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:

(TEST ONE BLOCK FOR SIZE FIRST)!

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.

TRIM THE DOG EARS AND DOUBLE CHECK THE SIZE TO BE SURE IT MEASURES  3 1/2" x 2"
 *****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.)
Viola!
Please note that I have a 1/4" seam allowance on all star points - YAY


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