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Rail Fence & Stars

Replicate these chocolate brown stars in pieced cream backgrounds or feature your favorite lights and darks. A blue ombré inner border and red print stars in the sashing pick up the flecks of blue and red sprinkled throughout many of the brown prints. All fabrics are from Mary's Chocolates by Mary Koval for Blank Quilting.

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1. For one star block, gather eight Rail Fence units and one 3-1/2" square and eight 2" squares in the same brown print.

2. Use a pencil or dressmaker’s chalk to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each brown print 2" square.

3. Align a marked square with one corner of a Rail Fence unit (Diagram 2; note directions of marked line and Rail Fence seams). Sew on marked line; trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle.

4. Align a marked square with adjoining corner of Rail Fence unit (Diagram 2; again note directions of marked line and seams). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a vertical star point unit. The unit should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make a second vertical star point unit. Referring to Diagram 3, position Rail Fence seams horizontally and repeat steps 3 and 4 to make two horizontal star point units.

6. Referring to Diagram 4 for placement, sew together remaining Rail Fence units, two vertical and two horizontal star point units, and brown print 3-1/2" square in rows. Press seams away from star point units. Join rows to make a star block. Press seams in one direction. The star block should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to make nine star blocks total.

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