Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Large No Y-Seam Eight-Point Star Quilt Block Video Tutorial

My mom's "signature quilt pattern" was an eight-point star.  Usually, it was a Lone Star or Broken Lone star quilt, which is one huge block for the entire quilt.  The problem is I absolutely hate y-seams.  So I have been on a mission to make an eight-point star quilt block with no y-seams.  I also wanted it to be in my "signature quilt" style which is larger than normal blocks.  This no y-seam eight-point star is an eighteen-inch block!



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This quilt block is a collaboration with QT Fabrics.  They were kind enough to send me over the fabric for this no y-seam eight-point star quilt block.  I will have a complete project for this block over the weekend.  I love the Patchwork Farms fabric.  The fabrics I used for the star remind me of the handkerchiefs that my dad always carried in his back pocket.  His handkerchiefs were usually a navy blue though.  If you want to do a smaller block Squash House Quilts has a 9 1/2" version.

Fabric Needs For 18" No Y-Seam Eight-Point Star Quilt Block

Patchwork Farms White Paisley Bandana Fabric
Patchwork Farms Red Paisley Bandana Fabric
Patchwork Farms Black Paisley Bandana Fabric

This block makes a lot of extra parts which can be used in the borders for your quilt or can be saved for another project.  After the video ready my tips on the block.  There are some important things to remember to make the no y-seam eight-point star quilt block go together super easy.

How To Make The No Y-Seam Eight-Point Star Quilt Block



Tips For Making The No Y-Seam Eight Point Star Quilt Block

  • Pay attention when putting on the white squares.  Make sure you put all the black ones on the same way and the red the opposite way.  These make your points and the block won't go together correctly if you switch them up.
  • Pay attention to pressing.  I pressed all the black and small white blocks to the black and all the red and small white pieces to the white.  When I added the large white blocks I switched that the black goes to the white and the red goes to the red.  This way when you start putting the pieces together every seam will nest ensuring all the points come out perfectly.
  • If you don't like to sew with an open bias on the snowball corners sew on the line and then draw a line 1/4" away from your first and sew 1/4" away from it.  Cut on the line to make your half-square triangles.
  • When you put your two big pieces together you sew on the corner to corner line and 1/4" away from the second line you drew.  You cut on that second line.  
  • Make sure you nest your seams!  This is how the block comes out with perfect points.

Fabric Requirements For A 90"x90" Quilt

You'll need to make 25 blocks.  The size of the quilt is before adding borders.  You'll get 200 half square triangles that measure out to be 3" square and 25 of the blocks with small pinwheel blocks  with the large white border.  You can use these to make your borders and matching pillows.

Patchwork Farms White Paisley Bandana Fabric - 200 4" squares and 200 rectangles 5 1/2" x 8 3/4" 10 yards needed cut strips 5 1/2" wide then sub cut into 8 3/4" you will get 4 per strip
Patchwork Farms Red Paisley Bandana Fabric - 50 rectangles 4" x 8 3/4" 1 1/2 yards
Patchwork Farms Black Paisley Bandana Fabric - 50 rectangles 4 x 8 3/4" 1 1/2 yard




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Melissa Shields
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update on this block. Also for giving us a good large block to easily make a large quilt. I have a king size bed and there are not many patterns for a king size or else they are a lot of blocks. :)

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    1. Robin I don’t like to make a ton of blocks so that’s why I enlarge the blocks. Much quicker to make 30 blocks instead of 60. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. The larger size also makes it easier to manage for those of us challenged by seams and points. Thanks for the tutorial of a very pretty block. And your work is wonderful Melissa.

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