The twin star quilt block was adapted to make the third block in the EQ7 sewalong. Basically the twin star has a square in the middle and by altering a few lines in the design it was made into a diamond, which makes for an interesting block. I suppose I could call it the twin star on point block, although I feel sure it has a better name.
You can see other versions of the block in the sewalong on the Do You EQ7 blog.
If you wanted to showcase a particular fabric with the square in the middle, the best method to make this quilt block would be by using foundation piecing. However, I haven’t done a tutorial on that yet, so I have made it here using normal piecing. The central square using my method is actually a square with four triangles around it. With a small pattern fabric like this, I think that it looks like one complete square anyway.
Cutting requirements for the twin star quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: two each in the blue star and white fabrics
3.1/2″ squares: one black
4.1/4″ squares: two turquoise, one black, one white
How to make the twin star quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the usual way – place a blue star and a white square with right sides together, mark the diagonal, sew a seam either side of the line and cut along the line. This will give you the squares for the corners of the blocks.
Now do the same with the 4.1/4″ squares – place one turquoise square with a black square and the other turquoise square with a white square and make half square triangles with them.
In order to make these into quarter square triangles, you now need to repeat the process. Place a turquoise/black square with a turquoise/white square, making sure that the turquoise triangles are not placed facing each other. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the line just as you did above. When you cut along the line you will have two quarter square triangles, each one having two blue quarters opposite each other and one black and one white triangle opposite each other. These should now be 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork out in three rows of three. The black square is in the middle with a quarter square triangle unit placed on each edge of the square. Make sure that the black triangle is placed against the black square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the twin star on point quilt block. Having that diamond in the middle, rather than a square, does definitely give the block something extra. Thanks for the idea, EQ7.
We’ve had a wonderful sunny weekend here in Ludlow. I have managed to tidy up quite a bit of the garden – when I needed a break from that I came in and played some more with Minnie my longarm. I’m still having problems with the top thread breaking too often. I’ve tried just about every tension setting without solving the problem, so now I’m going through the other options of different needle, different thread and so on. I looked on google to see if I could find the solution and it seems to be quite a common problem, so I’ll just have to keep trying until I get it sorted.
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