Friday, November 9, 2012

Star Gardener

This was a fun block for me.  I went with 2 basic colors, but I went scrappy within the colors.  This is Block #87 from the Farmer's Wife Book

  • 24 half square triangles that finish at 1" (1 1/2" strip cut with easy Angle)
  • 1 - 2 1/2" square
  • 8 - 1 1/2" squares
  • 8 half square triangles that finish at 1" (1 1/2" strip cut with EA)
  • 8 quarter square triangles cut from 1 1/2" strip with the Companion Angle

Sew together the 8 half squares.  Press seams open and make sure they measures 1 1/2".  Join the half squares with the squares to form a 4 patch.  Press toward the 1 1/2" dark squares, and press the final seam open.

Join the 8 quarter squares with the remaining 16 triangles  to form flying geese.  I like to press the first seam toward the larger (dark) triangle and the second seam toward the smaller (light) triangle.  Join the completed flying geese in pairs.  I pressed the seam between the geese open

Lay out the 9 units and sew together to complete the 6 1/2" block.


 I made this block a little differently than it is in the book.  I substituted flying geese for half squares - which removed 8 seams. 

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