The next raffle quilt for church will use this 8 pointed star variation.
I call Catchfly. I've modified it a bit so the star points float. This will allow us to trim all the blocks to the same size before joining them together. We won't lose our points and there is an added bonus of less bulk in the seam allowance. We all like that. Make yours either 9" or 12".
Block finishes 9" x 9"
From the light star fabric, cut:
1 center square
4 rectangles, 2 1/2" x 4 1/4".
Place pairs of rectangles Wrong Sides Together,
and cut once diagonally to make 8 triangles.
From the medium or dark background fabric, cut:
4 equilateral triangles 4" tall (see below)
and 4 corner squares 3 1/2"
You can use any 60 degree triangle ruler or your usual ruler with a 60 degree line on it. Place the 60 degree line of your ruler on the long edge of your fabric strip and make the first cut.
Rotate the ruler and place the 60 degree line of your ruler on the angled cut. You will see an equilateral triangle under the ruler. Cut your first triangle. Rotate your ruler between these two positions to cut the 4 triangles.
Sew the star point triangles to the background triangles, matching the angles at the top center of the unit. It doesn't matter which side you sew on first, which piece is on top or which end you start sewing from. You will need to press the first one back before you add the second triangle.
Square up these units next. Center the unit in the square by placing the 1 3/4" line on your ruler at the points where the two seams meet. Trim away the excess. Be sure not to trim off the seam allowance at the top.
Rotate the unit and measure a 3 1/2" square. Trim away the excess.
The units are ready to go in the blocks. Join with the squares in rows, pressing seams toward the squares. Sew the rows together and press.
For a 12" finished block, cut
background equilateral triangles 5" tall and corner squares 4 1/2"
star center 4 1/2" and star points from 3" x 5 1/4" rectangles cut once diagonally WST.
Trim the units to 4 1/2" square.
Here you can see how the points of the star meet at the edge of the block when using the Tri/Recs tools. The floating points in the star made with this method will finish 1/2" from the raw edge of the block.
I call the units in this block Sixtysomething units, since there are three 60 degree angles that come together at the top of the unit. Check out my Thirtysomething Block Book to see more quilt designs using 30 and 60 degree angles in square patchwork blocks.
It's cold outside. Time to join some linky blog parties and quilt. Let's check out Judy's first.