It’s May….but you’d never know it here in Colorado, where the falling snow looks like a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting! I know…what in the world. I’m here with another Sugar Block for you, and I didn’t even realize that it looked so wintery until this very moment. I must be in sync with the weather (so next time I’m going for all warm colors!). I can’t wait to see what yummy fabrics you choose!
This month I chose the Lone Star as my classic patchwork inspiration. This eight-pointed star shape has been a quilting staple since the birth of America, and even earlier- in England as well as in Native American tribes- and through the years it’s had many names- Lakota Star, Mathematical Star, Bethlehem Star, Star of the East, and Morning Star.
Usually eight-pointed stars are filled in with strip-pieced diamonds, and lots of Y seams (yowzers!). I chose to to forgo all of that, and just use foundation paper piecing to create a less-fussy hollow eight-pointed star with a light, crisp look, that’s super easy to make.
Paper Pieced Morning Star Block
Finished Size: 12” square
1/4 yard of white
1/4 yard blue
1/4 yard teal
- (8) 3 1/2” x 4” rectangles (patches A1 and B1)
- (8) 4 1/2’’ squares (patches A4 and B4)
- (8) 4 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ rectangles (patches A5 and B5)
- (8) 3 1/2” x 2 1/4” rectangles (patches A2 and B2)
- (8) 2 1/4” squares (patches A3 and B3)
You’ll find the templates for this block HERE. Print four copies.
NOTE- It’s important to make sure that your printer settings are on “actual size” and not
“shrink to fit,” so that your pieces will turn out the right size. To double check that the template printed correctly, measure the 1” marking on the template page with a ruler, and if it’s precisely 1”, then you’re good to go.
1. If you’re comfortable paper piecing these, then print your templates and jump right in! If not, please refer to THIS photo tutorial of a similar block, or revisit the Craftsy BOM October lesson for a video demo. Piece all eight units using this method, then press with starch, trim, and remove the paper.
2. Stitch each A unit to a B unit along the longest side, and press the seam open (Figure 1).
3. Stitch the four square units together first in rows of two, press seams to the side, then join the rows, pinning at seam intersections (Figure 2). Square (trim) block to 12 1/2” as needed.
And that’s all there is to it! See why I love paper piecing? It’s a great change of pace, and in my opinion, the easiest way to get crisp, impressive-looking intricate angles.
Well that’s the Sugar block for May! I’ll be posting later this week about a brand new quilt I designed around this block so keep an eye out for that.
PS- Looking for the other block patterns from this year’s club? Look HERE.
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