Tuesday, July 27, 2010

make your own {chubby} stars: a tutorial

Pin It Chubby stars for 3x6 bee Beehive 12, Q3

I love this block wherever I see it.

Here it is.  (in Material Obsession).

I have this book (it's a great book), but the directions call for bigger blocks.
For my Three by Six Sampler Mini Bee, I needed the blocks to finish at 12" (12.5" unfinished)

So I did some math... 


...and now I'm sharing it with you. :)

Can we really ever have enough {chubby} stars?

This block is awesome for showcasing focal prints, with the large uncut center.
If you do make it, please add it to my brand new, (and very empty), flickr group. :)


Chubby Star

For each 12 1/2" block, you need:

  • 8 1/2" square -- center focal fabric
  • Four 2 7/8" squares contrast -- star points
  • Eight (scant) 2 1/4" squares contrast -- star points on framing pieces
  • Eight 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles -- framing pieces (I used white)
  • Four 2 1/2" squares -- cornerstones 
    • Note: Were I to do these again, I would probably use 2 7/8" squares and convert them to HSTs (half-square triangles)
* All seam allowances are 1/4"
* Fabrics are right-sides together
* Press seams in between each step

focal snowball

sew framing pieces

Note: you need to do four on the bottom left corner of the framing piece, and four on the bottom right corner of the framing piece.

SEW from corner to corner of square.

trim framing pieces

join framing pieces

framing pieces

Add corner stones to two of your framing strips.


focal with points

Sew on remaining framing strips with corner stones, and voila!

finished block

Very cute.

Again, if you do make it, please add it to my brand new, (and very empty), flickr group!  And link me to your blog too!


Cherie said...

This is on my list of contenders for Putting the Bee in Christmas!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Very cute Tracey! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us!

Katie B. said...

Very cute! You make it look so easy.

KarrieLyne said...

Awesome tutorial Tracey!! Love those chubby stars too :)

Sarah Craig said...

Those are fabulous blocks, and a great tutorial! I can't wait until I have time to try these out!!

Kendra said...

Love these blocks...definitely one that I want to try.

Sue said...

I made one of these along with my quilt-along blocks tonight. I love it! I will post a picture in your Flickr group. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

Erin said...

Great tutorial! I need clear instructions and pictures or it doesn't compute in my head. ;] I'll link you up in the next Tutorials update at QBB!

Cat B said...

I've just got this book out from the library and am LOVING it!
I'm using the Cowboy Quilt as semi inspiration for the Cowboy Quilt I'm making Master almost 5 for his 5th birthday!
Love your chubby stars - maybe I should try but it does look very hard LOL

Tara C said...

i love this block. i have a 6 inch focal fabric block how do i figure out how to adapt the pattern. any advice would be appreicated.
thank you


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