Nine Patch Sampler – week five – Friendship Star

If you are sewing along, you should have six blocks completed, so we are in to the second half.  This week is the Friendship Star block.  There are a few variations to this block, but we are going with the basic option.

For this block you need eight (or four) 4 1/2″ light squares, two (or one) 4 1/2″ dark squares, and eight (or four) squares made up of light and dark triangles.  (If you can’t remember how to do these, go back to last week’s lesson.)

Do these requirements sound familiar?  They should – they are the same as the pieces we used last week, but they have a different layout that totally changes the look.

Using the picture as a guide, layout the pieces and join them the same way as all the other blocks.  Notice that the dark side of the triangle goes to the dark centre and the the diagonal sides of the triangles are parallel to each other.

This block is not difficult to do, but keep referring to the picture.  This is one of those layouts that is easy to flip around when sewing.  Double check before you sew, because it’s discouraging to think you’re done the block and go for a final press and realize that a piece is backwards or upside down. (Not that I’ve ever done that, but I’ve heard about it.. ;))

Repeat with the remaining pieces to make two blocks.

Don’t forget to check back on Thursday for the bonus lesson!