Block 2 ‘Guiding Star’ is made up of four 'Friendship Stars'. This block uses 1½" half-square-triangles (HSTs) making it an ideal block for experienced patchers. However, don’t be put off if you are new to patchwork – I have a helpful tip for making those small HSTs. (Experienced patchers may wish to scroll down to the end of this post for pressing tips for this week's block.)
|A Friendship Star Block made using four HSTs|
A half-square-triangle (HST) is a square made up of two triangle halves. They are great for creating all sorts of patchwork block patterns so making them to size is a good skill to master.
|Nine HSTs come together for this pretty block.|
There are many ways to make them but the simplest is to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square of fabric. Lay the marked square, right sides together onto a contrasting fabric square and stitch along the marked line. Finally trim ¼” away from the stitched line and press open to create a HST.
I use a Frixion pen to draw lines onto fabric.
It disappears when ironed.
|I use a Fiskars small rotating cutting mat for my sampler blocks.|
|Trim one side of the HST using a line on the cutting mat.|
|The black arrow indicates the 1½" line on the ruler.|
|You no longer need to keep the seam aligned with the 45° mark.|
6. Line up a horizontal line from your ruler the bottom straight edge of the HST as indicated by the black arrow. The cutting edge of the ruler should be positioned at the point where the seam meets the cutting board as indicated by the red arrow. Trim as shown.
|The black arrow shows the bottom edge aligned with the ruler.|
The red arrow shows the point where the HST seam meets the cutting board.
|The red arrow shows the side edge aligned with the 1½" line on the ruler.|
The black arrow shows the point where the HST seam meets the cutting board.
|A perfect 1½" HST.|
|Pretty in pastels.|