Skill Level: Beginner
The Evening Star quilt block is one of many variations of a Sawtooth Star block—this time the star is light and the background is dark.
We'll use a technique called 'connector corners' to make the four Flying Geese units needed for this block.
Since the piecing goes so very quickly, this would be a good option for a last minute baby quilt.
If you're a machine embroiderer, the open, un-pieced center square in the 8" finished block is 4", making it the perfect size to showcase one of your many 4" machine embroidery collections.
That open space makes this block ideal for a signature quilt—for a retirement party, bridal shower or for a child going off to college in need of some reassurance.
Included on this page are instructions for 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12" blocks.
Block Size: 8" (8-1/2" unfinished)
Grid size: 2"
All seams are 1/4".
When you are instructed to press, first press the pieced unit flat to set the seam. Then open the patch, pressing from the front. Suggestions as to which way to press the seams are included below.
Click here for cutting instructions for additional block sizes.
A directional print is used as the light fabric in this example. Instructions are given so that the fabric design flows in one direction when the block is finished.
One 4-1/2" square
Four 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
These are the cut patches to make this block.
Flying Geese Units
Mark the back of each of the 8 light squares with a diagonal line from corner to corner.
To keep the lines of our light fabric aligned in the finished block, notice that the line is drawn in one direction for half the squares and the opposite way for the other half.
Each Flying Geese will take three patches to make.
With RST, align one light square with the end of a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" dark rectangle. The drawn line bisects the corner.
Start your stitching on an anchor cloth and stitch from one end of the drawn line to the other. You can chain stitch these units one after another.
Press flat to set the seam. Trim a quarter inch seam allowance into the side of the stitching line closest to the unsewn corner.
Press the light patch open and towards the corner.
Repeat for the 3 remaining rectangles. (Remember that if you're using a directional print to alternate the position of the connector corners as you stitch.)
With RST, stitch the second connector corner to the other end of the rectangle. The drawn line bisects the corner on the same long side as the previous connector corner does. Again, you can chain stitch these units one after another.
Press flat to set the seam. Then trim the seam allowance to quarter inch. Then press the light patch open and towards the corner.
Check to make sure the edges of the patches align. Trim the light fabric down if needed.
Your Flying Geese unit looks like this and measures 2-1/2" x 4-1/2".
Lay out the pieces for your Evening Star quilt block.
Sew the units in each row together. Press the seam allowances in the direction of the arrows.
Stitch the rows together, pinning if needed.
Your Evening Star quilt block looks like this from the back.
Click here to learn the secret of how to press your quilt blocks flatter than ever before. You won't believe just how simple it is, even with the extra layer of fabric in this connector corners technique.
Your finished Evening Star quilt block looks like this.
Use this chart to make an Evening Star block in another size.
|Finished Block Size|
|Light||1||2-1/2” sq||3-1/2” sq||5-1/2” sq||6-1/2” sq|
|Light||8||1-1/2” sq||2” sq||3” sq||3-1/2”sq|
|Dark||4||1-1/2” x 2-1/2”||2” x 3-1/2”||3” x 5-1/2”||3-1/2” x 6-1/2”|
|Dark||4||1-1/2” sq||2” sq||3” sq||3-1/2” sq|
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