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Starry Lane Wall Hanging

A festive framework for Starry Lane blocks results in a bright wall hanging. Fanciful orange, red, and yellow prints from Julie Paschkis’ Folklorica collection for In the Beginning Fabrics make pinwheels and star points pop like colorful confetti against the black background.

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1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each yellow print and orange print 2-1/2" square.

2. Align a marked yellow print square with one end of a black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. In same manner, add a second marked yellow print square to opposite end of black tone-on-tone rectangle. Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 4-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 Flying Geese units total.

3. Referring to Diagram 5, join two yellow print 1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles and one Flying Geese unit to make a star point unit. Press seams toward yellow print rectangles. The star point unit should be 6-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 star point units total.

4. Referring to Diagram 6, lay out an orange block center, four star point units, and four black tone-on-tone 2-1/2" squares in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams away from star point units. Join rows to make a Starry Lane A block. Press seams toward block center. The A block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make five Starry Lane A blocks total.

6. Using marked orange print 2-1/2" squares, remaining black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, orange print 1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles, yellow block centers, and black tone-on-tone 2-1/2" squares, repeat steps 2–4 to make four Starry Lane B blocks total.

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