Star Swap 2020

Oh My Stars Swap Tutorial

Hello Fun Swappers!  Here we go!

Basic Information:
  1. Each Block will finish at 6" (6 1/2" unfinished)

Here are the pieces you need to cut for each block:
4 - 2" squares of background (muslin for repro, white for modern)
1 - 3 1/2" square for the center 
4 - 3 1/2" x 2" Flying Geese Units

To Make the Flying Geese Units:


The cutting instructions are:

4 - 2 3/8" squares for the star point fabric
1 - 4 3/8" Square from the background fabric
Mark diagonal lines on the small squares from corner to corner and lay them (right sides together) on the larger square.
Here I used a simple lead mechanical pencil.
 Here I used the sewline white ceramic pencil
I do at least two sets at a time, more if I have them prepped.   If you want to use pins, I pin way to the side so I can't hit them with my needle.
 Sew an accurate 1/4" seam away from both sides of the drawn line.
 Now using you scissors or a rotary cutter cut through the drawn line.
Finger press, then press with a hot (dry) iron toward the small half squares.

I do like to use a little starch on piecing to keep things nice and straight.
 Now place another small square on the background of the unit and sew 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line.
 Cut on the line and press
And here you have your flying geese units.

 *****Special Report - when I used these measurements, my block did not come out quite the right size.  It was close but I knew it could be better***
So here are the Revised sizes I used:

4 - 2 1/2" squares for the points
1 - 4 3/8" square for the background
If you use the revised size, you will probably have to trim a little.  Please use a good ruler with clear lines and be sure you have a 1/4" seam allowance on this side of the unit.  See below↓↓
Trim the dog ears
and check your finished trimmed unit - 3 1/2" x 2".

Layout out the block and sew into 3 horizontal rows.
Press well.  Here is how it should look on the back:
Join the rows to complete the block
The back will look like this before pressing. 
Press the last 2 seams OPEN so the block lays flat.
It will look like this (you can see that I very carefully graded the seam by carefully trimming the green fabric so it won't show through to the front.)
Please note that I have a 1/4" seam allowance on all star points - YAY

1 comment:

  1. 9-12-2021 Finally these swap stars are going into a baby quilt for a friend who at 46 is pregnant! Her other "baby" is 24! Needless to say this is a surprise I thought OH MY STARS would be the perfect gift :0) I do hope we have another swap or sew along soon. Thanks Barb for all your quilting inspiration!


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