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Two-Tone Star Table Runner

With clever fabric placement in each star block in a graphic, gift-worthy table runner, quilt tester Laura Boehnke created the illusion of diagonal stripes. The black-and-white batiks are from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Assemble Block A


1. For block A, gather one each of the following pieces: solid white 3-3/4", 3-3/8", and 3" squares; of black-and-white batik No. 1—3-3/4" and 3-3/8" squares; black batik 3-3/4" and 3-3/8" squares; and black-and-white batik No. 2—3-3/4", 3-3/8", and 3" squares.

2. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of solid white 3-3/4" square.

3. Place marked solid white square atop black-and-white batik No. 1—3-3/4" square. Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1). Cut pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seam toward darker fabric, to make two large white triangle-squares. Each should be 3-3/8" square including seam allowances.

4. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line perpendicular to seam line on wrong side of a large white triangle-square.

5. Layer marked and unmarked large white triangle-squares with each white triangle facing a black-and-white batik triangle (Diagram 2). Sew pair together 1/4" on each side of drawn line. Cut pair apart on drawn line. Press each unit open, pressing seam in one direction, to make two white hourglass units. Each hourglass unit should be 3" square including seam allowances.

6. Using black batik instead of solid white and black-and-white batik No. 2 instead of No. 1, repeat steps 2–5 to make two black hourglass units (Diagram 3).

7. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of solid white 3-3/8" square. Using marked solid white square and a black-and-white batik No. 2—3-3/8" square, repeat Step 3 to make two small white triangle-squares (Diagram 5). Each should be 3" square including seam allowances.

8. Use a chalk pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of black batik 3-3/8" square. Using marked black batik square and black-and-white batik No. 1—3-3/8" square, repeat Step 3 to make two small black triangle-squares (Diagram 4). (You will use only one. Later, when repeating this step to make a pair of matching blocks, you will use both.) Each should be 3" square including seam allowances.

9. Referring to Diagram 6, lay out one solid white 3" square, two white hourglass units, two small white triangle-squares, one small black triangle-square, two black hourglass units, and one black-and-white batik No. 2—3" square in three rows.

10. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams away from hourglass units. Join rows to make block A. Press seams toward center row. The block should be 8" square including seam allowances.

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