Midwest Star Block – How To Blog #1

Well let’s just put it out there that September simply was lost in my life. So much travel and poof the month was gone. But it is now time to tackle the Midwest Star block.

A BIG thank you to all who have ordered the Midwest Star templates. I am excited that so many of you also are loving the dual size option of a 12″ and 8″ block being available.

A BIG thank you to all who have ordered the Midwest Star templates. I am excited that so many of you also are loving the dual size option of a 12″ and 8″ block being available.

Let’s get started on the how- to instructions for this dynamic block.

As you can see it is a 3 template set with piece C being a “hinged” template. You can find information about hinged templates covered in this blog.

How to use template C for Midwest Star block

Let’s get right to working on the block. I am skipping past the trace & cut instructions that can be found in past block How-To blogs and videos found on my Facebook page.

Fabrics cut and ready to sew!

The nine patch center is constructed in the traditional manner of joining squares into columns and then columns into block form.

Make note of the “roundabout technique” that is used (red circles in above graphics) when sewing your columns/rows together. This technique is covered in the written instructions included with each template set and will be demonstrated LIVE in the Facebook Live event announced at the end of this blog. You can also find it demoed in several other LIVE videos that are currently available under the VIDEO tab on the MDQuilts Facebook page.

Nine Patch center done!

Next up are the four triangle star points – composed of 4 triangles! These units sew up very quickly as they can be completed without a thread break. Just follow the arrows in the instructional graphic below.

First Side – two triangles joined
Second Side – three triangles joined
Third Side – unit done!

Center done.

Four Triangle/Star Point units done.

Next blog – we complete the block.

How – to Blog #2 will post on Thursday. Then watch for a special – “what if I did this” playing with the templates blog to post on Sunday.

A Facebook LIVE event covering the Midwest Star block is scheduled for 11am cst on Saturday, October 12th

You can find the templates for hand piecing (or machine piecing!) the Midwest Star block by clicking the link below. And as always all blocks in the Mic’s Attic Picks series are also available in English Paper Piecing format.

Have a great day,

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