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Ornate Star
Ornate Star Block

I don't know why this one jumped out at me, but I kinda like it. It's very simple and you should have no trouble making it. You will need 3 fabrics: a background and 2 Mediums or Darks. As you can see by my photo...I used purple and orange...make it contrasting/complimentary! We will be making this one 12" finished.

Posted: October 2000

Sample Quilt Layouts

Cut as follows:
BOM Fabric Sampler Fabric Cutting Information
Background(B) Background Cut 16 2-1/2" squares
Cut 2 5-1/2" squares
Medium/Dark 1(MD1) Med#1 Cut 4 4-1/2" squares
Medium/Dark 2(MD2) Med#3 Cut 1 4-1/2" square
Cut 2 5-1/2" squares

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Mark diagonal on the wrong side of the 5-1/2" squares of B; match right sides together with 5-1/2" squares of MD2; stitch 1/4" to either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal open toward MD2. Take 2 of the HSTs and mark the diagonal across the seam; match right sides and opposite colors together with other HSTs...butting seams to each other; stitch 1/4" to either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal open. Square up to 4-1/2".
  2. Mark diagonal on all 2-1/2" squares of B; match with one corner of 4-1/2" squares of MD1 and stitch on diagonal line; press open to corner. Repeat on all other corners.

    TIP : the units are more stable if the excess fabric is left on, but you could trim the bottom 2 layers to a 1/4" seam if you desire...I find that if I trim after I press open and square up...I get less stretching due to the seams being on the diagonal.

  3. Attach a snowball unit to either side of a QST, watching the orientation of the in direction of arrows. Create 2 rows.
    outer rows
  4. Attach a QST to either side of snowball unit, watching orientation of the in direction of arrows.
    center row
  5. Attach row from step#3 to either side of row from step#4 to create either way.
  6. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 12-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.

This is what your block might look like.

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