Like the last few blocks this first one of the New Year contains the Three-triangle unit. Star and Pinwheels has Half-square triangles in its four corners and, like Martha Washington’s Star has the 3-triangle units forming the centre. You can download the instructions for the block here.
This is what the block looks like when nine are set together to make a quilt –
The block is symmetrical so turning it around makes no difference but you can always play with the colour.
This month we look at how to make the blocks ‘dance’. The technique is often called Twist and Turn and the instructions provided are based on those in a book – Twist and Turn by Sharyn Squier Craig published in 1996 by Chitra. This is a super book with lots of ideas for block settings with a difference. You can download a pdf of instructions for our quilt blocks here.
So here is Friendship Star dancing in the quilt –
and here is Eccentric Star from last month –
Next month we will have the instructions for our third block for the Dancing Blocks wallhanging.
This is another block with the three-triangle unit in the middle of the block giving a pinwheel effect. Just four of these units and four big Flying Geese units, together with squares in the corners, make this block with lots of opportunities for changing the look of the block with colour placement. Download the instructions to make the block here, along with ideas for colour and quilt settings.
I’m sure this block has featured on the blog before – probably as part of one the Block of the Month quilts – but no apologies for showing it again. You can download instructionsfor a 12 inch block here along with all sorts of ideas for colouring and quilt settings. Look on the Tutorials page for quick-piecing instructions for the various units in this block (and others in the series).
The instructions show the block in this colourway –
but here’s a few more ideas from almost monochrome, through acid greens to Autumnal –
In addition to the quilt ideas in the instructions, here’s a few more – starting with the block just straight set and no variations –
two differently coloured blocks –
then set on point –
and finally two very different colourways set together (though the same pale fabric does appear in both) –