Virtual Quilting Bee 2 – Origami Star

Virtual Quilting Bee

It’s not been a good week, thanks to the worst cold I’ve had in a long time, but I think I might finally be getting some colour back in my cheeks, phew! So, now it’s time to play catch up with the catch up! Here’s my latest block in Amy Smart’s Virtual Quilting Bee: The Origami Star by Amy Newbold of Sukie Don’t Ya Know (follow the link for Amy’s instructions to make this block).

Origami star patchwork block with Liberty fabrics. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

8″ Origami Star Block

When I first saw this block I wasn’t sure if I liked it that much, it looked a bit ‘blocky’ and, ahem, ‘Swastika-ish’ to me!  I decided to give it a go anyway, it’s all practice, right?

After making my first block in the series I decided to stick with a green and pink colour way, all on a white/off white background. So first things first: have a dig through your green scrap box:

Green fabric scraps for patchwork and quilting. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Check out the mixed greens

Fabric selection for patchwork and quilting. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

and make your selection!

I decided the main focal fabric would be another Liberty scrap I had, which I thought would tie in with the first block. Trying to keep the feeling fresh and spring-like I chose a small green check and another floral with more of a ‘splodgy’ pattern. This was once a blouse that a friend gave me to cut up. I love it, but the only trouble is is that it’s a very thin lawn, so quite transparent and possibly not that hard-wearing.


If you’re going to use a thinner fabric like this just add a plain cotton fabric to back those particular patches, that way the seams won’t show through too much and  it’ll add a little strength.

Now to get on with cutting and stitching. You’d think that’d be easy! But no, this block took me almost 2 hours to make. Yes, 2 HOURS!!!  (Blame the cold!)

Making blocks for the Origami Star patchwork and quilting block. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Making up the blocks

It’s quite easy to cut and construct, just four blocks of three rectangles to begin with, the centre rectangle being slightly wider than the two outers. If you’re not using small scraps like I did, you could easily strip piece these, making it a very quick job indeed (I just chain pieced as Amy suggests). The next part is also straight forward: just add triangles to 3 of the corners on each block (you actually add squares, machined diagonally from corner to corner and trim off the back). However…


Here’s where you need to be careful (as Amy warns in her instructions, and I didn’t heed – the cold remember!). You need to make sure you get the triangles on the correct corners! I recommend laying out the four strip-blocks to ensure that you create the central star and then mark each corner that needs a triangle (just a smidge of tailor’s chalk will do). Then continue to follow Amy’s instructions. If you don’t get the triangles on the correct corners (ie the same corners on all four blocks), you’ll find that when you come to rotate the blocks you won’t be able to construct the central star.

Once you’ve got that sorted you’ll be well away and whipping up these blocks in no time at all. I promise! Once I did I was very pleased with the results (with no more worries about that symbol!):

Patchwork and quilting star blocks. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Looking good together

One last thing…


If you prefer a frustration free afternoon, don’t sew when you have a head cold and your brain is floating along 100m behind the rest of your body! Or you’ll be unpicking. Quite a bit.

It’s been frustrating this week in more ways than one, I had so much that I wanted to share with you and haven’t been able to write up, so hopefully the coming week will give me the opportunity to do yet more catching up!  As for today,  it’s so beautiful and sunny I think I feel some blog photography coming on! And I definitely need a dose of sunshine after spending most of the week under a duvet!

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend and look forward to catching up with what you’ve been up to soon 🙂

Happy Sunday!

PS if you’re playing Bee Catchup with Paula The Sassy Quilter and me leave a link below and we can all hang out together! Paula’s also created a catchup Flickr group, so come play!

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4 replies
  1. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    Loving your blocks Stephie! They definitely look good together, I don’t know about you but I think this is gonna be a cute quilt:) We may be biased though!
    Thanks for adding to the Flickr group, too!


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