Star Kisses by Fi of Living Cloth – The Honey Pot Bee February block
Star Kisses looks just as stunning in a much lower volume colour way than my vibrant Kaffe version & the block also looks fab in solids as well.
Welcome to my blog, living cloth. I am so excited by this year long, no pressure project – just what we all need in the fast paced busy lives we all live! I was so thrilled to receive an email from Molli announcing the second 12 Queens & Kings for this project. I hope you all enjoy the block I have designed for us all to stitch.
I have named the block Star Kisses as I love the idea that we have all been ‘kissed by star stuff’ & it is made up of 4 sawtooth star blocks – one of my favourites. I found that with particular placement of fabrics a cross pattern, just like we write kisses, develops & my Star Kisses block was born!
This is a fairly easy block to stitch together & I have included photos of all the steps so the making up of the Star Kisses block will be a fun couple of hours in your favourite place – at your sewing machine!
The fabrics I have chosen for my block are a variety of Kaffe Fassett fabrics & a black cross weave by Moda. To help all my fellow honey bees to see how the block will work with your different fabric choices I have made up a block using low volume fabrics & also a 2 colour solid block.
I deliberately pieced my flying geese separately to highlight the riot of colour of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics & it also gives the block a wonderful scrappy look with no repeats – I have included images & sizes for using the 4 at once flying geese technique if you prefer this method for your block – all instructions for the 4 at once technique are at the end of the tutorial.
Star Kisses Block size – 12 inch
All seams are 1/4″ (use a 1/4″ foot if you have one to help with accuracy)
Cutting requirements for Star Kisses block
- image left is one star unit
- completed Star Kisses block is made up of 4 of these star units
centre squares – 4 x 3 1/2 inch squares
rectangle – 16 x 3 1/2 inch x 2 inch (geese for flying geese)
squares – 48 x 2 inch squares (for flying geese & corners)
Before beginning to stitch the flying geese for the star units, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner on the reverse side of 32 of the 2″ squares.
Ok so lets get started stitching this block!
Stitching the flying geese, 16 in total – refer to images above
step 1 Place one square over rectangle, right sides together & align 3 sides with rectangle, stitch along the drawn line
step 2 Cut off excess fabric leaving approx 1/4″ of fabric – press triangle open
step 3 Place second square on rectangle & stitch along drawn line – press triangle open
step 4 Trim flying geese to 3 1/2 inch x 2 inch if necessary
One flying geese completed
Repeat the above steps to complete 16 flying geese
please note – I stitched 4 flying geese to complete one star unit at a time so I could control the placement of my fabrics – I didn’t want any of the same patterns to sit side by side , but please stitch all the flying geese in one go if you prefer 🙂
Stitching your star unit together
Lay out all pieces of the star unit into 3 rows
step 1 stitch outside squares to flying geese on top & bottom rows – press seams towards outside squares
step 2 stitch side flying geese to centre square – press seams towards centre square
step 1 stitch top row to centre row – pin & align the seams as accurately as you can
step 2 repeat with bottom row to centre row – press seams open
One star unit is now complete – make 3 more
Stitching your 4 star units together
step 1 lay out your 4 star units
step 2 stitch top 2 star units together along centre seam, match all seams & pin really well – press seam open
step 3 repeat previous 2 steps for remaining bottom 2 star units
step 4 finally stitch the 2 halves together along horizontal centre seam, match all seams & pin really well – once again press seam open
4 at once flying geese instructions
a. 4 x 4 1/4″ square (1 needed for 4 flying geese units = 1 star unit)
b. 16 x 2 3/8″ square (4 needed for each flying geese unit = 1 star unit)
c. 4 x 3 1/2″ square – centre squares
d. 16 x 2″ square – corner squares
Before beginning to stitch the flying geese, draw a diagonal line corner to corner on wrong side of fabric on all 16 x 2 3/8″ squares
Assembling the flying geese
step 1 place 2 squares (b – with drawn line), right sides together on 4 1/4 inch square as shown (image 1) – stitch 1/4 inch of drawn line
step 2 cut along drawn line to form 2 units – press open (image 2)
step 3 place another square, right sides together (image 3) once again stitch 1/4 inch either side of drawn line & cut open along drawn line – press open
step 4 repeat step 3
You now have 4 x flying geese stitched = enough for one star unit
Repeat 3 more times for all star units
To complete the 4 x star units & to complete the star kisses block, refer to instructions at beginning of tutorial.
Yay, your Star Kisses block is now complete!
I hope you have enjoyed making up this block & that one or two or maybe even more will find a place in your honey pot bee quilt!
If you have any questions about the block please ask me in the Facebook Group, I am more than happy to help if I can.
Once again I raise my glass to Molli Sparkles for organising this fab quilt along! & I hope you can pop back here to my blog from time to time & don’t forget to say hi if you do 🙂
Queen for Feb