September is my month in the Stash Trad Bee & I have totally been struggling with what block to have my group members make for me. I have finally decided to go with a scrappy String Star. Now, I know that I have seen a tutorial for this block somewhere (I can find the 6 pointed string star–but, I really wanted the 8 pointed one) but I’ve looked high and low to no avail. So, here’s a tutorial of my own–it includes templates which I think makes things pretty easy–the one I had originally spotted did not. If anyone stumbles across the one I had originally seen–please let me know, I’d love to give credit!
*Thanks to Ellen the block I had originally seen has been tracked down. Thanks so much Ellen!–You can see the block I originally saw here.
Let’s get started:
You will need:
a bunch of 1″ strings–for my block I am using a combo of Aqua, Coral, Yellow, Green & Grey/Taupe.
a bunch of 2″ strings in the same colors(you’ll use these at the very tips of each diamond)
a 1″ x WOF string from a solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
(4) 4 3/8″ squares cut diagaonlly once from solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
(4) 3 3/8″ squares cut diagonally once from solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
4 copies of The Templates (make sure to set your page scaling to “none” when printing these out)
Begin by placing one of the solid strings aligned so the top edge runs thru the points on the right and left–you can see the placement in the picture above. Use a little bit of temp. fabric spray adhesive to hold it into place & work from the non printed side.
After placing the solid string properly work the strings just as you would with any other string block until the diamond shape is covered with strings. Make sure to shorten up your stitch length You’ll notice that I used all 1″ strings for my block–in hindsight, I should have used (1) 2″ string at the points on each end.
Flip the block over and trim on the 1/4″ seam allowance line(the lighter line around the edge). Remove paper.
Continue to make a total of 8 diamonds.
You will probably want to lay out the block before sewing the triangles in place as the triangle orientation varies. Sew a small triangle and a right triangle onto each diamond unit like so(4 units will be made with this orientation & 4 with the opposite orientation–you’ll make a total of 8 units).
Sew together the units made above into 4 quarter units(here you can see the two different orientations).
Sew the quarters together to complete the block.
And there ya go! A fun, mostly mindless block. =)