Thursday, December 5, 2013


So I set to work on my Starburst quilt blocks and it turns out that this pattern has a really neat piecing process.  The overall block looks like this (sorry about the bad lighting):

When I first saw those spiky outside pieces, I thought I would have to cut rectangles and then sew things together on an angle.  Wrong!

You actually make half square triangles of a background fabric and a print fabric, then slice your finished square into three strips, rearranging their order:

Mentally swap that strip that has the small printed section with the strip that has the large printed section and you'll get a picture in your head of an HST.  I wish I could show you the pattern instructions but that would be violating the designer's copyright.  Trust me.  It's darn cool.

I especially like it because I am not the best presser in the world.  If I had pieced those strips the way I originally imagined, my pressing would have been really wonky.  By starting with a nice crisp HST, my individual strips held their shape much better.

All the blocks are now done.  I just need to add in the sashing, cornerstones and borders.  Another really fast, really fun pattern from Margot at The Pattern Basket!


  1. Where can I get this pattern?? Is it called Starburst?? This looks like something I could acutally handle ;-)

  2. Michelle, I bought my Starburst pattern directly from the designer's website at

  3. Wow, that is a very cool pattern. I just checked out the Pattern Basket and she has a lot of great patterns. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is such a cute block and you make it sound so easy to construct. I may be spending some money on a couple of Margot's patterns. She has quite a few really cute ones.

  5. that is a neat pattern, love the simplicity of making something that looks so complicated!

  6. The method you described sounds similar to one that Bonnie Hunter has used for a Scrappy Mountains block. It is indeed very, very cool, and saves so much time!


  7. I think you have good sense in making design. Manything will give advantage for people who love clothes design like me.
    if we do it from our hearth, everything in universe will make us better.
    Thank you very much. Go on to make better our life.
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