I tried to get my hand on a copy, but it seems to be a magazine for members of the American Quilters. I love how Amy’s version shows both the stars and the alternate square pattern. (Amy commented below. This magazine is now in stores. She found hers at JoAnne’s. While we don’t have a JoAnne’s, I bet Hobby Lobby, Hancock’s, or Books A Million may carry it.)
I want a scrappy version for my blocks and made up paper pieces and gave them a try. I’m not trying for the stars effect and may actually have more of a kaleidoscope effect. PDF can be found here.
When sewing these, notice that the small center square meets the pieced block where the pieced strips come together. The pattern piece is marked to show placement.
- Attach the small square to one pieced block. The pattern piece is marked to show placement (see 2nd photo at right). Sew half way through the small square. (3rd photo at right shows a purple mark at stopping point.)
- Iron the seam only at the sewn edge. (This is the only seam I iron towards the small square. Not ironing through the whole sewn seam will make it a little easier to join that last seam.)
- Attach next pieced block by matching the small square to the corner where strips come together as marked on pattern piece. (see center photo at right.)
- Iron seams toward pieced block.
- Repeat for all pieced blocks.
- The last seam begins where the first seam stopped. (Next to last photo.)
- Iron block and trim to 12″. (Note for Simply Solid Bee …. I made a couple blocks that were a bit short of the 12″. If yours is short, don’t worry about it. Just don’t trim and I will trim all received blocks to the same size.)
And that’s it. Writing tutorials is not my strong point, so if you have any issues with this block, please let me know!