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Square in a Square Stars is such a traditional block in my opinion. You can choose to follow the booklets cutting instructions or follow my modifications.
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 5-6. Following cutting your pieces, a design wall is helpful should you be using any directional printed fabrics. I cut all my background/neutral fabric as directed and used a lovely White Art Gallery fabric for this. For my feature fabric I used a Ruby Star speckled and Liberty of London Floral:
I cut the larger squares all in the liberty fabric (total of 5)
I than modified the pattern to have 20 of the smaller squares in the liberty print and than cut 16 of those same squares in the ruby star grey fabric.
I only cut the rectangles in the the grey ruby star fabric.
I ended up using 3 fabrics total, the example in the booklet that is Jens block uses: at least 10 different fabrics. So you can choose to piece this block with a scrappy look or a more uniform style block.
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.