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Making Friendship Star Quilt Blocks
Friendship star quilt blocks offer a great way to practice half-square triangles and can be surprisingly beginner-friendly. Each block contains four half-square triangles and five squares of plain cut fabric. For stunning results, try making quilt blocks with a rich, black background and brightly colored solid or tone-on-tone stars. When the blocks are sewn together, a secondary pattern emerges among the colorful patches. This type of block is a classic version of a friendship star pattern. You might also try a triangle-framed friendship star pattern for a different look.
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- For a quilt, making 30 friendship star blocks of the 12-inch size requires 3 yards of black fabric and 1 3/4 yards of bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric.
- Making 30 six-inch blocks requires 1 1/8 yard of black and 3/4 yards of colored fabric.
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Cut the Fabric Pieces
Cut the following pieces for a single 12-inch or 6-inch friendship star quilt block, using black fabric and a bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric.
- Black fabric: Cut four 4 1/2-inch squares and two 4 7/8-inch squares
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut one 4 1/2-inch square and two 4 7/8-inch squares
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- Black fabric: Cut four 2 1/2-inch squares and two 2 7/8-inch squares
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut one 2 1/2-inch square and two 2 7/8-inch squares
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Create the Half-Square Triangle Units
Begin the quilt block assembly by making the half-square triangles. Remember to always sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
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- Pair a 4 7/8-inch black square with a bright square of the same size (use 2 7/8-inch squares for a 6-inch block). Use a quick pieced half square triangle method to sew the pairs together, creating two black/bright half-square triangle units.
- Repeat with the remaining pair of the same size of squares.
- Cut the sewn squares in half, corner to corner between the seams, to make a total of four identical triangle square units.
- Measure the completed triangle square units: For the 12-inch block, they should measure 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches; for the 6-inch block, they should measure 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
- Trim the edges of the units, as needed, so they are perfectly square and are identical in size.
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Assemble the Rows
Complete the block by sewing the solid and triangle squares together into three rows, then sewing the rows together.
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- Arrange the triangle squares, bright squares, and plain black squares into three rows: The top and bottom rows have two black squares on the outside and a triangle square in the middle; the center row has two triangle squares on the outside and a bright square in the middle.
- Sew the components of each row together, and press the seam allowances toward the plain squares.
- Sew the rows together, using the loft created by pressed seams to butt the seam intersections into each other for a snug fit. Use straight pins to keep the fabrics from shifting.
- Measure the completed block. The 12-inch block should measure 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches; the 6-inch block should measure 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches. If your block is smaller than it should be or it is skewed along one side, press it and measure again. If it still isn't quite right, use a squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.
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Yardage and Cuts for 30 Quilt Blocks
When turning your blocks into a quilt, be sure to allow extra fabric as needed for borders, backing, and binding. If you want to go scrappy, use an assortment of bright fabrics instead of one color. Cut the following pieces for 30 blocks of either of the two sizes.
- Black fabric: Cut 120 squares at 4 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 4 7/8 inches
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut 30 squares at 4 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 4 7/8 inches
- Black fabric: Cut 120 squares at 2 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 2 7/8 inches
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut 30 squares at 2 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 2 7/8 inches