11.26.2011

A Stellar Block


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Thank you to all that participated in my November fabric giveaway - the winner has been drawn and I've emailed them directly.

On a different note, here's a block tutorial that will be featured on Sew We Quilt on the 30th - just wanted to share it with you all first! This block is a different take on the cathedral window design and uses only charm squares (pre-cut 5" squares). There are so many crafting possibilities with this quick and easy block! Check out our shop for an assortment of charm squares and make some yourself - enjoy! :)

Materials for 1 block (measures 9.5" x 9.5" finished):
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares
  • four pre-cut 5 inch squares in solid white
Step 1 - Start with one printed and one solid white 5 inch square.

Step 2 - Take the solid white 5 inch square and fold all four corners inward as shown below. Press flat with an iron. This will give you a smaller square, where one side has folds and the other side does not.

Step 3 - Place the smaller, folded square on top of the printed square as shown below. The non-folded side should be facing you. Then, secure the smaller square to the printed square by sewing two straight lines from corner to corner of the smaller square. Do not sew the sides down. (I used white thread so you may need to enlarge the image to see).

Step 4 - Since you sewed from corner to corner in the previous step, the sides of the smaller square should be open, almost like little pockets. Fold the sides toward the center of the square and stitch them down, as shown below.
Do this for all four sides:

Step 5 - Repeat the above until you have a total of four.
Step 6 - With right sides facing together, sew the first two blocks in the first row together, then press open with an iron. Repeat for the second row. Then, with right sides facing together, sew rows 1 and 2 together, then press open with an iron.
And there you have it! One stellar block!

Happy quilting!

32 comments:

  1. This is a cute block. Did find that I was a bit confused in Step 4 when you said to fold the sides toward the center of the square and stitch them down. Do you cut off any of the fabric? How many times do you fold the piece down?

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    1. the non folded side is up, the folds are placed down on the print square. then the white one is stitched down and the folds done and stitched also.

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  2. gracias por el tutorial, que tengas un lindo fin de semana besos ♥♥

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  3. thanks for the tute. i have tons of charms and until now didn't like any of the charm patterns to use them.

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  4. Just now saw the great 9-patch on Moda Bake Shop. Now I check out your super blog and find another block idea I MUST try. I'm a long-time follower, and your blog never disappoints.

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  5. WOW that is a cool idea!! It is amazing the different ways of doing this block. I really like this way. Thanks for sharing it!! God bless.

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  6. FAB-U-LOUS! What a great idea. Your blocks look great.

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  7. Once again you have taken the complex and made it simple! Cathedral window quilts have always been time consuming but the way you did this, you have made it easier!

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  8. I really like your way of doing a Cathedral Window. I have all ways wanted to try one, but didn't want to do the hand sewing.

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  9. Hello Jera
    I´m new in your BLOG and I love it.
    Hugs from Berlin

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  10. This is a really neat block! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. Thank you for the tutorial....another one to try. I think I'm set for the next couple of years. Let's hope Madame Samm doesn't do this again!

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  12. Thanks so much for a great tut over at Sew We Quilt. I am working on your block right now and love it's simplicity and looking so complex ;) It is the last block I will be adding to my sampler from the Nov Block Party blocks. I'll have a picture posted soon at www.quiltmonstsercloset.com. thanks again!!

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  13. This was absolutely lovely! Greetings from Norway :)

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  14. WOW! My mind is seriously blown by this! :)

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  15. Thank you so much! I had great fun playing with this block. Mine ended up looking fairly different to yours, but I wouldn't have got there without this tutorial so for that I say thank you! If you're interested I blogged about it here:
    http://craftandnappies.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/wip-wednesday-sewing-by-numbers.html

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  16. this is amazing! It's great twist on a cathedral windows block.

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  17. Wow! This makes it look so easy. Thanks for the great pictures! This is something I'll have to try. When I have the time.

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  18. love this....so cute and seems very do-able!!

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  19. Looks kool and easy to follow, thank you.

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  20. Great tut! I love your blog. Found you through a link on Bonnie Hunter's facebook page. I've printed it out and put with my stack of charms I purchased from Craftsy.com. Just have to find a bright white to make the windows! Thank you again and have a great day. Allison in North Texas

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  21. I made one yesterday and I love this. Do you have any tips on finishing a lap size quilt ? I am definitely making a pillow or two.

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  22. I am wondering if there are any finished pictures out there of this on a larger scale? I really like this and wish to see some bigger pictures of quilts that are finished so I can get some ideas for color placement and how others have finished the edges.

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  23. I'm curious why you don't make the under square a 1/4 inch larger all the way around so that the points on your white fabric match up better and do not get sewn under into the seam--
    just curious-- Love your idea !!
    Also what about swapping the prints and the solids-- interesting concept !!

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  24. Nice and easier way to sew Cathedral Windows. What about placing a square of contrast, perhaps solid color fabric on the center square, before sewing the curves? This way you cover the central seams and have a bright center.

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  25. well, dang...that is sure cute & so creative, i love it!

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  26. I love the way that this looks so complex, but is simple...enough
    Robyn
    Adelaide South Australia

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  27. Just what I was looking for! I took a class at a sewing store to learn how to make a machine stitched block maybe 30 yrs ago. Now that my kids are grown, I now have the opportunity to do a quilt like this. The use of charm squares and machine stitching simplifies everything. Thanks for a great tutorial. Spinnin' Jenny in GA

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  28. Thanks! What a super idea...I'm excited to try!
    Greetings from Zimbabwe.

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  29. I used this method making a quilt before. Its fairly easy.

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  30. I am still learning about quilting....and I have watched so many tutorials. You made this so easy to understand. Thank you so much for showing a shortcut to make this block.

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