How to make a liberated star my way – I don’t match points and wonky is good! This is the process I used to create the mini stars mini quilt found here.
Start with 9 squares each 2″ x 2″.
Pick a cute contrasting fabric and cut into 2.25″ squares, then in half. This doesn’t have to be exact. you can actually use any shape scrap you have laying around. It’s just easier to learn the process with little triangles. Notice the contrasting fabric is cut slightly larger than the base square.
I lay out the triangle as it will appear on the base to help me visualize where it’s going.
Then flip over and sew about 1/4″ seam. Doesn’t have to be exact – remember, this is liberated. Do be sure that when you flip over the triangle after sewing that it will cover the base entirely. I was very close in this one as you can see from the next photo.
Turn over and trim the contrasting fabric to the measurement of the base square. There is very little to trim here.
Once trimmed to the same size as the base square, cut the corner of the base off leaving a 1/4″ seam. Some quilters like to skip this step and that it fine too.
Here is what it should look like at this point.
Next take another contrasting triangle and sew on the opposite side of the base square.
Trim excess contrasting fabric to the size of the base square as shown below.
This is what you should have!
Make 3 more, for a total of 4 contrasting blocks. You can shift the triangles when sewing to create all kinds of angles in the finished star. Just make sure that before you sew you fold the triangle back to make sure it will cover the base square completely.
Press the rows so that the seam is going in different directions. The top & bottom rows I pressed away from the center square. The middle row I pressed towards the center square. When sewing the rows, there won’t be any lumps to sew through!
Enjoy your final square! These mini stars are quick and can be addictive.
Here’s the star used in a pillow top.
What will you do with yours?