Plus Star Block - Jen Kingwell Long Time Gone Quilt Along

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Plus Star Block 

My main goal was to use more orange fabric, in the shop i've spoken about how I have a hard time using orange fabric. In this block i've used fabric by Sarah Miller, Tula Pink and Liberty of London.


General Supply Info: 

  • I use  wool pressing mat, cordless iron and fabric starch 
  • Schmetz universal chrome needles or quilting piecing needles 75/11
  • Aurifil 40 wt Mako Cotton thread, is what I sew with, I typically always use white thread. 
  • Clover Clips
  • Sewing Pins
  • Design Wall or extra piece of batting

Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a prerequisite of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book I will note any mistakes in the booklet however that I ran into when cutting my fabric choices. 

Cut all the Pieces

Cut all pieces as per cutting instructions on page 11. Following cutting your pieces, a design wall is helpful should you be using any directional printed fabrics. A design wall, clean table or floor will do wonders when piecing this block. I choose to not make my block as scrappy for the Plus Star and I modified the star square to have a feature print instead of smaller squares within the Star. 

I cut from feature fabric of plus signs: 

2 squares of my medium orange 

1 rectangle of my medium orange 

2 squares of my light orange 

1 rectangle of my light orange 

2 squares of my navy fabric 

1 rectangle  of my navy fabric 

From my background/small print  white fabric:

11 Full sized Rectangles 

2 Smaller Rectangles (these are considered half plus signs in the book)

46 Squares 


For my star I followed all regular cutting instructions except I cut my star inside to be a larger square that was cut at  5 1/4 by 5 1/4. 

I found no measurement errors when sewing this block and used Jen's, diagrams within the book for piecing each unit. 

My blocks are not 100% perfect and for me that is okay, remember within what limits you are okay with within your quilt project. I made each block unique and only re-used my back ground or aka contrast fabric. 


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