Tuesday, October 23, 2018

~ Autumn Star ~ TUTORIAL ~

So how many of you are like me and have piles of Half Square Triangles piling up from using the flippy corners method.  (What's a flippy corner!?  A tutorial can be found here. )  I've saved hundreds possibly thousands of these over the years.  The plan was to someday make a quilt from all of them.  Great plan...had I squared them up as they were made.   To square up all them now would just be a pain in the neck...LITERALLY.   It's still fun from time to time to pull out a few or use the ones from a current project in a small quick project.  These (76) orange Hst's were laying on my cutting table waiting be stored away with the others when the quilty wheels started turning.   A block was born!  Autumn Star is what I named my version simply because I could not find another like it in my 30 minute skip through Google.  If you know the real name please let me know.  This block could be simplified by using flying geese and square in a square blocks instead of Hst's. 

For this block you will need (24) 2.5"  Hst's.  If you don't have an abundance of Hst's laying around like me you can always make your own.  The easiest way to make 24 of these would be the MAGIC 8 method.  Karen Walker of Laugh Yourself into Stitches has great little tutorial with a chart for many different sized Hst's.

Here's the complete list of what is needed to make ONE  16" Autumn Star Block.

*(24) 2.5" Hst's
*(4) 2.5" background
*(4) 4.5" x 2.5" background
*(4) 6.5" x 2.5" background
*(4) 4.5" 4.5" Aqua

****The arrows show pressing directions in the images below****

Stitch together (2) Hst's to make Unit 1

Assemble (2) 6.5" x 2.5" with (1) Unit 1.

 Assemble (1) 2.5" background with (3) Hst's to make Unit 2

 Assemble (2) 4.5" x 2.5" background and (1) 4.5" x 4.5" Aqua with (2) Unit 2

Assemble (4) Hst's to make Unit 3

Assemble (2) Unit 1 with (2) 4.5" x 4.5" Aqua and (1) Unit 3.

Assemble as shown below.

 Press and you have your first block!  Yay!  How many are you planning to make?

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you make one please let me know by email, Or by tagging your blocks on Instagram with #autumnstarquiltblock or just tag me @podunkpretties  

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  1. Very pretty block and great tutorial, Lea Anne! Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's beautiful, Lea Anne, thank you for sharing your method.

  3. Sweet! I love it. Thank You for the tutorial.

  4. This is such a cute little block. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.


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