This month’s block is a large star with four points. The position of the blocks will only be revealed at the end of the year…
To make the March block, you need to use the same templates (A and B) that you used in February and follow the instructions in the February post for making the ‘arrow-head’ squares .
a fat quarter (21 x 18″) of yellow fabric – a white polka-dot on yellow is used here
a fat quarter (21 x 18″) of white fabric – a white solid is used here, but a low-volume print would work too
a fat quarter (21 x 18″) of navy fabric – a white star tossed print on navy is used here
Cut one square 7¼ x 7¼” from yellow fabric
Cut two pieces of yellow fabric using template A (from February’s post)
Cut one square 7¼ x 7¼” from white fabric
Cut two pieces of white fabric using template A (from February’s post)
Cut four pieces of navy fabric using template B as a ‘left-hand triangle’
Turn the template over and cut four pieces of navy fabric using template B as a ‘right-hand triangle’
Cut four squares 6½ x 6½” of navy fabric
Making the block
1 Follow the instructions in the February post to make two yellow and two white ‘arrow-head’ blocks.
2 Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of each of the two white 7¼ x 7¼” squares. Place each white square, right sides together with a yellow 7¼ x 7¼” square and pin in place.
3 Stitch ¼” away from the marked line, on each side of the line. Cut down the line with scissors.
4 Press the seam, then open the triangles and press the seams allowances towards the yellow fabric.
5 Draw a diagonal line from the yellow corner to the white corner on the reverse side of one of the squares. Lay the two squares right sides together, with the yellow triangle lying on top of a white triangle and a white triangle on top of a yellow one. Place a pin in the centre to align the seams, then add pins to secure the layers.
6 Repeat step 3. This method yields two squares – you only need one for this block.
7 Join a yellow ‘arrow-head’ block to each side of the square you have just made. This is row 2
8 Join a navy 6½ x 6½” square to the left and also to the right of a white ‘arrow-head’ block pointing upwards. This is row 1.
9 Join a navy 6½ x 6½” square to the left and also to the right of a white ‘arrow-head’ block pointing downwards. This is row 3.
10 Join row 1 to row 2 and then add row 3, making sure the vertical seams align. Press well.
The next instalment of the ‘Watch the Stars’ mystery quilt will be on the blog on the first Monday in April.