This makes a 12" block and is partly paper pieced !

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Click here for the template!

The first thing that I would recommend that you do, is go to the Practice Paper Piecing Page.  When you feel comfy with paper piecing, come on back and try a Blazing Star block! You will need to print out one copy of the template page per block you want to make on very lightweight paper. Fat Quarters should be plenty!

** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by cutting one Color 2  1-1/2" x 12" strip into eight 1-1/2" squares...

Next speed piece the half squares, by stacking the Color 1 and Color 3  3-7/8" x 15-1/2" strips, right sides together and all edges aligned. On the back of the top strip, lightly mark the 3-7/8" square lines and mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left. Now sew a scant 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Now cut apart on the marked diagonals and on the 3-7/8" square lines. This will give you eight half squares. Press seams towards the darker fabric.  Place a Color 2 square right sides together against the lower corner of each. Draw in the diagonal on the back of the small square and sew on the drawn line. Cut off the excess seam allowance, pressing the remainder towards the triangle. (Half will be sewn onto the lower right as shown at left-the other half will need to be on the lower left, with your half square turned once to the left.) Trim these back to measure 3-1/2" if needed. Sew these together in pairs and press seam to one side. Make four units like this...

Now sew together two Color 3 and one Color 2  1-1/2" x 12" strips along the long edges, Press seams to darker side. Cut this apart at 1-1/2" intervals to make eight pieced units. Sew together two Color 2 and one Color 3  1-1/2" x 6" strips in the same manner and cut at 1-1/2" intervals to make four pieced units. Using these sew four of the Nine Patch units shown at bottom left. Trim to 3-1/2" if needed...on to Page 2!
Sept 27 2005 Marcia Hohn

Original  Block