Monday, 16 September 2013

Double Option Stars


This is an excellent way to use your Black & White neutrals 
in combination with bright colors.


 For 1 or 2 blocks:

1 - 2 1/2" Strip of each Black, White, and a Bright Color.

 Sew 3 - 2 1/2" Width of Fabric (WOF) strips together, 
keeping the black strip in the middle.  

Carefully line the sewn strips up on a cutting mat with the white strip on top.  

Place the 60 degree ruler line on the bottom seam line.   

Make your first cut on the right edge of the ruler.  

 Make this 60 degree cut as close to the strip ends as possible.  
You should be able to get 7 or 8 pieces out of the strip set. 

Now using the first cut as a guide, 
cut 4 1/2" pieces along the full strip set.   

Here are the pieces at this stage.  

Now trim each piece to a 4 1/2" square, 
centering the 4 1/2" on the strip set.   

Centering the ruler to make the 4 ½” block:

Use the center strip (black) as your reference point. 

Notice on the ruler where the 4 ½” line is. 

Use the points of the black strip (top left and bottom right of the black strip) to center your 4 ½” area on your ruler. 

Keep the black point at the top left and the black point at the bottom right even in the 4 ½” square. 

The squared up section.  

Now place 4 of the squares together making a star block to create this, 
Option 1 with the White Star. 

Or like this for Option 2 with the Yellow Star.   

Such a fun block to make!   
Please enjoy :)



  1. This is such a refreshing looking block! I love the controlled wonk invests. Thank you for sharing. Got a whole quilt done?

  2. Sorry the iPad changed my spelling. Controlled wonkiness I meant to say, love that.

  3. I am so excited to work on the rest of this quilt. The white and bright stars will show up together on the full quilt top. I will update this post when I complete it.

  4. A PDF file would be very much appreciated. Thank you. ~Sharon

  5. I am currently working on publishing a pattern book for purchase. Please watch for it. Thank you - Melanie

  6. I love this and yes a PDF file would be great!!!

  7. estou aprendendo muito! muito obrigado.

  8. Replies
    1. I'm glad that you are learning and enjoying! Please feel free to copy/paste my post to use as a pattern.

  9. I am a newbie. Tried this pattern and love it. Need a you tube tutorial. Going to make them for Quilts of Valor. Thank you. Denise.

  10. I am a newbie. Tried this pattern and love it. Need a you tube tutorial. Going to make them for Quilts of Valor. Thank you. Denise.

    1. Thank you - I'm glad that you are enjoying this project. I am honored that you will be making them for Quilts of Valor.

  11. Love this quilt! is you book out yet?

    1. Hello! No book yet, but loads of new tutorials since this post. Please check the right side bar for the "Blog Archive" (scroll down a bit from the top) or go to the main page at for new material. Thank you for following :)

  12. just what I was looking for, thank you, wonderful tuition for a beginner like me! Many thanks! xxx