So, there is a common middle eastern pattern sometimes known as the “star of the prophet”, much like a David’s star or a pentagram.
This one traditionally has eight points, and is interspaced by crosses.
First: Some ground rules for inexperienced quilters!
- Wash your fabrics. The “quick program” in a lingerie bag in a washing machine should sort you out. The bag will prevent crazy fraying.
- Iron before cutting, without stretching the fabric. If you do, it will shrink after you’ve cut it.
- Iron your seam allowances to one side after every seam. It will be less strain on the seams, and let them stay invisible, as compared to ironing them open like in normal sewing.
- Make sure your fabric is flat under your ruler before you cut.
- Double check that you’re using 1/4” seam allowance.
- Don’t trust your cat with any step in the process.
Right! On with the measurements. Note that this is a “friendly oversized pattern”, that you’ll trim down to size later.
This pattern makes one 12.5” block (12” plus seam allowance) You will need three fabrics. I shall call them “blue”, “green”, and “parchment”, to match the picture. (somewhat)
1pc 9” square
8pcs 2 1/4” square
4pcs 2 1/4” square
4pcs 3” x 8”
4pcs 3” x 4 3/4”
Why “parchment” and not just “white”? Well, my boyfriend says white is void, an unfinished color, and that it is of some importance. While I’m not convinced this isn’t just school talk to convince the students to not leave parts of the canvas blank, I’m going with it.
On the back of all your small squares, draw a diagonal line
Put your green squares aside for now.
Grab all your blue squares, and line them up to “corner off” your parchment pieces, half in one corner, and half in the other corner.
If your proportions of longer vs shorter parchment pieces doesn’t match mine, don’t worry! I just cut mine wrong.
Sew along your diagonal lines, then cut and press.
Pin your opposite corners together, making sure to match short pieces with short pieces. Make sure that you match up your seams, NOT your edges. Insert your pins at an angle, so you don’t twist the fabric out of line.
If all went well, you should get pretty decent points when you press them. But if they’re not, it most likely won’t be noticed anyway.
Now it’s time to attach them to your center square. Fold your square in half and press at the fold to give yourself a mark to match your seam to. Then pin your short pieces opposite each others, from that marked point and outwards. This gives you some leeway to match up your fabric edges evenly as well, while keeping your star fairly centered.
Sew and press. I like to press the seam towards the nice and friendly empty space in the middle. (I didn’t here though, I pressed it outwards for the short sides, and inwards for the long… but I think inwards for both would be a better idea)
Attach the long sides the same way, pin, sew, and press. If everything went well, you should be able to put a 12 1/2 inch ruler across the star and have 1/4 seam allowance from each edge point.
Cut to size, 12 1/2”.
Now it’s time for the green corners.
Same as before, but be ware of the tiny bump of the underlying seam at one end of them.
Cut them off…
You should now have a nice, friendly star to make into a bigger pattern, here displayed by my shoddy photoshop skills based on a top-down photo.