Valerie Nesbitt demonstrates how to create this traditional patchwork 8 pointed star using pre-cut jelly rolls and nickle packs.
This traditional patchwork star is created with 2inch finished units – therefore creating an 8inch finished block. To do this Valerie has used pre-cuts of 2.5inch strips, which are of course exactly the size that jelly roll strips are cut.
The centre squares of the block are cut from the 5″ pre-cut squares – Valerie trimmed them back to 4.5inch.
Tip from Valerie, create the half square triangle units first, and then when you have sewn two together to form the middle row of the block – press and measure so that your centre square is completely accurate for your patchwork.
Should you wish the block to be bigger, just remember that you are going to make a 4×4 grid , therefore if each unit is increased to 3in finished you will end up with a 12 inch finished block ( and you can still use Thangles – you just need the 3inch pkt) and if you increase to 4 in finished you will end up with a 16inch finished block (and you can still use Thangles, but this time you will need the 4inch pkt)
Valerie is the founder and Creative Director of justhands-on.tv , as well as our very own ‘Queen of Scrap’. She founded Creative Quilting, a quilt quilt shop in Hampton Court, where she still teaches to this day.
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