Spinning Stars all around!
There are so many star blocks
to choose from but I have selected
spinning stars because of the
unusual construction. Many stars
are based on an eight pointed diamond
in the centre but this star has an octagon.
It is surrounded by triangles which appear
to be spinning. This whole section is then
inserted as the centre of another star.
Figure 1: Spinning Star
To construct the block see Figure 1.
Starting with the centre octagon add one
triangle making sure to leave part of the
seam unsewn. Working anti clockwise
keep adding triangles until you get back
to the first triangle. You will now be able
to complete the partial seam. Now add
the smaller triangles to the four corners.
The points are constructed by adding the
smaller triangle to the four sided shape
and then sewing this unit to the large
triangle. Note that
this is a rectangle
not a square when it is finished. The block
can then be assembled as shown.
Figure 2: Spinning Star Layout
When the blocks are assembled edge
to edge a double pattern of small squares
on point and larger squares appears where
the blocks join, see Figure 2. These can be used
to add interest in the quilting perhaps
small stars. Alternatively you could decide
to use different fabrics in the corners and
thus create a checkerboard effect.
We have provided templates
for a 12in
block. For alternative unusual star blocks
see Figure 3. Stars and chains and Star of
Bethlehem both start with an eight pointed
star in the centre but the addition of either
squares or triangles creates a different
frame, the pink diamonds followed by
the dark blue triangles in Stars and chains
create a floating effect of two squares
overlapping, this could be emphasised by
changing four of the triangles to a slightly
lighter shade. The Star of Bethlehem block
without the four corner triangles is an
octagon. This could be used as the centre
of a much enlarged spinning star block,
creating a quilt top from one block. In
the Liberty star block, the eight
pointed star itself is created
from strips. These could
be strip pieced
first and then the diamonds cut from the resulting
material. All of these blocks need careful
attention to seams as many are inset and
have bias edges which are much more
likely to stretch and distort.