Monday, March 1, 2010

The Dandy

This week's block is one of my all-time favorites. First, the name is just too good to be true and second, it's nearly impossible to screw it up. The points on the star don't have to match up with anything...they just float there looking all pointy and perfect. Try it, you might like it!


To make a 12" block you will need:

Fabric A: cut 2 - 5" x 5"
Fabric B: cut 2 - 5" x 5", cut 5 - 4.5" 4.5"
Fabric C: cut 8 - 2.5" x 2.5"


Step 1: Make some half square triangles! Mark a diagonal line on the back of two 5" squares. Pair one of fabric A and one of Fabric B, right sides together.


Sew 1/4" on either side of the line.


Cut along the line.


Press open and trim to 4.5"


Step 2: Now we'll make our star. Choose one of your 4.5" squares to be the center of your block. Set this one aside and lay out your remaining 4 squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of your Fabric C squares. Place one Fabric C onto the corner of your Fabric B square:


Sew along the line (I find that sewing a smidge to the right of the line helps my block turn out better.)


Trim 1/4" away from your seam and press triangle to the side.

Place another Fabric C square on an adjacent corner and sew along the line:


Trim and press open.


Step 3:Arrange your pieces:


Sew into rows:


And sew the rows together to finish the block:


See? Easy! And in case you're wondering, this week's project will require a 12" block.
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