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A Season in Blue Quilt Along - "Blooming Star" Month 3

Let's learn how to make a quilt "glow" with this month's block.


Each month we are making individual blocks

from a selection of quilts found in our "A Season in Blue" book.

This will give you a chance to try some of the beautiful patterns

and grow as a quilter, as we create a Block Sampler.


For more information about this event, click here.

Our third month's blocks will be Shooting Stars from

the “Blooming Star” quilt on page 50 of our "A Season in Blue" book.


Please note: Fabrics in step-by-step photos and videos may vary from my blocks.

These will be provided to demonstrate the technique, and how to make your blocks

through the step-by-step photos and videos.


I will share with you the fabrics I will be using for each block, but

I encourage you to get creative this year and choose fabrics that you love!


STAR BLOCK

We will be making this Star block in a variety of fabrics!

Gather your supplies and follow the cutting directions on page 51 of the "A Season in Blue" book.

For our Block Sampler, you will need 5 Star Blocks.

Have fun picking out your fabrics and get creative with those color choices!


The directions below are to compliment the full directions in our book, A Season in Blue.

For full instructions, refer to pages 51-54.


Don't forget to visit our YouTube channel. If you need a little extra help,

click here to watch and get helpful tips for this block!



Are you ready to make some stars? For one block, you will need the following:

Cutting: From dark fabric, cut 12 Template A pieces.

From light fabric, cut a 2½" x 18" strip. Then cut 12 Template B triangles.


Each Star block is created from 12 A and 12 B pieces.

For our Block Sampler, we will be making 5 total star blocks. You will need 60 A and 60 B pieces total.


Starting with the dark A piece right side up in your hand.


Fold in half, right sides together, as shown.

Sew from the side point to the tip along top of the blade using a ¼" seam allowance.

Trim inside top tip of seam allowance, leaving at least ⅛" seam.


Note: Please notice that for step-by-step pictures, I am using the same darks to simplify the pictures and help you focus on the technique. For your block you can mix and match darks or keep them in the same fabric as you desire.

Turn the blade right side out and use a chopstick or blunt edge poker to fully turn point.


Center the seam on the backside of A piece and press blade firmly, pushing seam allowance to one side. Repeat for all A pieces.

Edyta's Tip: Sewing, turning, and pressing the A blades

goes very quickly if you're using a chain-piecing technique.


Next, take light B triangle piece and fold the top tip down ¼", wrong sides together, and finger press.


With wrong sides together, fold light B triangle in half lengthwise as shown.


Place dark blade A right side up, then place folded light B triangle on the right-hand edge of the A blade. Align all raw edges together and pin.


Lay a second dark A blade right side down atop the pinned A blade and sandwich the B "glow" between them. The light B triangle will be wedged between the two A blades.


Beginning with a backstitch to lock your seam, sew through all three pieces using a ¼" seam allowance. Repeat two previous steps to make 6 matching pairs of dark A blades with a light B triangle inserted between them in each seam.



From the wrong side, use your fingers to press the seam allowances open.




Press the light B triangle down in the center of the seam.



Gently press the seam allowances open.


Repeat steps to make and press six blade sets.

Sew the blade sets together in the same manner as before,

inserting a light B triangle between each pair of A blades.



Continue in the same manner until all six pairs of A blades have been joined into a star.



Cut five squares, 11" x 11" (after appliquing, you will trim to 10½" x 10½")

and four sashing strips, 2" x 10½".

(All background squares and sashing strips can be cut from a variety of lights.)


Press an 11" light background square. Using a touch of fabric stick glue on each star point, center it on the background square, then applique the star into the background

using hand or machine applique.


Note: When placing your star on the background, you can rotate or position as you desire. Please notice in my step-by-step I have my points pointing towards the corners of the background, where in the finished block, I rotated my star so the points are towards the side of the block so you can

see how it looks and choose your favorite!


See page 54 in your book for machine applique detailed directions.

Use Template C to prepare and applique the circle on the star.

For our Block Sampler, repeat steps to make a total of 5 Star blocks.


Using 2" x 10½" sashings, arrange and sew your blocks into a row.

Row size will be 56½" unfinished.



Congratulations! You have now made your "Blooming Star" blocks for your Sampler Quilt.

Here's is your Blooming Star color inspiration!

Blue Escape fabrics just GLOW in this design!


Oh, my heart just skipped a beat for Strawberries and Cream!







Great job everyone!

Oh I just can't wait to see how your color combinations

will come together.


Happy Quilting!




Don't forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram!



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May 07, 2023

I had to pause making this but now I'm trying yo make these blocks but I can't tell if you are turning the top edge of the B triangle to the front or the back of the fabric. Can someone help me with this? Thanks Pattie C


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Mar 22, 2023

My sister and I have two sets of the blooming star templates cut out with the Accuquilt. It is the blue and cream color If anyone could use a set please email me at kimdale88@gmail.com

happy quilting!

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Mar 19, 2023

I can only get 11 petals in the round. My templates are correct. I believe my 1/4" is correct also. HELP!!! Thank you.

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May 03, 2023
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I was very careful, too, and my circles were also a little too full, even after sewing. I steam blocked them, pinning them on my wool cutting mat, and it worked out fine.

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Mar 19, 2023

This was a massive fail for me! 🙁 I will have to find a replacement for these blocks.

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Mar 14, 2023

Quilting Friends: Anyone have a tip for getting the blade to fit nicely in between the triangles? Sometimes I get it good but most times not so good. :(

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Apr 13, 2023
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When I need to line things up perfectly or pieces are being squirrelly, I get out my Elmer's Washable School glue. A few small dots and a hot iron create an instant connection that has no pin bulk, holds stable with handling, and is quite easy to separate if I don't get it right the first time. This glue is the most inexpensive "can't live without it" tool in my sewing room!

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