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Old Block Quilt-Along, Part 22: Star Center

Andrea from Quiltmanufaktur and author for the German BERNINA blog is your guide for this fantastic quilt-along over the next 12 months. Together, you will sew classic patchwork blocks and combine them into a sampler. The completed quilt will be traditional, yet modern! The next part has been written and we are delighted that you join this quilt project.

Hello everyone, it’s time for another new block! Today, as part of the Old Block Quilt-Along, I am showing you the 22nd patchwork block, “Star Center”.

This Block was published in “Farm and Home” magazine, which appeared monthly after 1880.

We are sewing the “Star Center” patchwork block

The block is sewn using both pattern templates and the foundation paper piecing technique.

Download the patchwork templates

For cutting out, I have created three PDF documents to download:

  • The first is a coloring sheet. This allows you to try out colors and designs for this block to see what they look like.
  • On the second PDF you will find the templates for the foundation paper piecing
  • and on the third you will find the pattern templates.

On the PDFs with the FPP templates and the pattern templates, I have put a control square with a side length of 1 inch so that you can check whether your printout of the templates is the right size. It is important to set your print options to “Actual size”.

Here are the downloads:

“Star Center” coloring sheet

“Star Center” FPP template

“Star Center” templates

Cutting out the pattern pieces

You will need to cut out the following number of pieces:

  • Template A: 4 x patterned fabric
  • Template B: 4 x background fabric
  • Template C: 1 x patterned fabric

4 sections for the center block are made using the FPP technique.

Sewing the “Star Center” patchwork block

First, make the four sections using the FPP technique. Then lay out the resulting pattern pieces along with the rest of the pieces to get an overview of the block.

Join two of the FPP sections to the middle block. Sew the B pattern pieces onto the other two FPP sections.

Then join the three strips together to form the center block.

In the next step, sew on the outer triangles, first the two opposite ones and then the two remaining triangles.

And this sweet little “Star Center” is now finished.

You’re done! And it is also the end of the series of small blocks. How did you like them? How about making a small quilt from this latest block?

New here?

Have you only just discovered the quilt-along? No problem! You can join at any time. Registration is not required, and you can win a BERNINA 570 QE! All the posts will remain permanently available:

In the first post, which was the invitation to participate in the quilt-along, you will find the important initial information about our joint project:

Old Block Quilt-Along – who’s in?

You can find the rest of the blocks from the quilt-along that have already been published here:

Old Block Quilt-Along – overview of all the posts

I’m glad you’re taking part and I hope to see more wonderful pictures of your blocks!

Best regards,

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  • Stacey Haney EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    It would be great if the patterns included the dimensions of the cut pieces.  

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