I was so cross with myself when I made the delightful yankee star chain quilt block. I wasn’t concentrating and I ended up wasting fabric because I sewed pieces together incorrectly and then trimmed them before checking that they were correct. Some quilt block patterns take more concentration than others! I have made it here as an 18″ block using red and yellow with white for the background.
2.1/2″ squares: twelve yellow, eight white, sixteen red
6.7/8″ squares: four white, four red
6.1/2″ squares: one white
Making the yankee star chain quilt block
Fold all the 6.7/8″ squares in half and finger press to make a fold line. Cut the red squares along that fold line. Mark half the red triangles along one diagonal and the other half along the other diagonal. Do this on the wrong side of the fabric.
Lay a white 6.7/8″ square with right side up. Place one of the red rectangles on it with right side down. This is the part where I wasted fabric, so do check the photo carefully to make sure that you use the correct rectangle and align the correct corners. This is the red rectangle on the left in the photo above and the diagonal marked line should run from the middle of the white square top (marked with a fold) to the bottom left corner. Pin to the right of the line – I find that this helps me to remember that I will be trimming to the left of the line. Yep – this is where I wasted several squares of fabric!
Sew along the marked line of the diagonal and trim the excess fabric 1/4″ to the left of the seam line. Flip the remaining red triangle over so that it completes the square on that left hand side and press.
Place the second red rectangle (with the diagonal marked in the other direction) on the right hand side of the white square. Sew along the diagonal line and trim the excess fabric to the right of the seam line. Flip the red triangle and press. If necessary trim the block to make a 6.1/2″ square.
Make four of these blocks.
The remaining part of the yankee star chain quilt block is a breeze after the above: a simple nine patch block. Lay the 2.1/2″ squares out as shown – a red square in the middle of each edge, yellow squares along the diagonal and two white squares in the remaining corners.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make four of these nine patch blocks.
The whole yankee star chain quilt block can now be sewn together as a simple nine patch block. Place a nine patch block in each corner, a white 6.1/2″ white square in the middle and a red/white triangle on each edge of the central square. Note that the white triangle is pointing towards the centre. Place the nine patch blocks so that the yellow squares all form lines along the diagonals.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the yankee star chain quilt block.
Linking up with a lovely post from Laura at Cat’s Crossing:
And also with Marelize at Stitch by Stitch: