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Star Crossed

The deliberate placement of light, medium, and dark prints creates the strong diagonal effect between the star blocks in this wall hanging. Dark reds and browns from Heather Mulder Peterson's Cottage Charm collection for Henry Glass & Co. add weight to the borders and star block centers, while pastels add softness.

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Assemble B Blocks


 1. Referring to Diagram 7, sew together two pink-and-green stripe large triangles and two yellow polka-dot large triangles in pairs. Press seams toward pink-and-green stripe triangles. Join pairs to make a large hourglass unit. Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 8" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four large hourglass units total.

2. Sew green print 1-3/4x8" rectangles to opposite edges of a large hourglass unit (Diagram 8). Add green print 1-3/4x10-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to make a bordered unit. Press all seams toward rectangles. Repeat to make 4 bordered units total.

3. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each brown polka-dot 3" square.

4. Align a marked brown polka-dot square with one corner of a bordered unit (Diagram 9; note direction of marked line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle, pressing seam toward brown polka dot. In the same manner, add marked brown polka-dot squares to remaining corners of bordered unit to make a B block (Diagram 9; again note direction of marked lines). Block B should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four B blocks total.

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