Hooray! This week is World Craft Week and to celebrate, we’re challenging you to take the Quilt Block Challenge! It’s fun to join in – simply sew a quilt block you’ve never tried before and share a pic of your finished block. If you’re feeling brave, show us yourself in the photo too for a patchwork selfie.
If you’re wondering which block to sew, our Technical Editor Laura has created this special World Star Block for you to try. Read on for Laura’s free tutorial. Remember to share a photo of your finished block online with the hashtags #worldcraftweek and #quiltblockchallenge and you could win a beautiful bundle of Lecien fabric!
How to sew a World Star Quilt Block
You will need…
- Background fabric – 10in x 15in
- Fabric 1 – 10in square
- Fabric 2 – 10in square
121⁄2in square (unfinished)
Step one: From the background fabric cut as follows:
- Five (5) 41⁄2in squares
- One (1) 51⁄4in square
Step two: From fabric 1 cut as follows:
- Four (4) 21⁄2in squares
- Four (4) 27⁄8in squares
Step three: From fabric 2 cut four (4) 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in rectangles.
Making the Flying Geese
Step four: First make Flying Geese, four at a time using one (1) 51⁄4in background square and four (4) 27⁄8in fabric 1 squares. To do this, start by drawing a diagonal line (corner-to-corner) on the back of each small fabric 1 square.
Step five: Place two squares on opposite corners of the large background fabric square, right sides together and pin in place. The diagonal lines should match up and the small squares will overlap.
Step six: Stitch a 1⁄4in seam on either side of the marked lines. Press and cut apart along the marked line. Press units open.
Step seven: Place a third fabric 1 square, right-sides-together with one of the pieced units. The marked line should go in the opposite direction to the seam. Stitch 1⁄4in on either side of the marked line, cut apart and press as before.
Step eight: Repeat step seven with the remaining small fabric 1 square and remaining pieced unit. Check each Flying Geese unit measures 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in and trim the ‘dog-ears’.
TOP TIP: For more about making Flying Geese using different methods see Lin Clements’ Essential Guide in issue 22.
Assembling the block
Step nine: Stitch a 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in fabric 2 rectangle to each Flying Geese unit. Press. Stitch these units to opposite sides of the 41⁄2in background square. Press.
Step 10: Draw a line on the back of a 21⁄2in fabric 1 square and place right sides together in one corner of a 41⁄2in background square. Sew along the marked line. Trim excess fabric to 1⁄4in seam allowance. Press corner open.
Step 11: Stitch a unit from step 10 to either side of the remaining Flying Geese units with the fabric 1 corner facing inwards. Press.
Step 12: Add these rows to the top and bottom of the centre unit to complete the block.
Now your block is finished! Share a photo on your Facebook or Instagram feed and tag #worldcraftweek and #quiltblockchallenge. Here’s our finished block…
And here’s what you could win if we pick your photo as the winning Quilt Block Challenge picture… 14 fat quarters of Lecien Antique Rose fabric… Good luck everyone! Post your pics before midnight this Saturday 8th April and we’ll pick our favourite and reveal the winner on our Facebook page next Monday.