Block of the Month

May 1997 - 6" Block

 Friendship Star


The Friendship Star block requires two different fabrics with good contrast.

 One focus fabric

 One background fabric

Cutting the fabric

This block requires:
 one 2 1/2" square of the focus fabric
 four 2 1/2" squares of the background fabric
 one 2 7/8" x 5 3/4" rectangle of the focus fabric
 one 2 7/8" x 5 3/4" rectangle of the background fabric

 Piecing the block

 1) Place the two 2 7/8" x 5 3/4" rectangles with right sides together, lightest of the two fabrics on top. Lightly draw a straight line 2 7/8" from the short edge dividing the rectangle in half and forming two squares. Then draw two diagonal lines through the center of the two squares as shown.
 2) Still holding the two rectangles together, sew a 1/4" away from the diagonal line on both sides.

3) Cut the rectangles apart on the drawn lines creating four half square triangle components. Press the seams to the lighter fabric. The finished units should measure 2 1/2".
 4) Piece two of the half square triangle components with the 2 1/2" focus fabric square as shown to create the center row unit of the block. Press the seams in toward the center square.
 5) Create the upper and lower block rows by piecing together one of the half square triangle blocks with two of 2 1/2" background squares as shown. Press the seams out toward the background squares.
 6) Piece the three block rows together as shown to create the finished block. Pres the seams toward the outside edge of the block. The finished block should measure 6 1/2" inches square which includes a 1/4" seam allowance on all sides.
© Susan E Traudt 1997

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