How to make a 12" finished quilt block COMPLETELY out of 2 1/2" strips!

>> Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I could have also called this post, "how I hacked a block made by Jennie Doan", but that might not have sounded as exciting:)

12 inch sweet star block

I followed this video by Jennie - except for the measurements.

Missouri Quilt Co star block video

I needed a star block for my Guild mystery challenge. I'm using two background colours and a package of 2 1/2" strips. I didn't want to have to start with pieces larger than 2 1/2" if I could help it AND I wanted the block to end up 12" finished.

Jennie's star uses jelly roll strips (2 1/2" wide strips) to make the start points, but not the background. Her block finishes at 11". 

So I played!

I used both of my background fabrics cut into 2 1/2" squares to make my background corners 4 1/2" unfinished.

Then I realized in time that my star strips would need to be longer - instead of 4" and 6", I cut mine 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".

The result is what I wanted! You can see I played with alternating my background colours to make 4 patches and tried to get the pattern to continue through the stars. If I was going to make another, I would make all of the star point squares of the same fabric!

12 inch blocks on point with 2.5 inch strips for sashing

I'm very happy with my hack and how the star block looks with the rest of my blocks.

Have you hacked a pattern?
strip star block pieced background tutorial

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Jannette February 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM  

I LOVE your star block! The two-coloured star makes the block interesting, and I like that the corners are 4-patches. I kind of like the star point squares being 2 different colours, but having them be one colour would look good too - personal preference!

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