I have been powering along through my two bees, the Aussie Modern Instabee and the Quilty Sisters Instabee…. and as it turns out I have three of the Triple Star blocks to make in a row.
When I made it previously, I worked out improved cutting sizes to reduce the massive amount of wastage when you are trimming up your half square triangles.
Background cutting requires 4 each of 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 4 1/2″ and 5″ squares, which means 24 squares in total, at 6 different sizes.
Each star round requires 4 squares each of 2″, 3″ and 5″. As well as the centre square, which lends itself beautifully to fussy cutting, at 2 1/2″ square.
To work this out, you simply use the “HST Principle”…. add 1″ to your FINISHED required size, and cut 2 squares accordingly. Joining them together in the usual manner of 2 seams 1/4″ each side of the centre line, then trim up to the UNFINISHED SIZE which is 1/2” larger than your finished requirement.
Here are all the star points matched up and ready for stitching
The baby sized star points in the first round trim up to 1 1/2 inches… as you can see here, there is much less wastage than the original size in the pattern.
Once you have trimmed all 24 half square triangle blocks up, it’s very easy to see how the different sizes we originally cut now fit neatly together.
For the next step, I have found success in carefully pressing the seams in order for each star to nest together.
This can be a seriously bulky seamed block, so press open wherever possible, otherwise the intersections will become unstitchable.
You will notice from the inner star block above, my final step before joining on the next round of points is to carefully trim the block up to 4 1/2″. This gives you nice straight edges to work from, otherwise any slight un-evenness could be compounded each round!
Here showing the further rounds of this block, you can see the seams and how the points created so much bulk, even with pressing them open where possible. I posted this beautiful scrappy block off to Katherine, for the Aussie Modern Instabee last week.
This beautiful Raspberry block belongs to Julie, part of the Quilty Sisters Instabee and was given to her this past weekend, during her visit (which is another blogpost entirely) while she was attending the AMQF (Australian Machine Quilting Festival), which is definitely another blogpost!
I hope these hints have helped you with this tricky block. You will see that not all my points or edges are 100% perfect, and I’m ok with that. I’d also like to note that I do not own the rights to this pattern, designed by Elena Roscoe, and I have only published this information in an effort to help with reducing the wastage in cutting and helping out my fellow bee members.
If you have any questions or need some closer pictures, please shout it out in the comments. I’d be more than happy to help solve any problems you are having with this block.
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