Skill Level: Beginner
The Ribbon Star quilt block is made quickly and easily using the Connector or Folded Corners technique—there's not a triangle to cut nor a bias edge to sew.
That makes this is an awesome little block for the beginning quilter.
Let's get started with our Ribbon Star block.
Seam allowances (SA) are all pressed toward the darker fabric and are all 1/4".
These abbreviations are used in this tutorial:
Sample Size: 9" finished / 9½" unfinished
Design Type: Even 9-patch
That's all it takes!
The only thing to be concerned with is that there is enough contrast between your fabric choices so that all your piecing is visible, and the points show.
A piece of cake!
Cutting Chart for a~ Traditional Piecing ~
|Patch||Fabric||Qty||Finished Block Size|
|1||L||5||1 1/2”sq||2” x 2"||2 1/2”sq|
|2||D||4||1 1/2”sq||2” x 2"||2 1/2”sq|
|3||L||4||1 1/2” x 3 1/2”||2” x 5”||2 1/2” x 6 1/2”|
|4||D||8||1 1/2” x 3 1/2”||2” x 5”||2 1/2” x 6 1/2”|
|5||L||8||1 1/2”sq||2” x 2"||2 1/2”sq|
|6||L||4||3 1/2”sq||5”sq||6 1/2”sq|
|Unfinished Block Size||9 1/2"||14"||18 1/2"|
|Grid Size||1"||1 1/2"||2"|
With right sides together (RST), sew a #1 to a #2. Press. Repeat for a total of three pairs (below, bottom).
With RST, add a #1 to two pairs and a #2 to the remaining pair, alternating the fabrics so that you have two #1/#2/#1 units (below, left) and one #2/#1/#2 (below, right).
Press and set aside.
Using the Connector Corners method, draw a diagonal line on the backside of all eight #5s. I like to use a mechanical pencil because the line is always fine and never dulls.
Position a marked #5, RST, with the end of a #4. Stitch on the line.
Trim away the excess fabric with a scissor, leaving behind a quarter inch SA between the stitching line and where the corner was.
Press the SA towards either the light or dark fabric.
This next part is the trickiest part of the whole block—not because it's hard, but because it may look a bit confusing.
Stitch four of these pairs of patches so that the stitching line goes from lower left to upper right and four going from upper left to lower right as shown below.
Double check as you're sewing. It's easy to get one of the #5s flipped around and end up with 3 diagonals going in one direction and 5 in the other. (Hate that!)
These are the finished #4/#5s.
Next, arrange two #4/#5 with a #3 so that the angle slants down toward the #3 in the middle (below, left).
With RST, stitch one #4/#5 to the #3 (below, right). Press.
Add the second #4/#5 to the opposite side in the same manner. Press.
Arrange the cut and sewn patches as show below with the points radiating out from the center.
Stitch the units in each row together. The SA between the side units and the center nine-patch will nest. Use pins if needed to insure a good match.
To complete our Ribbon Star, sew the rows together. Again, pin if it helps you keep the SA aligned.