Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pinwheel Block of the Month–Week 1–Friendship Star

**Update – A few notes on yardage.  For this quilt, I bought a fat quarter bundle (which consisted of 40 fat quarters) to get a large variety of fabrics.  I used about half of the fabric.  I don’t have an exact amount for this project, but I would recommend buying about 3 yards of various prints and 2 yards of solid.  The finished quilt measures 60 inches square.**

For the first month of the Block of the Month quilt, we are going to start with the easiest block  – the Friendship Star. 

Block of the Month

Fabric Requirements

Friendship Star 1

*Note – When making half square triangles, I like to cut my squares 1/8 inch larger. Then, I trim down after sewing.  It is easier to measure and  I can make sure my half square triangle is the exact size.  Example – For this block the square measurement would be 4 7/8 inch, but I round up to 5 inches.

Fabric 1 – center square  (1)  4 1/2 inch square

Fabric 2 – star  (2) 5 inch squares

Fabric 3 – background (2)  5 inch squares and (4) 4 1/2 inch squares

Step 1

Draw a line diagonally across fabric 2 squares.

Step 2

Stack your background fabric and fabric 2 squares RST (right sides together).  Sew 1/4 inch down the right side of the drawn line.  Turn and sew along the other side of the line.  Repeat for second square.

Step 3

Cut squares diagonally along drawn line.

Step 4

Press open and trim HST (half square triangle) to 4 1/2 inches.

Step 5

Arrange squares and sew together block by block, pressing away from the HST.  Then sew row by row.  Press.  Make a second block from different fabrics. 

Hope you enjoyed this block!  The second block will be posted the first week of March.



  1. Love this quilt. We are in the process of moving again and I will have to wait a little while before I try it. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks! I'm happy with how it turned out. Where are you moving to this time?

    2. We are going back to the US. We will be in the DC area! If you are in the neighbor, you are welcome to stay.

    3. Thanks! I'm glad you'll be coming back. Good luck with everything!

  2. Great block Stormy, I love your fabrics.

    1. Thank you! This quilt was so fun to make!