Neighbor Star Block

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.        


1.           off-white square   
2.         off-white triangles

3.         green triangles


4.         red triangles

5.         HST triangles

6.       final assembly


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 graphic 2).

3.  From the green fabric, cut four 2 7/8 inch squares.  Cut these in half from corner to corner.
(see graphic 3).

4.  From the red fabric, also cut four 2 7/8 inch squares and cut them in half from corner to corner.
(see graphic 4).


Sewing Directions

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.

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. 

   THAT'S IT!!!

    Your completed unfinished block will measure 8 1/2 inches.
8 inches after sewn into a quilt!

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