Let’s Get Liberated in May with 5-pointed Stars
- One of Maree’s stars
The block for May is a liberated, stack and slash, 5-pointed star.
Susan Druding’s directions for the technique are here:
This is one of the blocks that Maree made.
Like many liberated techniques, there is a learning curve–but trying new things and learning is why we’re here, right? If you have not made these before, please allow yourself to fail … because, honestly, isn’t that how we learn?
Unlike Susan’s stars, ours will be 2-color blocks–one fabric for the star and one for the background. Using the stack-and-slash technique, each fabric you use will become the star in one block and the background in another. Fabrics should be:
- Black & White prints and/or
- Bright solids, tone-on-tones and multicolor prints
If you make multiple blocks, you may repeat fabrics as long as no more than TWO blocks use the same two fabrics.
Also, you may decide if the two fabrics in your blocks will be:
- One Black & White fabric + one Bright fabric, OR
- Two bright fabrics with good contrast between them
BLOCK GUIDELINES AND CONSTRUCTION NOTES
Our star blocks will be 9 1/2 inches square (to finish at 9 inches when sewn into a quilt). I suggested to the sneak peekers that they begin with 13 inch squares and received feedback that this was BOTH too large and too small. This is definitely a case of your mileage may differ, depending upon the angles you choose when you slash your star.
Pay particular attention so that your finished star block will have all five of its points when squared up, with enough allowance so no points will be visually chopped off or hidden (AKA “shy) when your block is sewn into a quilt top. Our stars may have very different proportions, so it is important that they share the characteristic of having FIVE POINTS.
I STRONGLY suggest that everyone begin by making a sample block using two fabrics and use the experience to adjust, if necessary, the size of the squares you will use to make the blocks and the slashes you make to define your star.
Remember that even in a liberated block, we need 1/4 inch seam allowances so that our winners will be able to make quilts with enough structural integrity to last.
If you like this block/technique, once you become confident you could start with a stack of 6-8 fabrics, but for your lotto blocks, I suggest you stack-and-slash only stacks of 2 or 3 fabrics at a time. If, for example, you used a B&W, a bright LIME and a bright PURPLE, you would end up with 3 blocks:
- B&W background, lime star
- Lime background, purple star
- purple backgroun, B&W star
The MAXIMUM number of blocks to make and enter for the drawing is the usual NINE. (This probably means you will start with a stack of three fabrics, at least once.)
The TAG to use for your posts this month: 5 Point Star
As usual, use the CATEGORIES:
blocks – for posts with block photos
sent and received – for posts about mailing and receiving blocks
inspiration – for posts about 5-point star quilts (or other 5-pointed inspiration)
Please share your own experience/tips for making this block, as a comment here or when you post the photos of your blocks. Before you begin, be sure to read through the comments on this post–Linda and Maree have already shared a lot of great info.
THE VIRTUAL QUILT
Here’s a (relatively) little virtual quilt constructed from photos of blocks made by sneak peekers, Caroline, Kate, Kathie, Linda, Maree and Wendy. Thanks for the great photos.
You can get a closer look at the individual block photos on flickr, here. If you haven’t yet chosen fabrics, you can learn alot by looking at how different kinds/sizes of prints work in this block by looking at the fabrics in these blocks.