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Flannel Stars and Trees

Flannel quilts are just the right weight to carry to an outdoor event or curl up with by the fireplace, making them the ultimate cover-ups for cool fall days. Designer Peggy Kotek sprinkled 25 pieced blocks—trees, stars, and bow ties—among assorted setting squares to make a generous-size throw.

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Cut and Assemble Star Blocks


The following instructions will make one star block. Repeat to make 12 star blocks total. Click on "Download this Project" for patterns.

From one medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe, cut:
8—2" squares

From a second medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe, cut:
1—31/2" square

From one light print or plaid, cut:
4—2x3-1/2" rectangles
4—2" squares

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe 2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw the lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under the squares.)

2. Align a marked 2" square with one end of a light print or plaid 2x3-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

3. Align a second marked 2" square with opposite end of rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of drawn line). Sew, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The Flying Geese unit should be 2x3-1/2" including seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make four Flying Geese units total.

5. Referring to Diagram 5, lay out the medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe 3-1/2" square, Flying Geese units, and light print or plaid 2" squares in three rows.

6. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward squares. Join rows to make a star block. Press seams in one direction. The star block should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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