Education Sampler Sew-A-Long

The Final Block! Block 12 Stargaze

I hope you are feeling pretty good about your piecing skills, especially your consistent scant 1/4″ seams!  I will do a recap of all you have learned or at least had the experience making when our quilts are completed.  I think you will be surprised at the skills you now have in your background!


On to Block 12! I think this is a great block and depending how your color contrast between the light and darker fabrics is, you may see this not as another pinwheel block, but a 3 dimensional block.



This is a picture of my pieces in order to be sewn into rows.  You must pay special attention to the layout.  In my rush putting together the wine and cream block, well, let me just say my seam ripper and I will be spending some time with that block!

You will need:

  • two dark and two med dark 2 1/2″ squares
  • two dark and two med dark 2 7/8″ squares
  • four med light and four light 2 7/8″ squares



Following the same directions for making half square triangles as in Block 11, you will need the 2 7/8″ blocks paired with RST before sewing, cutting and pressing:

  • dark with light (1 each)
  • dark with med light (1 each)
  • med dark with light (1 each)
  • med dark with med light (1 each)
  • light with med light (2 each)

Layout the blocks as shown in the photo.  Sew each row, then rows together to complete the block.  Press flat.

What I want is for you to look at this block and see I simplified the long prism blocks by making 2 half square triangle blocks.  You could have cut the prism shapes using a prism ruler or using the 45 degree line on your ruler.  Consider how this would affect your block construction.   Perhaps I will use this block as a demo on how to cut prisms and piece this block using Y seams.  You’ll probably be happy this time I went for the simpler way!

See my post Squaring Blocks, the next step needed to prepare for either sashing or sewing your blocks together without sashing.