I am so excited this morning to share with you my Selvage Star Block Tutorial!!! I originally had this idea clear back here , and ya, it took 2 Years and a String Along to finally get this process rolling. But here it is, and I am having so much fun making these Selvage Star blocks. And I hope with this little tutorial you will have just as much fun. So let's get to it!!!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
For a 24" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 7" Cut 4 Small Squares - 6 1/2"
For a 22" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 6 1/2" Cut 4 Small Squares - 6"
For a 20" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 6" Cut 4 Small Squares - 5 1/2"
For a 18" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 5 1/2" Cut 4 Small Squares - 5"
For a 16" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 5" Cut 4 Small Squares - 4 1/2"
For a 14" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 4 1/2" Cut 4 Small Squares - 4"
For a 12" Block Cut 4 Large Squares - 4" Cut 4 Small Squares - 3 1/2"
MAKING SELVAGE SQUARES
Now your squares are all cut and you are ready to start playing with Selvages. For the Selvage Star Block, you will need to add Selvages to the 4 Large Foundation squares and the 4 Small Foundation squares. And if you need to know how to do that, I created a Sewing with Selvages Tutorial just yesterday to walk you through the process. Handy that is, almost like I planned for these two tutorials to go together ;)
MAKING HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
So now we are going to turn the Large Selvage Square into Half Square Triangle units. Grab your 4 Large Selvage Squares, and 4 Large Background Squares. The Small Selvage and Background squares can be set aside for the moment.
On the wrong side of the 4 Large Background Squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Place the Marked Background Square on to the Large Selvage Square with right sides together aligning the raw edges and pin in place. Take care that the diagonal of the Selvages and the marked diagonal are going the same direction as shown.
You will be stitching a 1/4" seam on either side of the drawn line as shown. Chain stitching all 4 sets will save you time and thread.
Simply start with stitching the 1/4" seam along the left hand side of the drawn line on all 4 sets. Then clip the threads between your sets.
Now repeat the process for the other side of the drawn line. You will finish with 4 sets all stitched on both sides of the drawn line. Again. clip the threads between your sets.
Now move to your cutting mat. Cut the square sets along the drawn line to make two sets of triangles. Press the seam allowance towards the Background fabric. You will have 8 Half Square Triangle Units total.
Now trim all the Half Square Triangle units to the same size as you Small Squares. Be sure to align the seam allowance and the diagonal line on your square ruler to ensure your HST's are trimmed square. If you haven't trimmed HST's before, you can see this tutorial for more detailed instructions.
And now you have 8 Half Square Triangle units. And now you are ready to make the block!!!
MAKING THE BLOCK
Layout your 8 Half Square Triangle units, 4 Small Selvage Square units, and 4 Small Background squares as shown below. Take care to place the Small Selvage Square units so that they make a "diamond" in the direction of the Selvages :)
Once you have it all laid out, it's time to sew the units into rows. To do this, place the second unit onto the first unit (shown in row 1) in each row with right sides together. Chain Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of each pair in each row. Put your sewn pieces back in your layout. And now you just repeat this for each unit in the row. Place your third unit in each row onto your second unit (shown in row 2) with right sides together and align and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge. Repeat for the last unit in each row. (shown in row 3) Now all 4 rows should be sewn together. (shown in row 4)
Press the seams open. This will help to reduce the bulk of all those Selvages ;)
And now, you just have to sew the Rows together to make the block. Place the first row onto the second row with right sides together. Place the fourth row onto the third row with right sides together. Align and pin the seams in place. Stitch a 1/4" seam along both pinned edges.
And when stitching that seam, take care that you sew directly across the bottom of the Fabric V in the center seam. This will ensure that you get a nice crisp point!!
Now just one seam left!!! Place the top half of the block onto the bottom half of the block with right sides together. Align and pin the seams in place. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.
And again, when stitching that seam, take care that you sew directly across the bottom of the Fabric V in the two outer seams ensuring nice crisp points!!
And all that is left is to press the seams open. And your done!!!!
You now have a beautiful Selvage Star Block!!! Isn't it just so fun!!!! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Selvage Star Block I would love to see it!! You can email me a picture at email@example.com or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc ;) I can't wait to see your Selvage Star Blocks!!!
And just for fun . . . this is what I plan to make with my Selvage Stars :) It will require 23 Selvage Stars and 4 Half Selvage Stars (just don't sew that last seam :) so ya, it's going to take a while. But is is going to be incredible when it is done. I am making my stars 20" so it will finish at 100" square and be perfect for the king size bed!! I will be sure to share my progress along the way :)
Thanks so much for popping in today and every day!!! I am so glad I got to share this tutorial with you all and hope I have inspired you to Sew with your Selvages!!!