- Cut (4) 2 ½’’ squares
1. Draw a diagonal pencil line from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of the gold and navy squares, as well as the 2 ½’’ white squares.
2. Construct the center snowball unit by aligning each of the 2 ½’’ white squares on a corner of the 6 1/2″ green square, right sides together, so that the drawn lines are crossing the corner. Stitch on the drawn lines, then trim to ¼’’ outside the seam to create a seam allowance. Press corners open (Figure 1).
3. To make the corner units, stitch a gold square to one corner on each 3 ½’’ white square, using the same draw, stitch & flip method described in Step 2.
4. The four flying geese units are constructed by adding two navy squares to a white rectangle using the same draw, stitch & flip method used in the snowball unit. Press the first triangle open before adding the second square, and be sure the drawn lines are perpendicular to one another (Figure 2).
5. Stitch the nine units together into 3 rows of 3 units each, following the block layout guide (Figure 3). Press seams toward navy, then join rows, matching and pinning at seam intersections. Press. Square up block to 12 1/2″ as needed.
And that’s it! Simple, eh? I thought this block would be a nice break from the more tedious paper pieced one we did in July…plus school’s starting…us mammas are braving the school supply aisles at Wal-Mart, shopping for new clothes, shoes, backpacks and lunchboxes, and trying to get the kids back into an early morning schedule! What a month!
PS- Looking for the other block patterns from this year’s club? Look HERE.
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Have a fabulous August, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!