Stockyard Star Nebraska Quilt Block

 

Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block

Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block

The Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block is a really pretty block which can be made with just squares and half square triangles.  I have made it here as a 16″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  four light

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen light, four dark

2.7/8″ squares:  eight light, six dark, fourteen white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a light or a dark square with a white square and mark a line along one diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Stockyard star Nebraska quilt block outer layout

Stockyard star Nebraska quilt block outer layout

I’ve shown the Stockyard Star Nebraska quilt block layout in sections to make it more easy to see how the whole thing goes together.  The block is symmetrical, so the layout is the same on each side.  There’s a 4.1/2″ light square in each corner.  Between these corner squares there is the same layout of eight squares on each side:  two dark/white half square triangles, four light/white half square triangles and two light squares arranged to form a larger triangle pointing in towards the middle.  Note that the dark/white half square triangles are placed so that the seam line follows the same diagonal line as the sides of the larger triangle.

I have mis placed the light/white half square triangle above the bottom right corner square.  It is glaringly obvious now, but I didn’t notice it until after I had begun to sew everything together, by which time it was too late to take any photos with the correct placement.

Complete layout

Complete layout

The middle section of the stockyard star quilt block is made using four dark squares, eight light squares and four dark/white half square triangles.  The dark squares are placed in the middle to form a larger square with two light squares on each edge of this central square and a dark/white half square triangle in each corner of the central area.

Begin sewing together across the rows

Begin sewing together across the rows

Begin sewing the 2.1/2″ squares together across each row.  As you can see, the top two and bottom two rows need to be sewn to each other first before they can be sewn to the corner squares.

As you can also see, I still hadn’t noticed that one misplaced half square triangle even at this stage!

Sew the top and bottom rows

Sew the top and bottom rows

Sew the top and bottom rows together with the corner squares and then sew all the rows to each other to complete the stockyard star Nebraska quilt block.

Here’s the video:

Quilt image without sashing

Quilt image without sashing

I tried putting several of these quilt blocks together in a quilt on their own but I didn’t like the overall look.  I felt that some of the beauty of the block was lost in a rather chunky look.

Quilt image with sashing

Quilt image with sashing

I added sashing – first in dark blue which I didn’t like much and then in white with dark blue cornerstones and I think that this is how I would use these blocks if I made the quilt.

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Rose

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  1. Dear Rose – this looks lovely, even with your deliberate mistake. Is it just to keep us on our toes? Hope you enjoyed yourself last weekend.
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny – yes, I was just checking to see whether you were any more awake than I was! Yes, lovely weekend thanks – some gorgeous quilts at the show and loads of fabric stalls as well.

  2. Love the colours Rose,going to make this block as a center piece for my table,I think it is beautiful.So pleased you enjoyed your weekend at the show.

    • Hi Carole. Great idea – it would make a stunning table centrepiece. Yes, the weekend was great – lovely quilts and lunch with most of the family.

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