I fell in love with a quilt block this week… the directions were sketchy so I thought I would do a picture tutorial showing ironing and sewing helps 🙂
This is a Disappearing 9 Patch Star … and Yes! It starts with a 9 patch… I am making mine very scrappy 😍
The instructions I found online after seeing this photo…
on THIS blog post from 2014 tells a better history of this block and shows some great scrappy photos…. but no real instructions on how… now I am a fairly good quilter so I figured I could play around and figure out my own way to do it… then I found THIS blog post from 2013 showing this much less scrappy star block….
your first 4 blocks will look similar to this in scrappiness….
- 2 – blue 4″ squares
- 2 – red 4″ squares
- 1 – center 4″ square (I went light with mainly red cream and blue colors there)
- 4 – white/cream 4″ squares AND
- 8 – white/cream 2 5/8″ squares
(HINT: Make sure you have NO REPEATS in your bundle of blocks you are making at once to mix and match… this is important to a scrappy finish)
Press with a hot iron BACK first to keep seams going as below… then turn over and press from the front to avoid any tucks or pleats …
Cut into 4 pieces with 2 cuts…. (HINT: DO NOT disturb your block until both cuts have been made for the most accurate finish… use a smaller mat and rotate or move yourself around if need be):
Here is my sets of blocks lined up ready to sew on the 2 5/8″ blocks for the flip and sew corners….
Here I am now sewing the flip and sew corners. I ironed mine in half and followed the valley side of the pressed block. You could instead mark a pencil/pen line across the square… (HINT: Sew just to the right of your mark or valley by a thread to leave potential space for thread and fabric to fold over).
Here are all of a block with flippy corners sewn on both sides properly… Make sure you are sewing your flippy corners on right to make a star! lol
Now cut off the excess leaving a scant 1/4″ or so ….
Press open careful not to distort these bias edges now 🙂
Next is up to you … the first blog post I shared the lady sewed halves together for a LONG time before joining… I like that way best too I think for a scrappy finish. Here are 2 scrappy halves…
Once sewn together open the center most seam so that all your seams open in a different direction.
Here is a close up of that center seam opened….
By doing this … you make it easy to join your blocks without sashing…. and you have nice areas once joined for some fancy stitching when quilting it too!