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Electric Quilt 7

I Love My AccuQuilt

Star Burst BlockThis week I'm working on a large center block for my sampler quilt. This block works well as a 12" or 18" block, so I have provided the Accuquilt Go! dies for both. The patch quantities are for one block, so depending upon your final quilt size you can easily figure out the total patches needed. AccuQuilt GO! Dies and rotary cutting instructions are provided.

Fabric

Fabric A - Blue
Fabric B - Purple
Fabric C - Tan
Fabric D - Green

 

AccuQuilt GO! Dies

12" Block

Cut 1 Fabric A Square - GO! Square 4 1/2" 55060 or Value Die 55018

Cut 4 Fabric B Squares - Go! Square 2 1/2" 55059 or Value Die 55018 You can also use the Strip Cutter 2 1/2" die, 55014 or 55017 by cutting 2 1/2" strips then rotate the strips 90°, then cut again for 2 1/2" squares.

Cut 4 Fabric C Squares - Go! Square 2 1/2" 55059 or Value Die 55018 You can also use the Strip Cutter 2 1/2" die, 55014 or 55017 by cutting 2 1/2" strips then rotate the strips 90°, then cut again for 2 1/2" squares.

Cut 8 Fabric B Triangles - Go! Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

Cut 16 Fabric D Triangles - Go! Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

Cut 24 Fabric C Triangles - Go! Half Square 2" Finished Triangles: Die 55063 or Value Die 55018

 

18" Block

starburst-exCut 1 Fabric A Square - GO! Square 6 1/2" 55000

Cut 4 Fabric B Squares - Go! Square 3 1/2" 55006 You can also use the Strip Cutter 3 1/2" die, 55032 by cutting 3 1/2" strips then rotate the strips 90°, then cut again for 3 1/2" squares.

Cut 4 Fabric C Squares - Go! Square 3 1/2" 55006 You can also use the Strip Cutter 3 1/2" die, 55032 by cutting 3 1/2" strips then rotate the strips 90°, then cut again for 3 1/2" squares.

Cut 8 Fabric B Triangles - Go! Half Square 3" Finished Triangle: Die 55009

Cut 16 Fabric D Triangles - Go! Half Square 3" Finished Triangle: Die 55009

Cut 24 Fabric C Triangles - Go! Half Square 3" Finished Triangle: Die 55009

 

Rotary Cutting

12" Block

Cut 1 - 4 1/2" Square from Fabric A

Cut 4 - 2 1/2" Squares from Fabric B

Cut 4 - 2 1/2" Squares from Fabric C

Cut 4 - 2 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric B

Cut 8 - 2 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric D

Cut 12 - 2 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric C

 

18" Block

Cut 1 - 6 1/2" Square from Fabric A

Cut 4 - 3 1/2" Squares from Fabric B

Cut 4 - 3 1/2" Squares from Fabric C

Cut 4 - 3 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric B

Cut 8 - 3 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric D

Cut 12 - 3 7/8" Squares for half square triangles from Fabric C

 

Block Assembly Instructions

Half square triangles made from squares1. Assemble eight Fabric B and Fabric C half square triangles and assemble sixteen Fabric D and Fabric C half square triangles. Refer to the Half Square Triangles from Squares diagram if using rotary cut pieces or visit the Half Square Triangles Quilting Basic Section for more information.

2. Finger press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric and trim dog-eared corners, if needed. Double check measurements of the half squares. If doing the 12" block, your half squares should measure 2 1/2" unfinished. If doing the 18" block, your half squares should measure 3 1/2" unfinished. If the square ended up too small, check your seam allowance is a scant 1/4" or if it was too big, trim down.

3. Arrange the squares and half square triangles as shown in the exploded view.

4. Starting with the first row, align, pin and sew the squares and half square triangles together to form the first row unit. Sew the remaining rows in the same manner. The middle two rows will need to be assembled into squares and then sewn onto the center square.

5. Press the seam allowances of each unit in opposite directions to make it easier to nest the seams.

6. Match the seam lines in the first and second row, nesting the seams then pin. Sew the first and second rows together. Continue to add the remaining rows in this manner. Press the block on the back then the front.