Monday, April 20, 2015

QCQAL 2: Row 4 -- Crystal Star Tutorial and 8 inch row link up

Yay, finally a star block!

This is a cute block and a good one to use with fussy cut centers. I used the same fabric for the center of all nine of my blocks, but then alternated what the outer colors were for the triangles, so I ended up with 5 blocks with one color placement and 4 blocks with another.

Here's what you need to cut for one block:

For a throw sized quilt you will need:
Six (6) 3 3/8 inch squares
Twelve (12) 3 inch squares, each cut diagonally once
Twenty four (24) 2 7/8 inch squares
Six (6) 5 1/4 inch background squares
Twenty four (24) 2 1/2 inch background squares

For a twin sized quilt you will need:
Nine (9) 3 3/8 inch squares
Eighteen (18) 3 inch squares each cut diagonally once
Thirty six (36) 2 7/8 inch squares
Nine (9) 5 1/4 inch background squares
Thirty six (36) 2 1/2 inch background squares

Using your cut triangles and your 3 3/8 inch squares, sew a triangle on to each side of the square as shown below to make a square in a square unit. Your square-in-a-square units will need to be trimmed to 4.5 inches and make sure to center your square when you do so! It is also helpful to trim off your "dog ears" as you go as well to prevent bulk.

Using your 5 1/4 inch background squares and 2 7/8 inch squares, make fast flying geese units. You will need four (4) fast flying geese units per block. Draw diagonals on all of your 2 7/8 inch squares, align as shown below (2 per background square), sew 1/4 inch from each side of the line, and cut apart on the line. Press and repeat with remaining 2 7/8 inch squares. Make sure to trim off "dog ears!"

Lay out your block as shown below and sew together.

Here are all nine of my blocks:

For those of you making a twin sized quilt, remember that you will need to make a third 8" block row. I chose to make Dutch pinwheel blocks in nine different fabrics (instead of mixing up fabrics within the individual blocks).

Here are all three of my 8" block rows:

Sharing at Sew Cute TuesdayLinky Tuesday, and Fabric Tuesday!

Here's your chance -- the link up to share your 8 inch blocks will be open until May 8th!


  1. Wow - you're clearly a very accurate sewer to get all those points to meet. It's going to be great when it's finished. Thank you for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

  2. Very cute fabrics and wonderful tutorial.

  3. Hi Alison have been away from blogland for 4 months so have missed this latest quilt, can not work out how to download the instructions for the first 3 blocks from craftsy, can you help. Also to let you know I now have 30 blocks for your first QAL made but still need to arrange them in some sort of order!


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