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Floating Stars Wall Hanging

Just two blocks—a star block in two colorways and an hourglass block that gets rotated—team up in a wall hanging. Florals, prints, and a stripe from Floral Melody by Ro Gregg for Northcott Silks provide a soft color palette.

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Assemble Hourglass Blocks


1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each dark tan floral 5-1/4" square.

2. Using a marked dark tan floral square and an aqua floral 5-1/4" square, refer to Assemble Star Blocks, Step 2, to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 4-7/8" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four triangle-squares total.

3. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of two triangle-squares, perpendicular to seam line (Diagram 6).

4. Layer marked triangle-square atop an unmarked triangle-square, placing dark tan floral triangles on aqua floral triangles (Diagram 6). Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each unit open, pressing seams in one direction, to make two hourglass units. Each hourglass unit should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four hourglass units total.

5. Lay out an hourglass unit, two dark tan floral 2x4-1/2" rectangles, two aqua floral 2x4-1/2" rectangles, and four assorted cream print 2" squares in three rows (Diagram 7; note placement of brown and aqua florals). Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward 2x4-1/2" rectangles. Join rows to make a block center. Press seams away from center row. The block center should be 7-1/2" square including seam allowances.

6. Lay out the block center, two dark tan floral 2x7-1/2" rectangles, two aqua floral 2x7-1/2" rectangles, and four assorted cream print 2" squares in three rows (Diagram 8; again note placement of brown and aqua florals). Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward 2x7-1/2" rectangles. Join rows to make an hourglass block. Press seams away from center row. The block should be 101/2" square including seam allowances.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make four hourglass blocks total.

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