There are several variations of the Friendship Star Quilt pattern, but the center star of each block remains a constant. The design of each block is fairly simple. Popular among Amish quilters in Pennsylvania, the pattern is believed to have originated in the late 1800s.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton fabrics
- Sewing and quilting thread
- Sewing and quilting needles
- Straight pins
- Ruler and straight edge
- Templates (6 1/2 inch square and 3 1/2 inch square)
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Disappearing marker
- White marking pencil
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
Choose three fabrics for the block. Determine the arrangement of the fabrics and label them A, B and C. Launder and press the fabrics.
Cut out the pieces for one block. Cut one 6 1/2 inch square of Fabric A; two 6 1/2 inch squares each of B and C; and eight 3 1/2 inch blocks each of A and B.
Draw a diagonal line corner to corner across both of the 6 1/2 inch squares in Fabric B. Lay the squares atop the same-size square of C. Pin together, lining up the edges.
Stitch 1/4 inch from either side of the diagonal line. Cut along the line and open the two newly formed two-color squares.
Work with the 3 1/2 inch squares in A and B and make four patchwork blocks. Use two squares of each fabric in each block. Arrange the two fabrics opposite one another with the top row A-B and the bottom row B-A.
Piecing the Block
Position the larger solid colored square on the work surface. Place one of the two-color squares (created in Step 4, Section I) to either side of the solid colored square. Position the two-color squares with C aligned with the center square.
Pin the three squares together and stitch to create the central strip for the block. Position the strip on the work surface as Row 2.
Assemble Row 1. Line up a four-patch square, a two-color square and another four-patch square. Position the two-color square so that Fabric C is lined up along the edge of the central square in Row 2.
Position the two four-patch squares with color A located at both the top right and left positions. (See Resources)
Sew the three components of Row 1 together and lay it on the work surface so that it is aligned with Row 2 as described in Step 3 above. Assemble Row 3 in the same manner as Row 1.
Position Row 3 so that C of the center square is aligned with A in the middle of Row 2. Pin in place, carefully lining up the seams. Do the same with Row 1. Stitch the seams to create the block of three rows.
Layer the block with backing fabric and batting and quilt through all three layers. Add binding to the edges. Frame the block or use it as a pillow top.
Tips & Warnings
- The way in which the pieces are turned and aligned, the finished product is highly detailed.
- Press the work as it continues. Block the seams. Use a 1/4 inch seam throughout.
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