Can I keep up with a Block of the Day post? We shall see. Over the weekend I managed to make 6 different blocks so I’ve got enough to get through this week. That’s a good place to start so let’s see what happens.
A Little Background Info
I’ve only been piece quilting since November 2019 but I’m addicted to it. However, my blocks rarely look like all of those lovely quilt blocks I see online. Tired of looking at my pointless points and mismatched seams I decided that yes, practice does make perfect, and I haven’t been practicing enough.
So, I’m going to change all that and practice making just one block at a time instead of trying to make a whole quilt. Lord knows I have enough scraps to work with and this way I’ll get to make all of those beautiful blocks I’ve got bookmarked.
Today’s Block of the Day
I’ve been following the Moda Blockheads 3 Block Along and some of those blocks look very complicated. Especially for beginners like me. Block #3 is one of my favorites so I decided to give it a go.
This block is called “Sunshine Star” and it’s designed by Sherri McConnel for Moda Fabrics.
The Trick I Used To Make This Block
I didn’t quite follow all of the directions in Sherri’s pattern. Look closely and you’ll see that this block is really just a 4-square block consisting of 3 half square triangles and a background square. Repeat that same block 4 times and sew them together and you have Sherri’s Sunshine Star Block.
When it comes to half square triangles I’m not a big fan of cutting all the triangles separately and then joining them together. Instead, I used the trick I learned at one of my JOANN quilting classes:
- Cut one square from background fabric and a matching square from your print.
- Put them right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on one side.
- Sew a 1/4-inch seam on both sides of the line then cut on the line to make 2 half square triangles.
And yes, I did have 4 extra half square triangles when I was finished but I’m sure I’ll use the somewhere 🙂
Here’s a couple links you might be interested in:
Sherri McConnel’s blog where you’ll find the free pattern for her Sunshine Star Block