Pansy Star

This next block in the Birthday Celebration Sampler is called Pansy Star. Cindy loves pansies and is making her sampler in pansy colors of purple and yellow. I had to smile when I saw she found a block that included something about pansies.

This block has several pieces, yet goes together easily. As with all blocks, use the methods you prefer for your cutting and piecing. If you rather make your HST differently or use strip-piecing, then by all means do so. It is amazing the different ways you can do almost anything and just goes to show how creative minds come up with unending variety.

To make this block in a 12” finished size you will need to cut the following:

Cream:

8 squares at 2-3/8”

24 squares at 2”

Pink:

8 squares at 2-3/8”

8 squares at 2”

Yellow:

8 squares at 2”

Blue:

8 squares at 2”

Draw a diagonal line on the back on the cream 2-3/8” squares. Align these right sides together with the pink 2-3/8” squares. Sew 1/4” from each side of the drawn line. Cut on the line; press open toward the pink, trim the points. You will have 16 Half-Square-Triangle squares (HST) and they each should measure 2” square.

make 16

Next, you are going to be making eight 4-patch units using the above HST squares, the 8 remaining pink squares, and 8 cream squares. Pay attention to orientation to make these 4-patches. You will have 8 all the same and each should measure 3-1/2”.

lay your squares out like this

make 8 exactly the same

With all the squares you have remaining, pay attention to orientation and make eight 4-patches that are all the same. Again, these should each measure 3-1/2”.

make 8 exactly like this

Grab two of each set of the 4-patches and arrange into a larger 4-patch, again paying close attention to orientation. Look at it twice before you sew your 4-patch together. Now make 3 more exactly like it. You will have 4 squares that are all the same and each should measure 6-1/2”.

lay out exactly like this

make 4 all the same

Ok, one more time with making yet another 4-patch. Be sure you look how each unit is turned. Once you sew this 4-patch, your block is completed and should measure 12-1/2”. Yeah! Another block done.

pay attention to orientation

If you wanted to make this block into an 8” finished size, cut your squares at 1-7/8” and 1-1/2” and follow the same procedure.