September 2003’s block is the "Neighbor Star" pattern
The block measures 8 inches square. (8 ½ X 8 ½ inches unfinished).
Instructions: Use good quality, 100% cotton pre-washed fabrics.
Choose Christmas green and red fabrics and an off-white for the background. They can be solid, "looks like solid", or a small print that looks like the given color from a distance.
NOTE: the star points can be either red or green, and the center star would be the opposite color. For my example I am using green for the star points and red for the center star.
1. From the off-white background fabric, cut four 2 1/2 inch squares.
2. Also from the off-white fabric, cut four 2
7/8 inch squares. Cut these in half from corner to corner (see
3. From the green fabric, cut four 2 7/8 inch squares.
Cut these in half from corner to corner.
4. From the red fabric, also cut four 2 7/8 inch squares
and cut them in half from corner to corner.
5. With right sides together, sew four of the green and four of the red triangles to an off-white triangle along the long side of the triangle using a 1/4" seam allowance. You should end up with eight half-square triangle sets. Four will look like the first square in graphic 5 and four will look like the second square in graphic 5. Press seams to the dark sides.
6. Sew the remaining green and red triangles together to form
four half-square triangle sets like the third square in graphic
5. Sew the squares into four rows and then assemble these four rows into a finished block. Refer to graphic 6 for placement. Remember to pin the rows together well at the seams to ensure your corners match up as closely as possible.